April 17, 2010
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Junior Gary Brown had a career-tying five hits, two home runs, a career-high five RBI, a pair of stolen bases and scored four times in Cal State Fullerton's 17-3 pummeling of UC Santa Barbara Saturday in the second game of a three-game Big West Conference series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Titans blasted a season high five home runs and pounded out 22 hits on the afternoon to lift their overall record to 19-13 and their league mark to 6-2. The Gauchos fall to 16-13 and 3-2.
Lost in all the offense was a quality start out of junior right-hander Daniel Renken (5-2) who notched his third victory in as many starts. The hurler worked six complete innings and gave up three runs on six hits while striking out eight before handing the ball to Kevin Rath (2.0) and Colin O'Connell (1.0) for the final three frames.
Gaucho starter Nick Capito took a hit giving up 14 runs (12 earned) on 14 hits over 4.2 innings of work. Matthew Brady gave up three runs on eight hits over the final 4.1.
It looked like another quiet day at the park for the first two innings with both starters getting through the first six hitters pretty easily. But the Titans batted around in the third and the fourth, scoring 11 times on 11 hits (four home runs, two doubles, and a triple) with the Gauchos countering with just a solo home run by Shane Arslan, his third of the year.
In the Titans' six-run third, the big blow was Christian Colon's three-run homer. It was his 11th of the season and third in the last two days. Two batters later, Tyler Pill hit his third home run of the year, a two-run shot that capped the Titans' scoring.
Reigning Big West Player of the Week Nick Ramirez hit his sixth home run in the last eight games to lead off the fourth inning and was followed four batters later by Brown's first long-ball of the day, a two-run shot to left. The team hit for the cycle in the inning with Carlos Lopez providing the single, Casey Watkins providing a double, and Corey Jones legging out a triple.
Fullerton continued in the fifth, extended their lead to 14-1 off Capito. Ramirez doubled to lead off the fifth and an HBP and two fielder's choices later, Brown hit his eighth triple of the year two drive home two, then promptly scored on a Lopez single to center that ended Capito's day.
Three Gaucho singles by Arslan, Gunner Terhune and Sean Williams produced a lone run in the fifth and a single and an RBI-double by Marty Mullins score a run in the sixth, but it was futile as the Titans went on to score one run in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Austin Kingsolver had a pinch-hit, RBI-single in the sixth, Brown's second homer of the day and fourth of the year accounted for the run in the seventh and a groundout by Joey Siddons scored Ramirez from third in the eighth.
Lopez and Ramirez each contributed four hits to Brown's effort, and Colon also drove in four in the win. Brown was a double away from hitting for the cycle, Ramirez was a triple away.
Terhune and Arslan had two hits for Santa Barbara.
The rubber-game of the series will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday with Tyler Pill (2-4, 4.07) throwing for the Titans. The Gauchos will throw Jesse Meaux ( 5-1, 4.38 ERA).
NOTES: With his three-base hit today, centerfielder Gary Brown is one triple away from tying the school record for triples in a season (9) and triples in a career (18)... Colon and Brown combined to go 7-for-11 with 9 RBI and six runs from the No. 1 and 2 spot in the Titan order... Billy Marcoe was the only Titan starter to not get a hit on Saturday... Nick Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his third-inning single... Carlos Lopez has hit in his last eight.