May 23, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Freshman righthander Noe Ramirez allowed only 3 hits over 8 innings and seniors Jared Clark and Joe Scott homered Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton beat Long Beach State, 7-1, in a Big West Conference game.
The Titans (41-14, 16-7) clinched second place with the win and a Cal Poly loss to UC Riverside while the 49ers (25-28, 11-12) were guaranteed their first losing season since 1988.
Ramirez retired 19 men in a row from the second through eighth innings and improved to 7-1 with Kyle Mertins pitching a scoreless ninth. Ramirez faced only three men over the minimum. Jake Thompson (4-7) went 7.2 innings for the 49ers and allowed all seven Fullerton runs.
Clark's home run was his 11th of the season while Scott hit the first of his career in his 180th game and 439th at bat.
Fullerton took control of the game with a 4-run third inning. Scott led off with a walk. He stole second before Christian Colon was hit by a pitch. Gary Brown bounced a single to left to score Scott. Colon and Brown moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch and another 90 feet on Josh Fellhauer's sacrifice fly to left that made it a 2-1 game. Clark singled off third baseman Taylor Krick's glove to score Brown and Clark came home on Khris Davis' double to right center to make it 4-1.
Clark homered with two outs in the fifth. The Titans got a run in the sixth when Billy Marcoe was hit by a pitch and moved around on two-out singles by Joey Siddons and Colon, the latter a dribbler back toward the mound. Scott hit his solo shot in the eighth.
Long Beach scored in the second when TJ Mittelstaedt got his third triple of the series, a drive that sent Davis leaping against the wall in right. He scored on Devin Lohman's looping single to center. Lohman went to second on the throw home and was sacrificed to third by Krick. Jonathan Jones fouled out to the catcher and Tre Dennis popped to second and Ramirez was three outs into his string of 19 consecutive outs.
The teams wrap up the regular season Sunday night at 6 p.m with Tyler Pill (9-3) going for Fullerton against Andrew Gagnon (3-6).