Photos Courtesy of David Cohen.
FULLERTON, Calif. — When there’s a trip to the College World Series on the line, sometime all it takes is one strong inning. UCLA scored three runs in the first inning and rode it all the way to Omaha as the Bruins defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-0 Saturday night at Goodwin Field to take the Fullerton (CA) Super Regional.
The three runs were plenty for veteran starter Nick Vander Tuig, who picked up his 12th win of the season after pitching out of jams for 6 1/3 innings. Continue reading
Fullerton Super Regional:
UCLA (42-17) vs. Cal State Fullerton (51-8)
For the fourth time in the last seven years, UCLA and Cal State Fullerton will tangle in the postseason. The opportunity to represent Southern California baseball in Omaha is on the line as the winner will receive a berth to the College World Series.
That was the also the case last time these teams met in the postseason. UCLA rallied to win the final two games of the series after being down to their final out in the second game. But Tyler Rahmatulla hit a two-run homer to keep the Bruins alive and they eventually punched their ticket to Omaha at the expense of the Titans (though Rahmatulla missed the College World Series after breaking his wrist in the celebratory dogpile). The previous two times it had been Fullerton that did the celebrating, defeating UCLA in 2007 and 2008. Continue reading