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Fullerton takes doubleheader from Hawaii

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Ivory Thomas homered and scored two runs to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 4-2 victory over Hawaii in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Les Murakami Stadium.

The Titans completed a sweep with another 4-2 win in the nightcap, as Nick Ramirez homered and also got his fifth save. Ramirez struck out two in a hitless ninth after Breland Almadova doubled to start the inning.

In the first game, Fullerton starter Tyler Pill took a perfect game into the seventh inning when Almadova broke it up after advancing to first on a wild pitch following a strikeout. The no-hit bid was erased on the very next batter when Pi‘ikea Kitamura doubled to center, scoring Almadova from first.

Michael Blake hit a two-out RBI double to bring the tying run to the plate, but Pill struck out Zack Swasey to end the game after seven innings.

The Rainbows played without shortstop Jesse Moore and second baseman Kolten Wong, who both suffered shoulder injuries on Friday.

Pill improved to 3-0 overall while UH starter Connor Little, who allowed three runs on two hits in 5 1/3 innings, dropped to 2-1.

Jeff Van Doornum, Blake and Zack Swasey all paired hits for UH in the second game as the Rainbows got nine hits. But Hawaii left 10 runners on base.

Jarrett Arakawa started the second game. He pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing seven hits and three runs, two earned. Arakawa absorbed the loss and fell to 1-2.

Dylan Floro (3-2) got the win for Fullerton in the second game, starting and allowing two runs in six innings.

The Titans improved to 15-8 overall and the Rainbows fell to 11-12. UH tries to avoid a sweep in the four-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.

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