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Cal State Fullerton 5 Nebraska 1
STILLWATER, Okla. – For six innings, the Cal State Fullerton offense was dormant in their opening game of their Regional opener. But J.D. Davis jolted it back to life with a grand slam in the eighth inning which proved to be the difference as the Titans upended No. 19 Nebraska 5-1 Friday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Davis went 2-for-4 for the Titans (33-22), driving in four runs and extending his hitting streak to 13 games in the process. He was the only Titans player to collect multiple hits against the Cornhuskers (40-20) pitching staff but it proved to be enough. It was also the Titans eighth straight win.
The Titans broke open a close game in the eighth inning, doing so after the first two outs had been recorded in the frame. Timmy Richards started the two-out rally with a single up the middle and then Clay Williamson followed with another single that rolled along the third-base line and hit the bag, popping up into the air and out of the reach of third baseman Jake Placzek. Keegan Dale then drew a walk to load the bases and bring up Davis, who was batting .462 with a .788 slugging percentage in his last 12 games. Davis got ahead in the count against reliever Josh Roeder and then annihilated a 2-1 offering that bounced high off the screen overlooking the left-field wall to put the Titans ahead for good.
Oklahoma State 8 Binghamton 0
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State opened the NCAA Stillwater Regional with its seventh shutout of the season Friday night as the top-seeded Cowboys topped fourth-seeded Binghamton, 8-0, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the win, OSU improved to 46-16 and advanced to the winner’s bracket of the Stillwater Regional, where the Cowboys will face third-seeded Cal State Fullerton Saturday at 7 p.m. The 46 wins is the most for the program since it had 46 in 1999.
Five pitchers combined for the shutout, with senior Vince Wheeland earning the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to improve to 10-0 on the year.
Offensively, Big 12 Conference Player of the Year Zach Fish led the Cowboys with a 2-for-3, three-RBI night, while Donnie Walton collected three hits, a walk and an RBI in four trips to the plate.