May 29, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Noe and Nick Ramirez combined to throw another 4-hit shutout, and Carlos Lopez drove in 3 as No. 8 Cal State Fullerton downed Cal State Northridge 6-0 in a Big West Conference game Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
The Titans (40-15, 20-3) used an 11-hit attack to win their 40th game of the year, the 25th time they have accomplished that in 36 years at the Div. I level. They also won their 20th conference game for the first time since 2000 and clinched their 11th consecutive series win. Northridge drops to 29-26 overall and 9-14 in Big West action.
Noe Ramirez worked 8 innings and struck out 8 to improve to 10-1 on the year. The sophomore has won in each of his last five straight appearances. He surrendered just four hits (3 singles and a double), with two of them coming in the third inning. In the third frame, Ramirez worked out of a bases-loaded no-out jam by inducing a pop out to center shallow enough to keep the runner in check at third, and then by striking out the final 2 batters of the inning.
Nick Ramirez tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the Titans' sixth straight victory and 22nd in their last 24 games.
Fullerton touched loser Justen Gorski (5-3) for 4 runs on 6 hits over the first 4 2/3. The Titans scored the only run they would need in the bottom of the first. Richie Pedroza singled with one out and then scooted all the way to third as Gorski's pick-off attempt went wild down the first base line. Two batters later, Tyler Pill's infield single drove home Pedroza with the eventual game-winner.
The score stayed 1-0 for 4 2/3 until the Titans rallied for 3 runs. Corey Jones led off the fifth with a single, extending his hitting streak to 18 games. Christian Colon also singled and Pedroza walked to load the bases for Lopez. The right fielder delievered a 2-run single to right off Gorski to break the game open at 3-0.
Northridge went to reliever Jimmy Jolicoeur, who was greeted with an RBI-single off the bat of Pill to cap the 3-run inning and give the Titans a 4-0 advantage.
Three straight hits by the Titans in the bottom of the eighth completed the scoring. Joey Siddons singled, stole second and then scored on Austin Kingsolver's triple. Kingsolver scored when Colon punched his second single through the left side off reliever Shawn Wilyman.
Colon, Pill, Jones and Siddons each had 2 hits on the night to pace Fullerton. Drew Muren, Ridge Carpenter, Dominic Piazza and TS Reed had the only 4 hits for the Matadors.