Lopez Triples Titans to Series Opening Win

April 15, 2011

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Fullerton, Calif. - Carlos Lopez tripled home the tie-breaking run in the sixth inning and UC Santa Barbara didn't get another baserunner Friday night as Cal State Fullerton beat the Gauchos, 3-2, in the opener of a 3-game Big West Conference baseball series.

Noe Ramirez (6-2) went the first seven innings for the win and struck out the final three men he faced. Dylan Floro fanned one in a perfect eighth and Nick Ramirez struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save.

The win was Fullerton's (25-9, 6-1) fourth in a row and 13th in 14 games. UCSB evened its records at 14-14 and 2-2.

Jesse Meaux allowed only five hits in 7.1 innings but took the loss for UCSB and fell to 2-4 after the 2:03 contest.

Nick Ramirez scored the winning run. He walked to lead off the sixth and came home after two outs when Lopez lined the ball into the right-field corner.

UCSB took a 1-0 lead in the second on consecutive one-out singles by Ryan Palermo, Joe Wallace and Lance Roenicke.

The Gauchos got Derek Eligio to third with one out in the third. He reached when rightfielder Michael Lorenzen lost his fly ball in the lights for a single. Eligio was bunted to second and went to third on a wild pitch but Trevor Whyte struck out and Mack Haddow grounded out.

Fullerton took a 2-1 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. After Meaux had retired the first seven Titan hitters, Jared Deacon reached on an error by shortstop Steven Moon. Matt Orloff and Ivory Thomas singled to load the bases. Deacon scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Anthony Trajano and Orloff came home on Nick Ramirez' fly ball single to short left.

UCSB tied the game in the sixth. Whyte was hit by a pitch, went to second when Ryan Palermo drew a one-out walk on a 3-2 pitch and continued to third when catcher Deacon threw unnecessarily to second and the ball went into centerfield. Wallace hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Whyte. Roenicke followed with a double to make the run earned but Ramirez got Joe Winterburn on a grounder to third.

The series continues with a 6 p.m. game on Saturday.