April 21, 2009

Courtesy of Fullerton Athletics

FULLERTON, Calif. - Christian Colon had 3 hits including a home run and Gary Brown had a tie-breaking two-run triple Tuesday night as No. 10-ranked Cal State Fullerton rallied for an 8-5 non-conference baseball victory over the University of San Diego.

Colin O'Connell (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win and Ryan Ackland pitched two scoreless innings for his first save of the year for the Titans, now 25-11 but only 10-7 at Goodwin Field. USD let a pair of 3-run leads escape it and fell to 25-16.

USD used seven pitchers and it was the most experienced hurlers who suffered the most damage.

Fullerton overcame a 5-2 deficit with a run in the sixth and five in the seventh. Dustin Garneau led off the big inning with his third home run of the year off loser Scott DeNault (3-3). After a pair of one-out walks to Joe Scott and Joey Siddons, DeNault gave way to All-American A. J. Griffin, who was tagged for a game-tying single to right field by Colon. Brown followed with a triple down the left-field line to make it 7-5 and he scampered home on a sacrifice fly by Josh Fellhauer for the final run of the game.

Fellhauer doubled home Colon for the Titans' run in the sixth.

USD's second hitter gave it a 1-0 lead when Chris Engel lifted his second home run of the season over the fence in right-center field. In the second, Brian Farris was hit by a pitch with two out and scored on a double to left center by Bryan Haar. Sean Nicole made it 3-0 with a solo home run in the third.

Fullerton came back with two runs in the bottom of the third. Tyler Pill had an infield single and was balked to second by Tyler Fick, who immediately came out in favor of Haar. Scott sacrificed Pill to third from where he scored as Siddons grounded to short. Colon followed with his third home run of the year to make it 3-2.

USD stretched its lead back to 3 runs with a run in the fifth and another in the sixth. Jon Hotta's triple set up the run in the fifth and a hit batter and singles by Mike Lugo and Farris put up the run in the sixth.

Noe Ramirez went the first four innings for the Titans and allowed three runs. Michael Morrison gave up a run in one-third of an inning with O'Connell allowing the final run in 2.2 innings of work which matched his previous season's workload. The Toreros' second through fourth pitchers had combined for only 21.2 innings of work all season and the seventh pitcher, Austin Green, was making his season's debut. Griffin leads the USD staff with 50 innings and DeNault has now thrown 28.1.

The Titans play another non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at Pepperdine and then play a 3-game Big West Conference series this weekend at UC Davis.