May 21, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Noe Ramirez hurled an overpowering 8 innings and Corey Jones and Austin Kingsolver provided the power in a 14-hit attack Friday night as Cal State Fullerton rolled to an 8-0 victory over Santa Clara in the opener of a 3-game non-conference series at Goodwin Field.
The No. 9-ranked Titans improved to 35-15 while the Broncos fell to 21-28 in the teams' first meeting since 2002.
Ramirez (8-1) struck out 11, walked none and faced only three men over the minimum. He allowed only four hits and only one over his last 6 innings - a 2-out double by Geoff Klein in the seventh.
Jones gave Ramirez all the runs he would need with a 2-run home run in the second. Kingsolver lined a 3-run triple to right to complete the scoring in the seventh and chase loser Nate Garcia (3-9).
A double play in the first inning and a caught stealing cut down two of the five Broncos' baserunners and allowed Ramirez to throw only 93 pitches. Colin O'Connell allowed only a single in a scoreless ninth.
Tyler Pill led off the Fullerton second inning with a single. He was forced by Billy Marcoe, who strolled home ahead of Jones, who hit his sixth homer of the year to right center. Carlos Lopez singled with one out in the third inning, went to third on Nick Ramirez' single to center and scored as pinch-hitter Anthony Hutting bounced out to second.
The speed of Richie Pedroza made it 4-0 in the fourth. He beat out a bunt and stole second. With Kingsolver at the plate, Pedroza took off for third and kept on running all the way home as Kingsolver put down a sacrifice bunt and the relay from first to the plate was too late.
The Titans left a couple of runners on third in the fifth and sixth innings but scored four in the seventh. The first came on a double by Lopez, his third hit, and a single by Nick Ramirez. Kingsolver cleared the bases with a two-out triple.
Game No. 2 of the series Saturday night begins at 7 p.m. to avoid conflicting with Commencement Exercises.