Cal State Fullerton, which is ranked fourth by Baseball America, defeated Utah on Sunday night in front of a packed house at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, California.
The Utes finish their season with a 28-31 record while Fullerton (45-14) moves on to the Super Regional round. This marks the tenth trip to Super Regionals for Cal State Fullerton.
Fullerton freshman Tyler Pill earned his 11th win, only allowing three runs over eigh innings. For Utah, Stephen Streich (2-4) took the loss, allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits in four innings of work.
While the pitching was solid, it was the offense that propelled the Titans to victory.
Utah put up an impressive eight hits during the game, led by two hits from Michael Beltran. Utah player C.J. Cron drove in two of the Utes runs, he also smacked a solo home run to right field in the fourth inning to score first for Utah.
The Titans were on fire all night however, led by Khris Davis who finished with three hits, including a pair of home runs. A milestone was reached by Head Coach Dave Serrano, who earned his 200th career coaching victory as the Titans earned their ticket to the Super Regional round with a 16-3 victory. The packed house at Goodwin Field supported the offensive onslaught and players gave credit to the Orange Curtain after the game for adding extra enthusiasm to push the Titans into Super Regionals.
Three titans had three hits each, and every starter took a base at least once during this contest.
The Titans now wait to face Louisville next weekend. Louisville comes in ranked 12, Cal State Fullerton at 2. The Cardinals have matched a school record for wins in a single season this year with 47. Coming off an impressive victory against Vanderbilt at Jim Patterson Field, Louisville has momentum coming across the country to meet their Orange County opponents.
This series will get underway Friday at Goodwin field, at 10:03 Eastern time, and will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell is optimistic about his team’s chances, but the Titans will prove to be a formidable road block on the road to the 2009 College World Series. McDonnell is hoping that Junior Adam Duvall will take the reigns and develop leadership potential as the postseason continues. The series will continue on Saturday at 5:00 PM, and finish up Sunday at 10:00 PM.