LMU Tops Titans, 8-3, As Offensive Woes Continue
April 7, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Angelo Songco homered and drove in five runs Tuesday night to lead Loyola Marymount to an 8-3 non-conference baseball victory at No. 6-ranked Cal State Fullerton.
Freshman Ramiro Carreon (3-0) went a season-high 7.1 innings to get the win as the Lions won for the 12th time in 14 games to improve to 20-14. Fullerton lost for the fourth time in five games to drop to 20-8. Starter Kyle Witten (2-2) lasted only one inning, surrendering five runs to take the loss.
The first nine of Fullerton's 10 hits off Carreon and reliever Chris Eusebio were singles.
Ryan Hawthorne hit Witten's first pitch of the game into centerfield for a single. Kyle Spraker was hit by a pitch and Ryan Wheeler followed with an RBI double off the glove of left fielder Jeff Newman. Songco brought home a pair with a single to right center. Witten got two outs but then surrendered a single to Shon Roe and a two-run triple by Jonathan Johnson.
Fullerton got one run back in the bottom of the first. Christian Colon and Jeff Newman singled and each took an extra base when Hawthorne bobbled Newman's liner down the left-field line. Colon scored an unearned run on Jared Clark's sacrifice fly.
Fullerton reliever Kevin Rath pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the third but gave up a two-run home run in the fourth to Songco, who hit No. 10 following a single by Wheeler. Songco got his fifth RBI with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Fullerton's second run also came home on a sacrifice fly in a bizarre fourth inning. The Titans collected four hits but managed only one run with two outs coming on the basepaths. Clark singled to left center and stole second. He went to third as Tyler Pill blooped a single to center but Pill was thrown out trying for a double. Davis' fly ball scored Clark. Dustin Garneau singled and Joe Scott beat out a bunt but Garneau was thrown out trying for third.
Fullerton's third run came in the ninth as pinch-hitter Walker Moore singled in his first collegiate at bat and scored on Joey Siddons' double to left.
Former Fullerton player and assistant coach Jason Gill won his first game as an opposing head coach at Goodwin Field.
Fullerton plays a 3-game Big West Conference series beginning Thursday afternoon at Cal State Northridge. LMU hosts USF for 3 games West Coast Conference games beginning Thursday.