May 14, 2010
Fullerton has won 5 straight and 14 of its last 15 and holds onto its 3 ½ game Big West Conference lead over UC Irvine which beat UC Santa Barbara at home Friday night. The Titans improve to 32-14 overall and 16-3 in league. Long Beach, which has dropped six of its last eight games, falls to 22-24, 7-9 in Big West play.
The Titans, who have collected 11-or-more hits in their last 15 straight, pounded out 16 hits in the first game of the 3-game series. Gary Brown was the only starter without a hit, ending his hitting streak at 14 games.
Noe Ramirez (7-1) won for the seventh time in his last eight starts and improves to 3-0 in Big West action. The sophomore pitched 6 scoreless innings before giving up a run in the bottom of the seventh. In all, Ramirez allowed a run on 8 hits and struck out 5.
Andrew Gagnon (5-6) gave up the first 5 Titan runs on just 3 hits and lasted just 2-plus innings before getting replaced in the top of the third.
The Titans struck first in the top of the first, scoring an unearned run on a throwing error by third baseman Joey Terdoslavich that allowed Gary Brown to reach second and then score on a Carlos Lopez single to center.
In the second, Christian Colon hit his Big West leading (tie) 13th home run of the year out to left, a three-run shot to put the Titans in the driver's seat at 4-0 after just an inning and a half.
Gagnon walked the first hitter he faced in the top of the third and got the early call to the showers. Tyler Pill, aboard on the walk by Gagnon, stole second off the reliever Eddie Magallon and then scored on a sharp single to center by Billy Marcoe.
Magallon was roughed up in the top of the fourth as the Titans scored five unearned runs with the 49er defense committed 3 errors in the frame. Richie Pedroza singled to lead off the inning and should have been out at second on a Colon grounder, but second baseman Matt Duffy's feed to short was high for the first error of the inning. The second miscue came as the next batter Gary Brown laid down a sacrifice bunt and Magallon misplayed it, loading the bases for Lopez. The right-fielder singled, driving home Pedroza to make it 6-0.
After a pop up on the infield that should have ended the inning, Nick Ramirez doubled home two with a ball off the right field wall, and Corey Jones backed that up with a two-run single to center to give Fullerton the 10-0 lead.
Fullerton scored in the top of the seventh on a Colon triple and a Tyler Pill single to make it 11-0 before Long Beach ruined Ramirez' bid for a shutout in the bottom half.
Singles by Jordan Casas, TJ Middelstaedt and Jonathan Jones off Ramirez wrecked the shutout in the bottom of the seventh.
The Titans tacked on a run in the eight. With the bases loaded, Gary Brown, who appeared to have beaten out an infield single, was called out. Scoring on the play was defensive replacement Matt Orloff from third. Orloff was aboard with a walk, Pedrozan and Colon singled to fill the bases.
The two teams will meet up on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the middle game of the 3-game set.