Titans Down Bruins in Series Opener, 6-3

May 15, 2009

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Fullerton, Calif. - Daniel Renken pitched seven dominant innings and Khris Davis and Nick Ramirez hit home runs Friday night as Cal State Fullerton beat UCLA, 6-3, in a non-conference game at Goodwin Field.

Renken (8-2) needed last out pitching help from Ramirez, who picked up his fifth save by striking out pinch hitter Gabe Cohen representing the tying run. Fullerton improved to 37-13 with its 33rd win over UCLA in the last 39 meetings. The Bruins fell to 25-25 as starter Gerrit Cole (4-6) took the loss.

Renken retired the first 14 batters before hitting Blaine Dunlap in the arm. He didn't allow a hit until Cody Decker sliced a fly ball into left-center field for a single with two out in the seventh. He lost his shutout in the eighth when Dunlap tripled over the head of centerfielder Josh Fellhauer and scored on a one-out infield single by Niko Gallego.

In the ninth, Dunlap's two-out triple scored Decker to make it 6-2. Chris Giovinazzo singled to make it 6-3 and chase Renken. Ramirez gave up a bunt single before getting Cohen looking.

Cole walked three of the first 10 hitters he faced and all three scored. Leadoff hitter Christian Colon came home on a two-out first-inning single by Jared Clark which was followed by Khris Davis' 11th home run of the year off the batter's eye in centerfield.

Cole walked Dustin Garneau to lead off the second and Colon again with two out and he should have gotten out of the inning unscathed. Colon took off for second and a bluff by catcher Steve Rodriguez caught Garneau off third base. But in the ensuing rundown, third baseman Casey Haether dropped a throw for an error and Garneau was safe. Both runners scored when Gary Brown bounced a single into left field for a 5-0 lead.

Ramirez hit his ninth home run of the year to lead off the sixth making it 6-0 and Cole came out two outs later.

The series resumes Saturday but at UCLA at 6 p.m. Noe Ramirez (6-1) will start for Fullerton against the Bruins' winningest pitcher, Trevor Bauer (8-3).