Cal State-Fullerton 6, Washington 0

SEATTLE - Kyle Mertins pitched eight and a third shutout innings as the Cal State Fullerton Titans blanked Washington 6-0 on a cool and windy Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark. With the win the Titans (10-9) swept the three game nonconference series and dropped the Huskies to 7-10.

After scoring 83 runs in their first 16 games, the Titans exploded at the plate, scoring 34 runs. Sunday's finale, however, belonged to Mertins. He allowed only six hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out seven, including three right away in the bottom of the first inning when he got Andy Smith, Caleb Brown and Jacob Lamb, swinging. Mertins ended up throwing only 96 pitches, 69 for strikes.

After Brown led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, Titan head coach Dave Serrano pulled Mertins in favor of closer Nick Ramirez. Lamb drew a walk to put Huskies on first and second and Pierce Rankin advanced the runners with a sacrifice. Ramirez responded to the threat by striking out Troy Scott looking and getting Sean Meehan to ground out to the pitcher.

Geoff Brown (0-1) started on the mound for the Huskies and pitched better than the five runs, one earned, on nine hits and two walks, he allowed in five and one thirds innings indicated. He struck out three. He hurt his own cause with an error in the top of the third, opening the door for the Titans to send 11 batters to the plate and score five runs for a 5-0 lead. Joey Siddons led off with a line single to right and Austin Kingsolver sacrificed him to second, but Brown bobbled his bunt attempt, putting Titans on first and second with none out instead of a runner at second with one out. Christian Colon drove in Siddons with a single and Gary Brown bunted for a base hit to load the bases.

Carlos Lopez lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Kingsolver to make it 2-0, and Ramirez walked to re-load the bases. Corey Jones drove in Colon with a groundout and Billy Marcoe walked intentionally to load the bases again.

The Titans plated two more runs on back to back infield singles by Tyler Pill and Siddons. They added their final run, unearned in the top of the ninth when Kingsolver bunted for a base hit and took second on a throwing error by reliever Jacob Clem. Kingsolver then stole third and scored on a groundout to short by Gary Brown.

The Titans' top two batters did the most damage to Husky pitching in the series. Colon hit .615, going 8 for 13 with four home runs, eight runs scored and seven runs batted in. Gary Brown hit .688, going 11 for 16 with six runs scored and five RBI.

Following a day off the Huskies will play the Seattle University Redhawks at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Top Stories