Four-Run Third Enough to Even Series

April 10, 2010

Box Score

Irvine, Calif. - Billy Marcoe's clutch two-run single in the top of the third drove home the game winner as Cal State Fullerton upended No. 18 UC Irvine 6-3 Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark to even the Big West Conference series at one game apiece.

The Titans improve to 17-12 on the year and 4-1 in Big West play. Irvine falls to 18-10, 3-1.

Daniel Renken (4-2) allowed three runs - just one earned - on five hits over 6.1 to notch his second win in as many starts. The right-hander fanned four and walked three to out-dual his counterpart, Christian Bergman. Bergman (3-2), despite allowing just one earned run, took the loss. He allowed five total runs on six hits and struck out three.

Dylan Floro retired all six men he faced and struck out three for his first career save.

Marcoe's hit capped a four-run third that saw the Titans bat around against Bergman. Trailing 2-0, the Titans scored four unearned sparked bu No. 8 hitter Anthony Hutting. Hutting led off with a swinging bunt that Bergman fielded cleanly, but then hit Hutting in the back going down the line for an error. Like clockwork, Siddons sacrificed Hutting to second and after a fly out by Christian Colon, the Titans rattled off three consecutive hits. Gary Brown tripled to drive in Hutting. Carlos Loped followed by legging out an infield single to drive in Brown to tie the game then Tyller Pill doubled inside the first base bag to move Lopez around to third.

After a meeting at the mound, the Anteaters elected to intentionally walk left-hand hitting Corey Jones to face the hot-hitting Marcoe. The Titan catcher delivered a two-run single to right-center bringing home the go-ahead runs.

The Titans extended their lead to 6-2 on Nick Ramirez's fifth home run of the year. Corey Jones led off the inning with a triple that rattled around in the right field corner. Marcoe grounded out for the first out of the inning and wound up being Bergman's last. Irvine went to their bullpen for Ramirez, pitting Andy Lines against the Titans first baseman. Ramirez went with the pitch and drove it out to center for his fourth home run in the last five games.

Irvine took an early lead with two runs in the second. Friday night's hero Jeff Cusick doubled to lead off the bottom of the second and was promptly sacrificed to third. Francis Larson grounded sharply to third and Joey Siddons' throw to the plate was accurate and in plenty of time, but Titan catcher Marcoe was unable to catch it, allowing the first run of the game across.

The next batter Ryan Fisher singled Larson to third setting up a Matt Summers sacrifice fly.

A pair of walks by Renken in the seventh set up the opportunity for the Anteater to push their final run across with a pair of sacrifices - a bunt from DJ Crumlich and an RBI fly ball from Sean Madigan. Crumlich was Renken's last batter as he gave way to David Hurlbut who retired the two hitters he faced.

Hurlbut and Floro combined for 2.2 no-hit innings in relief of Renlken.

Irvine's bullpen was just as sharp. After Lines surrendered the longball in the sixth, four Irvine hurlers combined for 3.2 innings of two-hit ball.

Fullerton's Brown and Irvine's Cusick were the only two players with multiple hits on the afternoon.

The rubber-game of the three-game series will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon on ESPNU. The Titans will throw Tyler Pill (1-4, 4.91 ERA) against Eric Petis (5-0, 3.08) in the finale.