May 17, 2009
Los Angeles - Six Bruins collected multiple hits, four had three, as UCLA (26-26) outlasted No. 5 Cal State Fullerton (38-14), 13-10 in non-conference baseball game at Jackie Robinson Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Ten pitching changes between the teams and four hours, nine minutes later, the Bruins walked away with just their seventh win in their last 41 meetings with the Titans. Fullerton had the tying runs come to the plate five times with all five coming up empty, three by strikeout and two by grounders to second.
Matt Grace, the second of six UCLA hurlers, picked up the victory, working two innings of relief of starter Charles Brewer. Grace improved to 4-2 on the year despite giving up four runs on five hits in his stint on the mound. Tyler Pill (8-3) suffered the loss after giving up seven runs on seven hits in just 1.2 innings, his shortest outing of the year.
The Bruins chased Pill after sending 12 men to the plate and thwarted the rookie's second straight opportunity to tie the Fullerton freshman mark for wins in a season. Two-run home runs by both Casey Haerther (1st inning) and Cody Decker (2nd inning) accounted for four of the seven runs and two of the seven hits against Pill.
The Titans cut the lead to 7-4 in the top of the third, scoring four times off starter Charles Brewer. Back-to-back bunt singles by Shevis Shima and Jeff Newman with one out got the Titans going and Christian Colon walked to load the bases. Gary Brown drove home the first run with a sacrifice fly, and consecutive singles by Josh Fellhauer and Jared Clark scored two more.
The Titans and Bruins traded runs in the bottom of the third and the top of the fourth, but UCLA rolled their second four-spot of the afternoon in their half of the fourth to jump out to 12-5. Two Shima throwing errors and four Bruin hits produced the runs off of Kevin Rath and Kyle Witten the Titans' third and fourth relievers. Decker drove home his fourth run of the day with a single that knocked Witten from the game. Tyler Rahmatulla singled home a run and then scored on Dustin Quist's double off Rath before the lefty got Niko Gallego to ground out to end the inning.
The Titans scratched back for one in the fifth and three in the sixth behind two scoreless innings by reliever Ryan Ackland. Nick Ramirez homered in the fifth, his 10th of the year, giving the Titans their first trio since 1999 to hit 10-or-more long balls in the same season. Ramirez joined Clark (10) and Khris Davis (11) in double digits with his blast to right off Brewer.
Fellhauer picked up RBIs two and three of the day with a single to right ending Grace's day in the sixth. Reliever Brendan Lafferty got Clark to fly out, but Gary Brown, who was hit by a pitch, scored and cut the lead to 12-9.
Haerther drove in his third run and UCLA's final run in the bottom of the seventh. Gino Aielli scored from second just before the runner from first, Decker, was cut down at third by a Shima relay from Davis in right on the single.
Kyle Mertins, the only unscathed Titan pitcher, struck out the side for Fullerton in the eighth, the only 1-2-3 inning of the day, to give the Titans their final shot in the ninth. Fellhauer's third hit moved Colon to second and drove home Joey Siddons to bring up the tying run in Clark. But southpaw Gavin Brooks got the first baseman to strike out ending the 23-run, 34-hit affair.
Blair Dunlap, Aielli, Decker and Quist each had three hits for UCLA. Haerther and Rahmatulla each had two hits in the win.
Fellhauer and Shima were led the Titans with three hits.
Fullerton heads in to its final week of the regular season and will face Pepperdine on Tuesday night and Long Beach State over the weekend, all four games at Goodwin Field.