April 3, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Senior catcher Billy Marcoe blasted a game-winning solo home run leading off the bottom of the eighth inning to propel Cal State Fullerton to a 3-2 victory over UC Davis and complete the three-game Big West Conference series sweep Saturday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
The Titans jump to a season-best 4 games over .500, improving to 15-11, 3-0. The Titans are now 16-2 all-time against the Aggies. Davis drops to 12-12, 0-3.
Marcoe, who had two career home runs coming into the day, blasted a Scott Lyman offering over the left-center field wall to snap a 2-2 tie that had been in place since the bottom of the fifth.
Lyman worked seven-plus innings and allowed just three runs on nine-hits after the Titans pounded out 43 runs on 43 hits over the first two games of the series. Lyman dropped to 1-3.
Kyle Mertins threw 6.2 innings and allowed just two runs on four hits but reliver Derrick Dingeman (1-0) faced two batters in the eighth to pick up the win. Mertins was pitching in lieu of regularly scheduled starter Tyler Pill, who took the day off to rest his arm after logging quite a few innings over the past few weeks. Despite walking five Aggies, Mertins held the Aggies at bay and struck out five along the way.
Some of those walks played a part in the first two Aggie runs of the afternoon. Seth Batty drew a free pass in the first and came around to score on David Popkins' double into the left field corner. Then a pair of walks started the Davis third with both runners advancing 90 feet on Batty's sacrifice bunt. Scott Heylman scored from third as Popkins grounded out to second for the second out of the inning to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead.
Fullerton put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. Christian Colon singled over the shortstop and moved to second when Gary Brown was hit by Lyman's pitch. Carlos Lopez walked to load the bases and Tyler Pill's double to left-center scored Brown and Colon to lock the game up.
The Titans' next action will come on the road on Tuesday, Apr.6, at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Kevin Rath is the likely starter for that game.