Titans Win Series Opener for 40th Win
May 22, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Gary Brown's bases-loaded infield single broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning and Daniel Renken and Nick Ramirez made the lead stand up Friday night for a 4-3 Big West Conference victory over Long Beach State before a national ESPNU television audience.
The Titans (40-14, 15-7) managed only 6 hits and only two left the infield but two unearned runs cost the 49ers (25-27, 11-11) and starter Adam Wilk (7-4).
Renken (9-2) went eight innings for the eighth time in nine starts and won his fifth successive decision. Ramirez retired the 49ers in order in the ninth for his sixth save in as many tries.
Second baseman Derek Legg's second error of the game opened the door in the sixth for the Titans, who never trailed after Christian Colon's two-run double in the second inning. Legg threw wide of second after fielding Joey Siddons' one-out grounder, allowing Joe Scott to reach safely. Colon lined to center but Jeff Newman walked to load the bases and Brown easily beat out a chopper to short.
Fullerton scored its first unearned run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. After Jared Clark hit into a double play, Khris Davis lifted a pop fly into short right field and Legg dropped it allowing Newman to score from third.
Long Beach, which jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Steve Tinoco's solo home run, twice tied the game. In the fifth, Jordan Casas followed a two-out walk to Kellen Hoime with an RBI double to left center field to tie the score at 2-2. In the sixth, TJ Mittelstaedt tripled with one out and scored on a single by Devin Lohman.
The 49ers squandered several chances. Jonathan Jones was picked off second in the fifth, Hoime struck out with the bases loaded to end the sixth and Mittelstaedt was caught trying to steal third in the eighth.
In the Fullerton second, Shevis Shima and Scott had bunt singles, were sacrificed by Siddons and came home when Casas failed to make a diving catch of Colon's drive to right center. Fullerton left 10 men on base in addition to having three runners caught stealing. Fullerton will start Noe Ramirez (6-1) Saturday night at 6 p.m. vs. the 49ers' Jake Thompson (4-6).