FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA baseball team overcame a 6-5 deficit with two outs in the ninth inning, using a two-run, two-out homer from Tyler Rahmatulla, before scoring four runs in the top of the 10th to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 11-7, and force a decisive Game 3 in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series on Saturday night.
Saturday’s win at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium marked the Bruins’ first-ever NCAA Super Regional victory (Super Regional format began in 1999). The winner of Sunday night’s 7 p.m. contest earns a trip to the eight-team field at the 2010 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Los Angeles – Nick Ramirez delivered the key base hit and later pitched out of a huge ninth-inning jam to save Cal State Fullerton’s 4-3 victory Friday night over UCLA in the opening game of an NCAA best 2-out-of 3 Super Regional.
Ramirez picked up his 11th save after stranding runners at first and third with no outs in the ninth. His bases-loaded single keyed a 3-run fourth inning and Christian Colon’s solo home run in the fifth proved the decisive run. Fullerton improved to 46-16 and UCLA fell to 46-14 after its third loss of the year to the Titans, who also have won 19 of the last 22 meetings.
UCLA is hosting their first Super Regional since 1986 after starting the season with a 22-0 record before losing to Stanford in Pac-10 play and ended up with the #6 National Seed. UCLA is looking to reach Omaha for the first time since 1998, but will have to get through the Titans, who they were 0-2 against this season.
Fullerton isn’t so used to playing Super Regionals on the road. The program that’s a complete model of consistency has made has played their last 8 Super Regionals at Goodwin Field, their last away Super Regional being the 1999 series victory at Ohio State. Fullerton has history on their side as the Titans are 18-3 since Coach Savage took over the UCLA program. Also, the only other time the Titans lost the opening game of their Regional, they won the National Title (Lost to Pepperdine in the 2004 opener).