March 27, 2011
Honolulu, Hawaii - Ivory Thomas and Anthony Trajano each had two hits and Nick Ramirez drove in all three runs as No. 13 Cal State Fullerton completed a four-game sweep of the University of Hawaii with a 3-2 non-conference baseball win on Sunday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.
The Titans win their eighth ball game in their last nine contests and improve to 16-8 on the year and take a 8-4 lead over the Rainbows in the all-time series. The Rainbows fall to 11-13.
Ramirez broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning with a fly ball that missed going out for a grand slam by about two feet. The leaping grab at the top of the wall in center field by Breland Almadova saved multiple runs, but did allow Matt Orloff to score the go-ahead run on the sacrifice fly off losing pitcher Zach Gallagher (3-1).
The lone Titan run was enough to get Titan starter David Hurlbut (1-0) his first victory of the season. The southpaw held the Rainbows to just three hits over five innings while fanning six. Jake Floethe, the fourth Titan pitcher of the game, earned his second save of the year with a scoreless 1.2 innings to close out the game.
After singles by Thomas and Trajano and a wild pitch that put them both in scoring postion, Ramirez delivered again with a two-run single to center to make it 3-0 in the Titans' favor in the seventh.
Hawaii crept back in with two runs charged to Chris Devenski in the eighth inning. A walk to pinch-hitter Collin Bennett, and a double into the left field corner set up RBI opportunities for Pi'ikea Kitamura and Kolton Wong. Kitamura grounded out to first and Wong delivered a single to center, both off Floethe in for Devenski.
Fullerton finished the week 5-1, playing six games over the last seven days. The last four in Hawaii were played without the services of eight regulars that were suspended for breaking team rules.
The Titans get a shot at some redemption on Tuesday (Mar. 29), when they face UCLA at 6 p.m. at Goodwin Field. The Bruins knocked the Titans out of contention in the Los Angeles Super Regional in 2010 and went on to make it to the Championship Series at the College World Series. Colin O'Connell will be on the mound for the Titans.