March 28, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Collin Bennett had three hits and drove in the game-winner with a double in the fifth as the University of Hawaii salvaged a game of the three-game series with Cal State Fullerton with a 10-7 win on Sunday at Goodwin Field.
The Titans scored in five of the first seven innings but were unable to score more than two in any inning. They drop to 12-11. Hawaii did most of its damage scoring five times in the second and a four times in the fifth to improve to 13-11.
Matt Sisto (3-3) needed the two big innings as he threw 106 pitches over 5.1 innings and gave up six runs on 12 hits in his time on the mound. The righty got the win and was helped by fellow hurlers Alex Capaul and Lenny Linsky who gave up just one run on five hits over the final 3.2 innings. Linsky notched his fifth save of the year.
Tyler Pill, making his second start of the week, went 3-for-3 at the plate but lasted just 1.2 innings and was touched for five runs on six hits on the mound, dropping his record to 1-4.
After Pill struck out the side in the first, the Rainbows sent nine men to the plate in the second. Back to-back run-scoring hits by Greg Garcia (two-run single) and David Freitas (RBI-double) wrapped around a run-scoring wild pitch put the Titans down 5-0 after just an inning and a half. Reliever Dylan Floro uncorked the wild pitch to the only batter he faced before recording a strikeout to end the inning.
Fullerton chipped away over the next three innings to get as close at 5-4 after four. Nick Ramirez picked up the Titans' first run in the second with a sacrifice fly and catcher Zach Tanida later followed with an RBI-double.
Carlos Lopez's third-inning solo home run to right off Sisto got the Titans to within two runs and extended his team-best hitting streak to 17 games. It was his third round-tripper of the season.
Hawaii struck again in the top of the fifth, this time off Floro and Kyle Mertins. Five straight hits (three doubles and two singles) to lead off the inning brought home three of the four runs with passed ball charged to Tanida bringing home the fourth. Bennett, Mertin's first batter faced out of the pen, delivered the game-winning hit, a double to the left-center field gap.
Singles by Ramirez, pinch-hitter Billy Marcoe and Kingsolver loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, and was the final straw for Sisto. Christian Colon scored Ramirez with a fielder's choice, and Gary Brown drove home another with a chopped single over the third baseman's head. But with two on, and two out, Capaul got Lopez to ground weakly to first ending the Titan threat.
After Hawaii scored in the top half to increase their lead to 10-6, the Titans score one more time in their half with a Marcoe single to left off Laskey. The right-hander came in with two out in the seventh and wound up striking out Kingsolver looking with runners at second and third to end the inning. He went on to work the final 2.2 innings, surrendering just three hits fanning one.
Ramirez moved from first base and pitched the final three frames of the game for Fullerton, allowing a run on three hits, picking up three strikeouts in the process.
For the second straight day, the Titans collected 17 hits (the third-best season total) and had six players with multi-hit efforts. Pill was the only Titans with three hits, while Brown, Corey Jones, Ramirez, Marcoe and Kingsolver had two hits apiece.
Bennett was one of three Rainbows (Kolton Wong and Kevin Macdonald) with three hits and matched Garcia's two RBI on the afternoon.
The Titans will open Big West Conference action next weekend with UC Davis coming to town in a Thursday (7 p.m.), Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.) three-game series at Goodwin Field. The Titans' pitching rotation will remain the same as this weekend with Noe Ramirez working the opener and being followed by Daniel Renken and Tyler Pill in the final two games.