June 11, 2010
Scores, Schedules & Capsules
Missed opportunities by
Bruins lead to Titans' victory
By Ryan Eshoff
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Ryan Eshoff is a rising junior at UCLA, a native
of San Jose, and has seen more of California than is
recommended. He has been on the sports staff of the Daily Bruin
newspaper his entire UCLA career, spending the last year as an
assistant sports editor and preparing to become a senior writer.
He has covered the entire breadth of Bruin sports and considers
himself, for better or worse, the world's foremost expert on
UCLA water polo. In his less than copious amounts of free time,
Ryan fights the East Coast bias and roots rabidly for the San
Jose Sharks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Dodgers
while wishing there was an NBA franchise in the Bay Area.
LOS ANGELES - The biggest throw by a
pitcher in Friday night's opener of the Los Angeles Super
Regional wasn't even to home plate.
Cal State Fullerton closer Nick Ramirez picked
UCLA's Blair Dunlap off first with runners at the corners and
nobody out in the bottom of the ninth to help the Titans
preserve a 4-3 lead and take the first game of their Super
"I just had a feeling that they were going to try
and create something like that," said Fullerton coach Dave
Serrano, who admitted that his experience with current UCLA and
former Fullerton hitting coach Rick Vanderhook led him to
believe the Bruins would be aggressive.
The Bruins went down quietly after the pickoff;
Ramirez struck out Tyler Rahmatulla and induced a game-ending
groundout from pinch-hitter Chris Giovinazzo.
It was an evening of missed opportunities in the
late innings for UCLA, which loaded the bases with nobody out in
the seventh but failed to score.
"I was speechless for a minute with the ninth
inning transpired, and how we got out of it to win the game,"
Serrano said. "I'm proud of this team, because even though we
made mistakes, they stayed strong, they showed toughness, they
found a way to get it done."
Despite Nick Ramirez's ninth-inning heroics, he
wasn't the best Ramirez to pitch for the Titans on Friday.
Sophomore Noe Ramirez got the start and was dominant after
giving up a first-inning run. The right-hander went seven-plus,
yielding just six hits and striking out 13. He did it with a
dazzling array of fastballs and off-speed stuff.
"That second inning when I came out, I had more
control and I felt a lot more comfortable," Ramirez said. "The
changeup felt great off my hand, it was my best pitch tonight."
Ramirez got the better of his UCLA counterpart
Gerrit Cole, who went 6.2 innings and gave up all four of the
"I didn't jump ahead of them like I should have,"
Cole said. "Good hitters are going to punish you."
of those hitters was Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon
(right), who homered off the left-field foul pole in the fifth
and also made a leaping catch of a line drive to end the Bruins'
rally in the seventh.
Despite the loss and the missed opportunities,
UCLA remained relatively upbeat.
"It's all about being positive," Bruins coach
John Savage said. "We have to move on, we have to come out
tomorrow, that's why they call it best two out of three."
UCLA will start Trevor Bauer, who was dominant in
last weekend's regional performance against LSU. The Titans will
counter with Daniel Renken. Saturday will mark the first
elimination game of the season for the Bruins.
"We're not going to change a whole lot," Savage
said. "It's a tough loss, but we'll bounce back tomorrow."
(photo by Matt Brown)