NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Tyler Pill had three hits including a home run and four RBIs to lead No. 9 Cal State Fullerton to an 11-6 Big West Conference win against Cal State Northridge on the final day of the regular season.
The Titans improve to 40-15 overall and 19-5 in Big West. They are the only 40-win team on the West Coast and won 40 games for the 26th time.
Freshman Christian Coronado (1-1) picked up his first career win in his first career start after allowing two runs on three hits in five innings of work. He retired the first 10 men he faced before allowing his first base runner in the fourth.
Nick Ramirez tied the Cal State Fullerton career record with his 34th career save, moving into esteemed company with former Titan All-American closer Chad Cordero. Ramirez pitched the final 1.2 innings of the game to log his 16th save of the year. He struck out four.
Jake Floethe (one inning, three runs, one hit, two walks, one hit batter, two strikeouts) and Raymond Hernandez (1.1 innings, three hits, two strikeouts) worked between Coronado and Ramirez.
Paul Tremlin (2-7) suffered the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits. Relievers Ryan Juarez and Josh Goossen-Brown each gave up three runs in stints on the mound for Northridge.
A squib infield hit by Jared Deacon broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth. Pill’s three-run double broke it open with two out in the inning.
Pill, Richy Pedroza, Michael Lorenzen and Jared Deacon all had three-hit days as the Titans pounded out 17 hits, eight of them going for extra bases. Pill’s four RBIs led all players, and Pedroza drove in two runs.
Bowen and Tommy Simis went 2-for-4 to lead the Matadors. Simis and Matthew Moreno led CSUN with two RBIs each.
Earlier in the day, Cal State Fullerton was named by the NCAA Selection Committee as a host site for next weekend’s NCAA Regional. It will be the 10th time since 2000 that the Titans will host the first round of the tournament.