STANFORD, Calif. – Colton Eastman and Blake Workman combined to shut down one of the best offenses in the nation, as Cal State Fullerton took down Baylor 6-2, Friday afternoon at Sunken Diamond in game one of the Stanford Regional.
The win moves Fullerton (33-23) into the winners' bracket and it'll play host Stanford tomorrow at 8 pm PT on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app. The Titans have now won four consecutive postseason games at Sunken Diamond going back to last season.
Eastman (W, 10-3) was absolutely phenomenal, as he went 7.0 innings and surrendered just one earned run and stuck out eight, while surrendering just four hits. The eight punch outs equals his postseason career high. His postseason ERA is now 2.57.
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Workman was also flawless in relief, as he tossed 2.0 shut down frames, while surrendering just a single hit.
Ruben Cardenas went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a double, while Hank LoForte extended his on base streak to 40 games and his streak to 17 contests, while he's collected at least one hit in 28 of his last 29 ballgames.
Jairus Richards went 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Mitchell Berryhill also produced a knock and an RBI. Jacob Pavletich also contributed with a hit, while Chris Prescott went 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
Eight of nine Titan starters collected a knock and all six of Fullerton's runs were scored with two outs.
The Titans struck first and early in the regional opener. Valenzuela got things started with an infield single to shortstop. Pavletich then popped up and Prescott reached on a fielder's choice, but Fullerton came through with some clutch two-out base hitting. Richards smoked a ball to right field to put runners at the corners. Then it was the No. 9 hitter Borgogno striking a rocket to left center for a bases clearing double to bring in Prescott and Richards to put Fullerton in front 2-0.
Fullerton extended its advantage to 3-0 in the sixth, as Cardenas got things started with a one out double to left center, then an out later, Valenzuela kept the Titans' two-out magic going. Valenzuela shot a single up the middle to score Cardenas all the way from second base.
Baylor's high powered offense finally reared its head in the bottom of the sixth, as the Bears struck for two runs on two hits and an error in the frame to cut the Titan lead to just 3-2.
Fullerton put the finishing touches on the win in the ninth.
Prescott got things started with single to left center, then Jordan Hernandez followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Prescott to second. Borgogno then dropped down a bunt single to put runners at the corners.
LoForte then broke things open, as he lifted a ball to left field, but was dropped allowing Borgogno and Prescott to score to make it 5-2. Berryhill then followed with a base hit to center field to drive in LoForte, making it the final margin of victory of 6-2.
The Titans will continue their journey for the regional championship tomorrow at 8 pm PT. The game can be seen on ESPN 3, ESPNU and the WatchESPN application.
- Cal State Fullerton's postseason record improves to 158-86 all-time and 122-54 in Regional games.
- The Titans are in their 40th NCAA Regional and have never gone winless in any of them.
- Marks fourth straight postseason win at Stanford.
- Now 9-4 all-time against Baylor winning the last four matchups against the Bears.
- The Titans move to 24-1 this year when leading after six innings. They're also now 27-1 after seven.
- Hank LoForte singled into center field to lead off the ballgame extending his hitting streak to 17 straight games with hits in 28 of his last 29 games. The single also makes it 40 consecutive games the junior has reached base safely.
- Mitchell Berryhill laid down his 21st sac bunt of the season in the first which ranks third most in NCAA.
- Colton Eastman struck out the first five hitters he faced before a groundout to short ended the second inning. In total, he struck out eight while retiring the first 13 Bears of the game before surrendering a hit. It's the fourth time this season he's taken a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
- Eastman's eight punch outs matches a postseason career-best for the junior. He first hit that mark last season against Long Beach State in Game three of the Super Regionals.
- Eastman moves to 3-1 in his postseason career allowing 11 runs (8 earned) and 15 hits while striking out 28. His career postseason ERA sits at 2.57 in 28 innings.
- Ruben Cardenas and Sahid Valenzuela both logged multi-hit games with two knocks each. It's Cardenas' 19th multi-hit game of the year and Valenzuela's 16th.
- Brett Borgogno also recorded a multi-hit game going 3-for-4 at the plate making him the seventh different Titan to have double-digit multi-hit games this year with his tenth.
- Sahid Valenzuela's RBI single in the sixth inning marks the sixth time this season he's driven in the game-winning run.
- Blake Workman recorded his fifth save of the season as he recorded a six-out save making him a perfect 5-5 on the season.
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