March 6, 2010
Final Box Score (PDF)
TUCSON, Ariz. - Noe Ramirez tossed a complete game with nine strikeouts as he led No. 18 Cal State Fullerton to a victory over host Arizona, 6-1, on Saturday night at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The visiting Titans roughed up Arizona starter Kyle Simon for five runs in 3.1 innings pitched and then rode the arm of Ramirez, who quieted the Wildcats' bats all night long, to even the series, 1-1.
Ramirez shut out the Wildcats over the first eight innings before allowing a harmless run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The right-hander scattered five hits and walked just one batter in the game.
The Titans plated two runs on two hits in the second inning of Simon, who suffered his second straight loss. An inning later, Cal State Fullerton rapped out five hits to score three more runs, and the damage could have been worse if not for a runner being picked off second with one out.
Arizona called on lefty Bryce Bandilla to take over for Simon in the fourth to try to stay within striking distance of the Titans. Bandilla did just that, pitching a solid five innings as he allowed just one run on five hits. He struck out four and had zero walks.
But the Wildcats could not get any offense going.
Bobby Brown, who doubled in the second inning, collected UA's second hit of the game to lead off the fifth inning. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Mejia, Brown was caught off the bag at second base on a chopper to deep shortstop by Bryce Ortega. Titan shortstop Christian Colon had no play to throw to first, but was able to gun down Brown trying to dive back to second base.
The Wildcats went hitless over the next three innings before Rafael Valenzuela tripled to open the final frame. He scored on an RBI single by Steve Selsky.
The Titans scratched a sixth and final run across in the eighth inning to give Ramirez a 6-0 lead heading to the ninth.
Arizona (5-4) and Cal State Fullerton (4-5) will play the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday at Noon at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.