April 10, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. --- Cal State Fullerton used a four-run third to take the lead and never looked back as UC Irvine suffered a 6-3 loss Saturday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The loss puts both teams at 4-1 in the Big West with tomorrow's winner taking hold of first-place in the conference.
The Anteaters capitalized on two Titan errors in the second to jump on the board. With Jeff Cusick on third following a double to left-center and the sacrifice by Ronnie Shaeffer, Francis Larson bounced a ball to Joey Siddons at third. However catcher Billy Marcoe was unable to handle the throw from Siddons allowing Cusick to score on the error. Ryan Fisher extended the inning with a hit up the middle and Matt Summers' sacrifice fly would drive in Larson for the 2-0 lead.
An error proved to be costly for UCI in the third as Gary Brown tripled to right to score Anthony Hutting, who reached first on an errant throw to first by Christian Bergman. Carlos Lopez followed with a single deep in the hole to short to tie the game at 2-2. CSF then loaded the bases on a double and an intentional walk to Corey Jones but Marcoe drove the first pitch to right-center for a 4-2 lead.
Nick Ramirez, who registered a solo home run in the series opener, tagged Andy Lines with a two-run shot to center to give the team a four-run edge.
Titan starter Daniel Renken opened the door in the seventh, issuing walks to Fisher and Summers to lead off the inning. Madigan drove in Fisher on the one-out sacrifice to center but Renken induced a fly-ball to center to end the threat.
Renken picked up the win after pitching 6.1 innings, striking out four and walking three while allowing three runs on five hits. Dylan Floro earned his first save of the season after two hitless innings in relief.
Bergman dropped to 3-2, yielding five runs (one earned) on six hits in 5.1 innings.
Cusick went 2 for 4 with a run scored to lead UCI while Madigan and Summers each drove in a run.
The series concludes tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.