Titans Defeat Wildcats, Head to NCAA Super Regionals
June 6, 2005
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Cal State Fullerton scored five unearned runs to beat Arizona 6-3 and win the NCAA baseball regional Monday night.
The Titans (45-16), the defending NCAA champions, will play Arizona State in the NCAA Super Regionals. The Wildcats (38-21), who went to last year's College World Series, lost five of their last seven.
Freshman pitcher Wes Roemer (7-3) won his second game in four days. He was named the tournament's most outstanding player after conceding three runs, 10 hits and no walks while striking out 10 in 15 innings.
Against Arizona, he gave up only one hit in his first four innings. The right-hander induced 10 groundouts, allowed eight hits and struck out five in eight innings.
Fullerton held a 1-0 lead at the bottom of the third inning, when the Titans scored five unearned runs on four hits, two errors and a hit batter.
Ronnie Prettyman hit a two-run single to lead the rally. Bobby Andrews added a squeeze bunt for a run-scoring single.
Andrews finished with two RBIs and dived to make a one-handed catch near the warning track in right field in the ninth after the Wildcats put runners at first and second base with no outs.
Arizona's Jason Donald got his third hit to load the bases. But the Titans' Danny Dorn caught Derek Decater's fly ball over his shoulder with one hand. Then reliever Vinnie Pestano struck out pinch-hitter Bill Rhinehart for his 13th save.
The Wildcats committed five errors, one shy of their season worst, as the Titans emerged from the loser's bracket for the second consecutive year to win their regional.