Titans Win Seventh Straight, 7-3
May 9, 2009
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Jared Clark and Khris Davis homered and Noe and Nick Ramirez pitched No. 6 Cal State Fullerton to a 7-3 Big West Conference win over No. 12 Cal Poly Saturday night at Baggett Stadium.
The win for Fullerton was its seventh in a row and 13th in their last 14 games. The Titans improve to 36-12, and 14-6 and jump their all-time Div. I record versus the Mustangs to 46-8. Cal Poly falls to 32-15, 10-7 on the year.
Fullerton took the lead for good in the top of the seventh, breaking a 3-3 tie. Christian Colon singled and stole second to lead off the frame, and was followed by a Gary Brown single that extended his season-high hitting streak to 15 games. With runners at the corners, Brown broke from first as Cal Poly starter Matt Leonard picked over - but first baseman Wes Dorrell, in an attempt to keep Colon at third, over-threw the third baseman allowing Colon to score, and Brown to move all the way to third. The next pitch hit Josh Fellhauer and ended Leonard's night. Mark DeVincenzi, came on in relief to induce a 4-6-3 double play, but Brown scored to give the Titans a 5-3 lead.
Leonard suffered the loss and drops to 5-2 on the year. The sophomore allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits over six innings of work, while striking out two.
Clark tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the ninth with his ninth round-tripper of the year off reliever Jared Eskew. The homer drove home Clark's 61st and 62nd RBI of the year.
Noe Ramirez worked two outs into the seventh but then handed the ball over to the lefty Nick Ramirez after giving up his eighth hit of the night, a double to Dorrell. The Titan starter struck out five and walked two, hurling 107 pitches along the way.
Noe Ramirez dodged bullets in the fifth and sixth innings, but worked out of both jams to keep the game deadlocked at 3-3. In the fifth, Cal Poly loaded the bases with two outs on an Adam Melker single and a pair of walks that prompted a visit from Head Coach Dave Serrano. The visit was successful as Noe Ramirez got D.J. Gentile to sky out to Jeff Newman in left to end the threat. In the sixth, a single by Luke Yoder and a fly ball-single lost in the dusky sky off the bat of J.J. Thompson, put the pressure on Noe Ramirez for the second straight inning, but the rookie again worked out of it with a strikeout and a fielder's choice force out.
Adam Buschini tied the game at in the bottom of the third with a towering two-run home run off Ramirez well over the left field wall. The long-ball scored Jordan Hadlock who reached on a sun-aided ground ball single at third baseman Joey Siddons.
Fullerton fell behind in the first as Melker singled home Buschini, who doubled, but then promptly scored twice in the top of the second to take the lead. Davis led off the Titan second with a solo home run off the southpaw Leonard to even the game at 1-1. With one down, Jeff Newman singled, moved up to second on Joe Scott's nation-leading 21st sacrifice bunt, and then scored on Joey Siddons' line-shot to center.
The Titans took a brief 3-1 lead in the top of the third as Khris Davis laced his team-leading 22nd double of the year to drive home Josh Fellhauer. Fellhauer, aboard on his second single of the night, also stole his second of three bases to get into scoring position for Davis.
Fellhauer (CSF) and Buschini (CP) each had three hits to pace the field. Buschini drove home all three of the Mustangs' runs
Saturday night's game was played in front of 2,032, the largest Baggett Stadium crowd of 2009. The win for the Titans earned them their eighth weekend series in 11 tries, and also their fifth series win in Big West play.
Fullerton stole a season-high seven bases on the night.
The series finale will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday with Tyler Pill (8-1, 3.21 ERA) on the mound looking to tie the Titans' freshman record for wins, and attempt to help the Titans to their third straight conference series sweep. Cal Poly will send out righty Mason Radeke (4-1, 5.81 ERA) to the hill looking to end the Mustangs' three-game skid.