Cal State Fullerton Nips UCLA
April 18, 2001
Shane Costa singled in Chris Stringfellow with two outs in the bottom of the14th inning to lead 10th-ranked Cal State Fullerton to a 11-10 comeback winover UCLA in a nonconference baseball game at Goodwin Field Wednesday.
The Titans (28-10 overall), who trailed, 9-1, after five innings, extendedtheir winning streak to 14 games -the longest current streak in the nation- and beat the Bruins (25-13) for the seventh straight time.
The five-hour, 54-minute affair featured a combined 13 pitchers, 43 hits,six home runs and 41 runners left on base, the latter just two shy of theNCAA record.
Fullerton's 14th-inning rally began with Stringfellow's two-out infieldsingle. After stealing second, he scored when Costa ripped a line drive intoleft-center field off losing pitcher Mike Castillo (0-1).
The Titans scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth, one in the seventhand finally tied the game, 9-9, when Mike Rouse drilled a one-out solo homerun in the ninth off Doug Silva.
UCLA first baseman Eric Reece led off the top of the 12th with a home runoff Sean Martin to give the Bruins a 10-9 lead. In the Titans' half of the12th, Rouse just beat out a potential game-ending double play that allowedRobert Guzman to score the tying run.
Fullerton nearly won the game in the bottom of the 13th after loading thebases with two outs. Aaron Rifkin laid down a bunt and a charging UCLA thirdbaseman Randall Shelley barehanded the ball and threw out Rifkin in a'bang-bang' play.
Martin earned the win after throwing the final five innings and allowingjust the one run on six hits. He threw 91 pitches, the most of any pitcherused in the game. Kirk Saarloos threw a perfect ninth inning in the game.
Stringfellow went 4-for-8 with two RBI and two runs in the game and Bacani,Guzman and Rouse each had three hits. Reece and Matt Pearl each had fourhits for the Bruins.
Fullerton will travel to Cal State Northridge for a three-game Big WestConference series this weekend. UCLA will play a three-game nonconferenceseries at Kansas State.