Pitching Leads Blue to a "Championship Series" Lead

Nov. 11, 2009

Fullerton, Calif. - Three Cal State Fullerton Blue Team pitchers combined to one-hit the Orange Team and lead their team to a 7-0 game one victory Wednesday afternoon at Goodwin Field and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three intrasquad championship series. The series finale on Saturday will draw to a close the Titans' official Fall practice schedule.

Blue Team starter Kevin Rath (3 IP) struck out three without issuing a walk to earn the victory in his final start of the official fall workout period. The southpaw surrendered the Orange Team's lone hit in the third, an infield single to Tony Harkey. Ray Hernandez (1 IP) and Kyle Mertins (2 IP) combined for three perfect inning to preserve the shutout for Blue.

Orange's four errors in the six-inning scrimmage didn't help starter Dylan Floro get off on the right foot. D. Floro was touched for five runs in his first two innings of work and despite all the run-scoring by Blue, just one run was earned. The starter Floro worked the first three innings before being relieved by his older brother, Brock, who gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits in his lone inning in the top of the fourth.

On the bright side, Orange's Kyle McMillen and Derrick Dingeman worked a combined two scoreless innings in relief of the Floros with McMillen fanning the side in the fifth.

Blue squad members Gary Brown and Nick Ramirez provided most of the pop in the Veterans' day win, handing Assistant Coach Gregg Wallis his first win of the intrasquad season. Brown finished 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, while Ramirez was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Brown and Ramirez combined for three of the Blue Team's five total hits.

Assistant Coach Sergio Brown will get his chance to even the Orange/Blue championship Series Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. A pair of 2009 All-Americans Tyler Pill (Orange) and Noe Ramirez (Blue) will face off in the second game of the series at Goodwin Field.

Losers of this series will serve the other team their Thanksgiving dinner at the team function on Nov. 19, and will also be providing some lucky Cal State Fullerton staff and students Christmas carols in December.

All intrasquad scrimmages are free and open to the public. Keep in mind all Cal State Fullerton campus parking rules and costs do apply.