Cal State Fullerton 9, Washington 7

Leadoff batter Christian Colon hit three homers and drove in five runs to power Cal State Fullerton to a 9-7 win over Washington in the opener of a nonconference series at Husky Ballpark on a perfect Friday night for baseball.

Colon entered the game batting only .234 but had 4 hits in 5 at-bats to raise his average to .275. He also increased his season home run total from one to a team leading four.

He wasted no time putting the Titans (8-9) ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning when he led off with a solo homer to right that just did clear the wall. Then in the top of the fifth he hit another solo shot, a towering fly ball that soared well beyond the left field wall, and he capped the career night with a two run homer into the center field screen in the eighth.

Colon's third homer proved decisive, as the Huskies (7-8) scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Trailing by four runs, back to back one-out doubles by Bradley Boyer and Caleb Brown made it 9-6. After Troy Scott struck out, Pierce Rankin doubled home Brown to make it 9-7.

The Huskies brought pinch hitter Sean Meehan to the plate representing the tying run, but closer Nick Ramirez struck him out swinging to end the game. With the punch out Ramirez recorded his third save of the season and made a winner of starter Noe Ramirez (3-1), who went eight innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out seven.

Following Colon's homer to lead off the game, the Huskies scored three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead. Rankin lined a single to left, took second on a wild pitch, and scored on a ground single to left by Aaron Russell. Doug Cherry reached safely on a fielder's choice putout of Russell at second, and Miles Kizer got hit by a pitch. David Bentrott grounded to third for what should have been the final out of the inning, but Corey Jones's throw to second was too late to force Kizer, loading the bases. Boyer then put the Huskies ahead with a two run single, scoring Cherry and Kizer.

The Huskies added a run in the third for a 4-1 lead. Scott led off with a walk and Jacob Lamb blooped a single to left center. Cherry then lined a double to left to score Scott.

The Titans cut the Husky lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth when Billy Marcoe hit a two out solo homer, his first of the season, into the left field bullpen. They then scored three runs in the top of the fifth, all with two outs, to take a 5-4 lead. After Colon's second homer of the game made it 4-3 Huskies, Gary Brown reached on an infield single and Carlos Lopez grounded a single to right. Nick Ramirez then greeted third Husky pitcher Ben Guidos with a line single to right to score Brown, and when right fielder Rankin let the ball roll past him for a two base error, Lopez scored.

Two more runs by the visitors in the top of the sixth made it 7-4. Marcoe and Tyler Pill singled. Matt Orloff advanced the runners with a sacrifice. After third baseman Russell threw out Marcoe at home plate on a grounder by Joey Siddons, Colon lined a single to right center to score Pill, and Siddons scored when Kizer threw the ball into center attempting to catch Colon stealing.

After the Titans got their final two runs in the top of the eighth on Colon's third homer of the game, the Huskies got a run back and made it 9-5 in the bottom of the frame when Jacob Lamb hit an opposite field solo homer, his second of the season, over the wall in left center. Lamb had a fine night at the plate for the Huskies, finishing 3 for 4.

On the mound for the Huskies, Gomez started and went four and two thirds innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits, He struck out one. Reliever Jacob Clem (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, one two hits. He did not retire a batter.

The Huskies and Titans continue the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and conclude the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Top Stories