April 24, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Christian Colon and Gary Brown each drove in 3 runs and Daniel Renken came within one out of his first complete game of the season Saturday night as No. 16-ranked Cal State Fullerton cruised to an 11-3 Big West Conference victory over Cal Poly SLO.
The two teams are going in opposite directions. Fullerton won its fifth in a row and 11th in 13 games to improve to 23-13 overall and 9-2 in the Big West. Cal Poly lost for the 19th time in 23 games to fall to 10-25 and 3-8.
Renken (6-2) had an 11-2 lead with two outs in the ninth but gave up a double to Luke Yoder and singles by Bobby Crocker and Matt Jensen. The right-hander allowed just two earned runs on 10 Cal Poly hits. Colin O'Connell threw one pitch to get the final out.
Cal Poly starter DJ Mauldin gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and 5 walks in 4 innings and took the loss to fall to 2-2. Crocker had 3 of the Mustangs' 11 hits and Yoder hit a solo homer in the eighth.
Fullerton jumped out to a 3-0 lead after only four batters. Colon led off the game with a home run for the third time this season, depositing No. 12 into the screen in front of the scoreboard. Three batters later Tyler Pill followed Carlos Lopez' double with his fourth homer of the season.
Cal Poly needed a double by Ross Brayton a single by Jordan Hadlock and a dropped line drive by Tyler Pill off the bat of Evan Busby to get a run in the second when Hadlock got picked off on the fake-to-third, throw-to-first play.
Fullerton had Nick Ramirez picked off second in the fourth but still managed two runs. The Titans filled the bases with two out on a single by Joey Siddons and walks to Richie Pedroza and Colon and Brown singled home two runs to make it 5-1.
Colon's two-run double keyed a 3-run sixth against reliever Frankie Reed. A balk and Brown's ground ball brought Colon home to up the score to 8-1.
The Titans got two more in the seventh with an RBI ground out by Billy Marcoe and an RBI single by Siddons
The final game of the series starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday.