Jace Chamberlin’s pinch-hit home run gives Cal State Fullerton walk-off win against Stanford

STANFORD — Jace Chamberlin hit a towering pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift Cal State Fullerton to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Stanford in a winner’s bracket game of the Stanford regional.late Saturday night at Sunken Diamond.

Chamberlin’s dramatic shot – the burly freshman’s first career homer – bounced off the scoreboard in right-center field. The win means the Titans (34-23) will play the Sunday night game (6 p.m.) against the winner of the Stanford-Baylor elimination game that takes place at 1 p.m. Should the Stanford-Baylor winner beat Fullerton on Sunday night, the teams would meet in a winner-take-all game on Monday at 7 p.m.

Both starters were superb. Fullerton’s Tommy Wilson held Stanford to one run on three hits in six innings. He struck out six with no walks. The Cardinal’s Kris Bubic went seven innings (130 pitches), also allowing one run on three hits. He struck out 10 and walked two.

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The Titans, who were designated the home team, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Hank LaForte and Mitchell Berryhill led off the game with back-to-back singles. Daniel Cope’s sacrifice fly scored LaForte.

Wilson only allowed one hit in the first five innings but Alec Wilson got to him leading off the sixth with a double. Tim Tawa’s triple tied the score. Fullerton third baseman Brett Borgogno made a huge play when he snared a hot grounder off the bat of Nico Hoerner and dove to tag Tawa, who had no time to get back, which probably short-circuited any further scoring.

Stanford is the No. 2 national seed in the 64-team tournament.

Much more to come on this story.

🐘 TITANS WIN ON A WALK-OFF! 🐘#RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/fNRXu8yezi

— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 3, 2018

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College baseball roundup: Colton Eastman strikes out 13 as Cal State Fullerton extends win streak

Colton Eastman struck out a career-high 13 batters and Cal State Fullerton got timely hits when it needed them as the Titans held on for 3-2 victory over UC Riverside and extended their winning streak to seven games on Friday night at Goodwin Field.

The Titans (26-20 overall, 13-3 Big West Conference) has won four consecutive Friday games, and Eastman (8-3) has had a significant hand in all of them.

The right-hander has never lost a Big West game on the mound, and he held UCR to two runs while scattering seven hits amid all those strikeouts in seven innings. Blake Workman pitched two shutout innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out four.

Ruben Cardenas went 2 for 4 with an RBI for his team-leading 17th multi-hit game. Sahid Valenzuela picked up two hits himself, including a double, and scored a run. Hank LoForte extended his on-base streak to 30 consecutive games and has at least one hit in 19 of his last 20 games.

Mitchell Berryhill was 1 for 2 with a walk, an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases. Jacob Pavletich went 1 for 2 with two walks, while Jairus Richards went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Brett Borgogno produced a hit and a walk.

UCR (17-27, 5-11 Big West) opened the scoring in the second when Connor Cannon homered to right center.

Fullerton tied the score in the bottom of the third when Berryhill singled, stole second and third and scored on Cardenas’ sacrifice fly.

The Titans took the lead for good one inning later. Valenzuela led off with a slicing double down the right field line, and Pavletich bunted for a base hit to put runners at the corners. Two batters later, Richards delivered an RBI single to left. Borgogno then walked to load the bases, and Berryhill drew a bases-loaded walk for a 3-1 lead.

The Highlanders got one run back in the fifth inning, but that was all they could muster.

The series continues Saturday at 6 p.m.

Great game by @EastmanColton as he tosses 7 innings and gets a career high 13 strikeouts in a win over UC Riverside#TusksUp | #EverythingTogether pic.twitter.com/QnAzaoEdgh

— Titan Baseball (@BaseballTitans) May 12, 2018

UC Irvine 3, Cal Poly 1: UCI and host Cal Poly combined for 23 hits, but pitching and defense dictated the outcome with UCI prevailing behind Andre Pallante on Friday night in San Luis Obispo.

UCI’s Andre Pallante and Cal Poly’s Trent Shelton each pitched six innings. Pallante (8-1) limited the Mustangs (22-26, 8-8 Big West) to Elijah Skipps’ RBI double in the second inning and got them to strand eight runners on base while striking out nine on a career-high 117 pitches.

After watching their four hits produce no runs in the second inning, the Anteaters (28-19, 9-7) finally broke through in the fifth. Cole Kreuter’s two-out single scored Mikey Filia from third base to even the score, then Matt Reitano’s sacrifice fly drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth.

Sean Sparling took over for Pallante in the seventh, and Filia bailed him out by throwing out the potential tying run at the plate to end the inning. Jordan Bocko retired all six hitters he faced to earn his seventh save.

No. 9 hitter Filia had a career-high four hits and scored two runs, the second coming on Kreuter’s two-out single in the ninth. Christian Koss had a three-hit night and Konnor Zickefoose had two for UCI, which collected five infield singles among its 13 hits.

Long Beach State 9, UC Santa Barbara 8: Trailing by eight runs going to the bottom of the sixth inning, things looked grim for the hosts Friday night at Blair Field, but four-run rallies in the sixth and eighth innings helped set the stage for a wild walk-off win on a wild pitch in the ninth. It was the fifth straight win for LBSU (23-26, 8-8 Big West).

UCSB (22-23-1, 7-9) scored six runs in the second inning and one each in the third and fourth to open its 8-0 lead, but Long Beach started to chip away a few innings later. Freshman Chris Jimenez, who finished 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored, drove in LBSU’s first two runs with a bases-loaded double in the sixth. A pair of RBI groundouts by Steven Rivas and Shaq Robinson followed and cut the deficit in half.

Jimenez started the rally in the eighth with a leadoff single. After a two-out walk and a wild pitch, Clayton Andrews blooped a two-run single down the left-field line. Brooks Stotler then drove a triple over the head of the UCSB center fielder to make it a one-run game, and Jarren Duran tied the score with a sharp single through the left side to cap the two-out, four-run rally.

Long Beach senior Sebastian Sanchez worked three scoreless innings of relief to get the game to the ninth, where closer Chris Rivera took over, striking out the side in the top half.

Jacob Hughey started the bottom of the ninth with a single up the middle, and was lifted for pinch-runner Garrett Nelson. After a sacrifice bunt, an intentional walk, then an unintentional walk, the bases were loaded for Santino Rivera. All he had to do was watch as the first pitch to him sailed well wide and reached the backstop. Nelson scored easily to give LBSU its first walk-off win of the season.

Through the first five innings, UCSB had eight runs on 10 hits while holding Long Beach scoreless on two hits. Over the final four innings, Long Beach State scored nine runs on nine hits, while the Gauchos were held scoreless and had just two hits. Five Long Beach players had multi-hit games and eight players scored at least one run.

The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m.

No. 11 UCLA 7, Washington 3: Michael Toglia hit a three-run home run and Jake Bird pitched 6-1/3 innings with seven strikeouts as the Bruins took the series opener in Seattle and snapped their four-game losing streak.

Bird (6-3) held Washington (23-21, 13-9) to three runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Garrett Barker earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Daniel Amaral had two doubles and a run scored for UCLA (31-14, 15-7 Pac-12), while Chase Strumpf and Jack Stronach each had two hits and an RBI.

USC 8, Washington State 6: Jamal O’Guinn drove in the game-tying and go-ahead runs, and Stephen Dubb drove in the eventual game-winner in the ninth as the Trojans rallied to win the series opener in Pullman, Wash.

Washington State (14-26-1, 6-15-1 Pac-12) led 4-1, but USC (22-22, 10-15) scored three runs in the sixth inning to tie the score. With a runner on third and one out in the eighth, O’Guinn singled home Dillon Paulson with the go-ahead run. Kaleb Murphy scored on a wild pitch in the ninth, then Dubb’s two-run single provided what proved to be the winning runs.

Chris Clarke earned the win in relief, holding the Cougars to one hit over three innings and striking out four to retire nine of the 10 batters he faced. Lunn allowed a two-run homer in the ninth before closing out the win.

Dubb finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs and one run scored, while O’Guinn was 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Murphy was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Blake Clanton hit two home runs for Washington State, including the two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Chapman rallies from 10-1 deficit to beat Redlands and win SCIAC baseball tournament title

Chapman University stormed back from a nine-run deficit in the last three innings to beat Redlands 20-12 in the final game of the SCIAC baseball tournament Sunday at LaVerne and claim its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship since 2011.

The Panthers (34-11) trailed 10-1 through six innings, but sent 15 batters to the plate and scored nine runs in the top of the seventh to tie it, then added seven runs in the eighth and three in the ninth. Senior Jared Love (Brea Olinda High) had a two-run double in the outburst in the seventh, and senior Gavin Blodgett (Sonora High), who began the inning by getting hit by a pitch, tied the game with  a three-run homer over the left field wall.

In the eighth, Love hit another two-run double and Blodgett followed with a two-run single. Jarod Penniman doubled in another and freshman Trevor Marrs hit his second homer of the tournament – a two-run blast to right to put the Panthers up 17-10. Love and Blodgett combined for 11 RBIs, six hits and five runs scored to fuel the comeback.

Earlier in the day, the Panthers beat Redlands 5-2, winning their third consecutive elimination game and forcing the “winner take all” title game. Junior Christian Cosby (El Dorado High) threw eight strong innings to get the win, improving his record to 8-3. Freshman Cody Turner took over in the ninth and got himself out of a bases-loaded jam to earn a save. Turner returned to pitch 2 2/3 innings in the second game, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out three to pick up his first collegiate win.

Chapman will head to an NCAA Regional on May 17-21. The NCAA will announce the tournament field on Sunday, May 13.

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Long Beach State baseball dominates UC Davis in series opener

LONG BEACH — Sophomore Zak Baayoun pitched 7-2/3 scoreless innings and Long Beach State made the most of its six hits in an 8-0 victory over visiting UC Davis in a Big West Conference series opener Friday night at Blair Field.

Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 2,978, Long Beach (18-24, 4-6 Big West) delivered in all phases of the game. Baayoun scattered six hits and a walk while striking out two, relying on a steady diet of ground outs and a pair of early double plays.

Long Beach scored a run in each of the first two innings on an RBI double from Leonard Jones and a key throwing error from the Aggies (13-23, 5-8) that allowed Shaq Robinson to score during a two-out rally. Jones scored on a Chris Jimenez sacrifice fly in the fourth to make it a 3-0 lead.

Long Beach made the most of its hits by doing the little things offensively, delivering four sacrifice bunts and three sacrifice flies. The hosts eliminated all doubt by scoring four runs in the seventh despite getting just one hit in the inning. Runs scored on a bases-loaded walk, a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch and a squeeze bunt.

Freshman Jake Lopez pitched the final 1-1/3 innings in relief, allowing just a hit while striking out a pair. Jones finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Robinson scored two runs for the second game in a row. He and Santino Rivera were effective turning the lineup over, drawing two walks apiece.

Junior Clayton Andrews (3-7, 3.06 ERA) will take the mound for Long Beach on Saturday at 2 p.m., facing off with UC Davis right-hander Jared Sasaki (3-4, 5.67 ERA). The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Cal State Fullerton baseball takes advantage of UC Irvine’s generosity

  • Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Colton Eastman throws to the plate during Friday’s Big West Conference series opener against UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Colton Eastman throws to the plate during Friday’s Big West Conference series opener against UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • UC Irvine’s Christian Koss is out at first base as Cal State Fullerton’s Jake Pavletich makes the catch while they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    UC Irvine’s Christian Koss is out at first base as Cal State Fullerton’s Jake Pavletich makes the catch while they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • UC Irvine pitcher Andre Pallante throws against Cal State Fullerton as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    UC Irvine pitcher Andre Pallante throws against Cal State Fullerton as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • Cal State Fullerton’s Sahid Valenzuela is congratulated after scoring a run against UC Irvine as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    Cal State Fullerton’s Sahid Valenzuela is congratulated after scoring a run against UC Irvine as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • UC Irvine players watch the game as they are down against Cal State Fullerton as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    UC Irvine players watch the game as they are down against Cal State Fullerton as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • UC Irvine’s Jake Palmer celebrates being safe at second base against Cal State Fullerton as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    UC Irvine’s Jake Palmer celebrates being safe at second base against Cal State Fullerton as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • UC Irvine’s Christian Koss goes high for the catch as Cal State Fullerton’s Hank LoForte is safe at second as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    UC Irvine’s Christian Koss goes high for the catch as Cal State Fullerton’s Hank LoForte is safe at second as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • Cal State Fullerton’s Jake Pavletich beats the tag at second by UC Irvine’s Cole Kreuteras they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    Cal State Fullerton’s Jake Pavletich beats the tag at second by UC Irvine’s Cole Kreuteras they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • Cal State Fullerton’s Hank LoForte hits an RBI against UC Irvine as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    Cal State Fullerton’s Hank LoForte hits an RBI against UC Irvine as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • UC Irvine’s Christian Koss throws to first after Cal State Fullerton’s Jairus Richards is out at second as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    UC Irvine’s Christian Koss throws to first after Cal State Fullerton’s Jairus Richards is out at second as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • Cal State Fullerton’s Brett Borgogno is congratulated after scoring during the Titans’ 8-3 Big West Conference victory over UC Irvine on Friday night at Anteater Ballpark. The series continues Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton’s Brett Borgogno is congratulated after scoring during the Titans’ 8-3 Big West Conference victory over UC Irvine on Friday night at Anteater Ballpark. The series continues Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton’s Jake Pavletich is on the dirt after getting hit with a UC Irvine pitch as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine. Pavletich got up and made it to first base.
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    Cal State Fullerton’s Jake Pavletich is on the dirt after getting hit with a UC Irvine pitch as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine. Pavletich got up and made it to first base.
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  • UC Irvine’s Devin Pettengill is out at second as Cal State Fullerton’s Hank LoForte looks to throw to first base as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    UC Irvine’s Devin Pettengill is out at second as Cal State Fullerton’s Hank LoForte looks to throw to first base as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • Cal State Fullerton pitcher Colton Eastman is congratulated after pitching against UC Irvine as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    Cal State Fullerton pitcher Colton Eastman is congratulated after pitching against UC Irvine as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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  • Cal State Fullerton players warm up against UC Irvine as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    Cal State Fullerton players warm up against UC Irvine as they battle during a Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Fans wait for the game to start as UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton battle during a three series Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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    Fans wait for the game to start as UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton battle during a three series Big West Conference baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018 in Irvine.
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IRVINE — When Cal State Fullerton’s version of small ball is working, it doesn’t need much help from an opponent. But UC Irvine gave the Titans plenty Friday night in the first game of their three-game Big West Conference series at Cicerone Field.

The Anteaters made an uncharacteristic four errors to assist the Titans’ 8-3 win, pushing Fullerton (20-20, 7-3) into first place in the Big West. UCI (25-15), which had a six-game winning streak and had won 11 of its previous 13 games, fell to 8-5 and second place.

UCI came into the game ranked 31st nationally in team defense with a .977 fielding percentage and had committed just 33 errors in 39 games. But a night of bad throws and muffs led to seven unearned runs. Second baseman Cole Kreuter had a pair and pitchers Andre Pallante and Cole Spear each had errant throws to first.

“We’ve been good in the infield this season,” UCI coach Mike Gillespie said. “The second baseman had a rough night. But we do have the disease of pitchers throwing the ball away. It was a bit of a meltdown tonight.”

Ruben Cardenas had three hits and Mitchell Berryhill two for the Titans. Fullerton ace Colton Eastman (6-3) allowed just a run five hits through eight innings before getting touched for two runs and four hits in the ninth, including Konnor Zickefoose’s third home run of the season. Dillon Brown got the final two outs.

“Their pitchers made a couple of mistakes and it ballooned on them,” Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook said. His pitcher, Eastman, was marvelous for eight innings.

“Colton’s like a lot of our Friday night guys in the past,” Vanderhook said. “What makes him different is that he’s super competitive. He’s one of the few guys who we let shake off a pitch. He’s earned the right to do that.”

The Titans’ two runs in the second inning scored without a hit.

Jake Pavletich walked. Sahid Valenzuela dropped a sacrifice bunt but reached first when second baseman Kreuter bobbled an easy throw from pitcher Pallante. Jairus Richards then bunted the runners over to second and third.

Pallante struck out Brett Borgogno and induced Hank LoForte to hit a comebacker to the mound for what should have been the third out, but Pallante’s throw to first was in the dirt and popped off the glove of first baseman Ryan Fitzpatrick, allowing both runners to score.

The Titans made it 3-0 in the fifth, LoForte reaching on an infield single and scoring on Cardenas’ hard single to right field. The Anteaters pushed a run across in the bottom of the fifth, Matt Reitano doubling into the left-field corner and eventually scoring on a Jake Palmer groundout to first.

Fullerton made it 4-1 with the help of another UCI error. Pavletich singled and reached second when the umpire ruled Kreuter came off the base taking a throw from shortstop Christian Koss. LoForte drove home the run on an infield out.

“They are way better than their record shows,” Gillespie said of Fullerton. “They’re a handful to put it mightily. We’ll shake this one off and hopefully come out and play better tomorrow.”

The Titans blew the game open in the eighth, scoring four runs on three hits, a walk, a hit batter and a two-base throwing error by reliever Spear. The Anteaters did little against Eastman.

The Anteaters had two shots early. They loaded the bases with one out in the second on a Kreuter double, a walk and a Koss single, but Eastman struck out Reitano and Ryan Johnston grounded out. Jake Palmer doubled to start the third and was bunted to third but was stranded.

The teams meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. and play the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.

Ruben talking postgame after his big offensive performance in tonight’s W#TusksUp | #EverythingTogether pic.twitter.com/LdziEVcqrc

— Titan Baseball (@BaseballTitans) April 28, 2018

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College baseball roundup: Surging UCLA beats Cal State Fullerton

Former JSerra High standout Chase Strumpf had three doubles, while Michael Toglia went 3 for 5 with two doubles and Daniel Amaral had three RBIs and scored four times as ninth-ranked UCLA defeated Cal State Fullerton 12-4 in a nonconference game on Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

UCLA (26-10 overall) has won seven of its last eight games.

Kyle Mora (3-1) earned the win with one inning of relief, allowing one run on two hits. Starting pitcher Jack Ralston went 4-2/3 innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on three hits with one strikeout.

Already leading 1-0, UCLA pushed it to 3-0 on consecutive RBI doubles from Strumpf and Toglia in the third inning. Fullerton (19-20) cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth inning on a Hank LoForte sacrifice fly and a two-out RBI single from Mitchell Berryhill, but UCLA responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to pull away.

UCLA plays a three-game nonconference series at Cal Poly (SLO) this weekend, while Fullerton visits UC Irvine for a key Big West Conference series.

Long Beach State 8, USC 5: Long Beach scored six runs in the final two innings to turn a late two-run deficit into a nonconference victory Tuesday night at USC’s Dedeaux Field.

Leonard Jones’ RBI double scored Jarren Duran with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, part of a four-run rally that was fueled by three stolen bases and capped by Tristan Mercadel’s two-run single.

Mercadel had earlier tied the score with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Jones finished with three hits and a walk for Long Beach (17-24), while Clayton Andrews added a pair of hits and Brooks Stotler finished 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored.

Long Beach starting pitcher Jacob Hughey was solid through three innings, but he was lifted with an apparent injury after loading the bases in the bottom of the fourth. He remained in the game as the designated hitter, and Dylan Spacke worked the final three innings to earn the win in relief, striking out five while allowing a run on two hits, all coming in the ninth inning.

Matthew Acosta had a run-scoring double in the bottom of the ninth for USC (18-19), but the Trojans couldn’t keep their rally going.

USC took its first lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, on a two-run single from Stephen Dubb and a sacrifice fly from Chase Bushor. The Trojans extended their advantage to 4-2 on an RBI groundout from Dillon Paulson in the bottom of the fifth.

USC starting pitcher John Beller worked into the eighth inning for the second straight start, scattering eight hits while allowing four runs (all unearned), striking out four and walking two.

Long Beach plays host to UC Davis in a Big West series this weekend, while USC travels to Oregon for a Pac-12 series with the Ducks.

UC Irvine 10, San Diego 7: The Anteaters (25-14) fell into an early hole, but a big push through the middle innings propelled them to their sixth straight win in a Tuesday night in a nonconference game at Anteater Ballpark.

The visiting Toreros (18-23) sent UCI starting pitcher Jake Lachemann to an early exit. USD scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, then added three more runs in the third on an error followed by a two-run double. Lachemann was charged with four runs (three earned) in his two-plus innings.

San Diego starting pitcher Nigel Ward stymied UCI early, but he gave way to reliever Nick Sprengel in the third, and the Anteaters pounced.

UCI loaded the bases on an infield single, a walk and a hit by pitch. Nick Anderson followed with a sacrifice fly, then Konnor Zickefoose shot a single through the middle for the second run. A passed ball helped UCI cut the lead to 4-3 with two outs, then Parker Coss walked to load the bases again, ending Sprengel’s night. Matt Reitano greeted Justin Friedman with a three-run double into the left field corner to put UCI ahead to stay.

Zickefoose added an RBI single in the fifth and an RBI triple with two outs in the sixth. He then scored on Cole Kreuter’s single to push the lead to 9-4.

Cole Spear pitched three scoreless innings of relief as UCI improved to 9-0 in midweek games.

Zickefoose (three hits, three RBIs) paced the offense, while Jake Palmer, Ryan Johnston and Ryan Fitzpatrick all had multi-hit days.

UCI returns to Big West Conference play when it hosts Cal State Fullerton on Friday-Sunday.

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College baseball roundup: Cal State Fullerton takes series opener against Hawaii

Colton Eastman pitched seven strong innings and Daniel Cope delivered a towering two-run home run to lead Fullerton to a 6-3 victory over Hawaii in the opener of their three-game Big West Conference series Friday night at Goodwin Field.

Fullerton (18-18, 5-2 Big West), which improved to 7-3 in games Eastman starts, moved into sole possession of first place with the win.

Eastman (5-3) allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out six in his seven innings. Blake Workman struck out the side in a scoreless eighth inning, then Brett Conine added a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save.

Jackson Rees (3-1) took his first loss for Hawaii (20-14, 6-4).

Hank LoForte went 3 for 4 with a run score to extend his season-long hit streak to 10 games. Cope went 1 for 4 with his team-leading fourth home run and three RBIs.

Hawaii scored a first-inning run on back-to-back doubles, but Fullerton responded with two runs in the bottom of the third. Mitchell Berryhill reached on an error, then Ruben Cardenas and Chris Prescott followed with singles, the second one scoring Berryhill. Cope followed with a sacrifice bunt to score Cardenas from third.

Hawaii regained the lead in the top of the fifth when Adam Fogel hit a two-out, two-run home run to left field for a 3-2 advantage. Fullerton answered again, with LoForte scoring on a Cardenas single up the middle and Cardenas scoring the go-ahead run on Sahid Valenzuela’s two-out single. Cope’s titanic blast in the seventh made it 6-3.

The teams meet again Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

UC Irvine 4, Cal State Northridge 2: Christian Koss hit his first career home run and Brendan Brooks denied CSUN one of its own with a spectacular catch late as surging UCI took the series opener Friday afternoon at Matador Field.

Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Koss, a sophomore shortstop, scored from first on Ryan Fitzpatrick’s second double of the game to tie it. CSUN regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on Alvaro Rubalcaba’s leadoff home run.

Koss gave UCI (22-14, 6-4 Big West) the lead for good when he blasted a three-run home run to left field in the top of the fourth inning.

Starting pitchers Andre Pallante (UCI) and Walker Armstrong took control from there, trading blows through the middle innings to hold the score steady at 4-2. Pallante pitched into the eighth and was looking for the final out of the inning when Nolan Bumstead came to the plate looking for his second home run of the day. He launched one high and deep to left, but Brooks made a leaping catch at the wall to deny preserve the lead.

Jordan Bocko pitched the ninth for his fifth save. Pallante earned his sixth win, scattering seven hits and striking out a season-low four. Armstrong went 7-2/3 with seven strikeouts for CSUN (17-20, 5-5).

Koss finished with three hits, two runs scored and three RBIs, and Fitzpatrick had three hits and his RBI.

The series resumes Saturday at 1 p.m.

Cal Poly (SLO) 5, Long Beach State 4: Long Beach loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning before a pair of strikeouts ended the nationally televised game Friday night in San Luis Obispo.

Long Beach (16-22, 3-4 Big West) fell behind 3-0, but battled back behind junior Clayton Andrews, who was 3 for 4. He singled to lead off the fourth then later scored on a single from Jarren Duran. An inning later, with runners on first and second and two outs, Andrews ripped a 3-and-2 pitch into the gap in right center for a two-run triple to tie the score.

Cal Poly (17-19, 4-6) scored twice in the sixth inning, but pinch hitter Tristan Mercadel delivered a two-out RBI single in the eighth to cut the margin to one.

Long Beach got a one-out walk from Santino Rivera to start its ninth-inning rally. Andrews was then hit by a pitch and Chris Jimenez battled for a walk of his own to load the bases without a hit. However, Cal Poly went to lefty reliever Matt Arens, who recorded back-to-back strikeouts to leave the bases loaded and give Mustangs coach Larry Lee his 500th career victory.

Dylan Spacke pitched the final two innings for Long Beach, striking out four.

Duran finished 2 for 5 for his 12th multi-hit game of the season.

The teams meet again Saturday night at 6.

No. 15 UCLA 16, USC 1: Kevin Kendall hit a three-run home run and scored three times, while Jake Bird allowed just one run in seven innings as the Bruins dominated Friday night’s Pac-12 series opener at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Bird (5-2) held the Trojans (18-16, 6-10 Pac-12) to one run in seven innings, scattering eight hits and recording one strikeout.

Michael Toglia had a home run and three RBIs for the Bruins (23-10, 12-4), while Daniel Amaral went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Chase Strumpf had two hits and two RBIs as UCLA finished with 14 hits.

UCLA had all the offense it would need after a five-run first inning. Strumpf started the scoring with a two-run double to the gap in left-center field. Jack Stronach and Garrett Mitchell added RBI singles, and Ryan Kreidler added a sacrifice fly to right field.

The Bruins tacked on two more runs in the second inning when Toglia drove in Kendall with a line drive to right field and later scored as Amaral singled to right-center field.

USC got a run back in the top of the fifth inning but UCLA responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Daniel Rosica drove in Amaral with an RBI single, then two batters later Kendall smashed a three-run home run down the right-field line with two outs for a 10-run lead.

The Bruins scored five more runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by Toglia’s two-run home run to center and Kendall’s RBI single. Eight of the nine UCLA starters drove in at least one run.

Kyle Hurt (2-4) took the loss for USC, allowing seven runs on eight hits with three walks in four innings.

The teams resume the series Saturday at 4 p.m.

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College baseball roundup: Andre Pallante, UC Irvine dominate UCSB in opener

UC Irvine turned on its refurbished scoreboard and made sure most of the lightbulbs got an opportunity to shine, giving starting pitcher Andre Pallante plenty of support in a 10-2 rout of UC Santa Barbara on Friday night at Anteater Ballpark.

UCSB took an early lead when Marcos Castanon’s two-out triple scored Sam Cohen in the second inning, but UCI scored seven runs in the third and fourth innings to take control of the game.

Playing in his first game back from injury, Christian Koss started the onslaught with an RBI tapper. Brendan Brooks added an RBI single for a 2-1 lead, then Ryan Fitzpatrick – who reached base four times – delivered a three-run home run to cap the five-run third inning.

UCI (19-13, 4-3 Big West Conference) extended the margin when Koss added a well-placed double down the line, and Jake Palmer slapped an RBI single into center to make it 7-1.

Meanwhile, Pallante (5-0) held the Gauchos (15-14-1, 2-2) to just three hits in his seven innings, striking out 10.

UCSB scored its other run in the top of the eighth, but a Cole Kreuter home run, an infield single and a bases-loaded walk extended the Anteater lead to 10-2.

UCSB freshman left-hander Jack Dashwood allowed seven runs and 10 hits in his 3-1/3 innings.

The bottom third of the UCI lineup excelled, as 7-8-9 hitters Matt Reitano, Konnor Zickefoose and Koss each finished the night 3 for 4 and each scored twice.

The series resumes Saturday at 2 p.m.

San Diego State 6, Cal State Fullerton 3: Colton Eastman allowed three runs in seven innings as the Aztecs did just enough offensively to snap the Titans’ season-long six-game win streak in the nonconference series opener at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Eastman (3-2) shook off a rough start (three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first) and struck out a career-high eight while allowing six hits for Fullerton (16-16).

Offensively, Hank LoForte had a career-high four hits, including a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Mitchell Berryhill went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Brett Borgogno went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Ruben Cardenas had an RBI.

Down 3-1, Fullerton loaded the bases with no one out in the fifth inning but failed to score a run. The Titans made better use of their next threat, with Cardenas driving home Borgogno on a sacrifice fly in the seventh to cut the deficit to one run.

The Aztecs gave themselves some cushion with three runs in the bottom of the eighth, and LoForte’s RBI triple in the ninth was Fullerton’s last gasp.

The series resumes Saturday at 6 p.m.

Long Beach State 7, Cal State Northridge 5: Long Beach State (14-20, 2-2 Big West) scored six times in the fifth inning, capitalizing on some key mistakes by CSUN (16-17, 4-3) to earn a come-from-behind victory at Matador Field. Five of LBSU’s runs were unearned, and the six-run inning helped erase a 3-0 deficit.

Tristan Mercadel reached base in all four trips to the plate, singling twice and drawing a pair of walks. He was one of four Long Beach players with multiple hits, joining Jacob Hughey, Chris Jimenez and Santino Rivera. Hughey’s two-run single with the bases loaded in the fifth inning gave LBSU its first lead.

Sophomore Zak Baayoun picked up his sixth win of the season, covering seven innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with seven strikeouts.

The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m.

No. 18 UCLA 16, Utah 3: Jeremy Ydens hit a home run and a double with three runs scored, while Jake Bird allowed just two runs in 7-1/3 innings of work as the Bruins rolled to an easy win in the series opener in Salt Lake City.

Michael Toglia added three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored and Chase Strumpf finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs for UCLA (20-9, 9-4 Pac-12). Daniel Amaral and Ryan Kreidler each drove in two runs for the Bruins, who posted a season-best run total.

Bird (4-2) scattered five hits with seven strikeouts to improve to 3-1 in conference play.

The Bruins took their first lead in the top of the fourth inning when Kreidler split the right-center field gap with a two-out, two-run triple to bring home Amaral and Toglia for a 3-1 advantage. UCLA extended its leas to 8-1 with five runs in the fifth inning. The Bruins loaded the bases and scored their first run when Jake Pries was hit by a pitch, then Toglia and Amaral hit back-to-back two-run doubles.

Strumpf’s two-run single highlighted a five-run seventh inning that pushed the lead to 11 runs. UCLA drew a season-high 12 walks.

Josh Tedeschi (0-7) allowed eight runs on five hits and four walks in 4-1/3 innings for Utah (9-23, 4-6).

The series resumes Saturday at noon PT.

Arizona 14, USC 2: Arizona (21-11, 5-5 Pac-12) scored in each of the first four innings, breaking the game open with a five-run fourth in the series opener at Dedeaux Field.

USC (16-13, 5-8) cut its deficit to 5-1 in the bottom of the third when Brandon Perez tripled and then scored on a Lars Nootbaar groundout, but there wasn’t much else from the Trojans. USC got an RBI groundout from Kaleb Murphy in the ninth inning, and Riley Lamb pitched two scoreless, hitless innings of relief, striking out three.

Nick Quintana went 3 for 6 with three doubles and four RBIs to lead the visiting Wildcats.

The series resumes Saturday at 2 p.m.

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College baseball roundup: Jacob Hughey, Long Beach State beat No. 18 UCLA

Redshirt sophomore Jacob Hughey drove in three runs and earned the victory in his first start of the season to lead Long Beach State to a 5-2 nonconference victory over No. 18 UCLA on Tuesday night at Blair Field.

Hughey allowed two runs on three hits and struck out a career-high seven over six innings, retiring 10 consecutive Bruins after Chase Strumpf’s two-run home run down the left-field line in the third inning – the former JSerra High standout’s eighth home run this season.

Hughey came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning and stroked an opposite-field single to left to score two runs and give Long Beach (13-20) a 5-2 lead. He had an RBI groundout in the first inning.

Jarren Duran had two hits, including an RBI triple and scored a run. Santino Rivera also collected a run and an RBI for Long Beach.

Eli Villalobos and Chris Rivera combined for three hitless innings behind Hughey, with Rivera earning his ninth save with a scoreless ninth.

Jack Ralston (0-2) took the loss for UCLA (19-9), allowing three runs on three hits in 1-1/3 innings. Nick Scheidler followed with 4-2/3 shutout innings in relief, scattering three hits with four strikeouts.

Long Beach resumes Big West Conference play on Friday at 3 p.m. at Cal State Northridge, while UCLA heads to Salt Lake City for a Friday-Sunday Pac-12 series with Utah.

Cal State Fullerton 3, Pepperdine 2: The Titans (16-15) rallied for their sixth consecutive victory to climb over .500 for the first time this season, and they did it with another one-run victory at Goodwin Field. Four of Fullerton’s last six victories have been one-run wins.

Timothy Josten held the Waves (14-17) to one run and five hits over the first 3-2/3 innings, striking out three. Tanner Bibee (2-3) surrendered just one run on two hits in 4-1/3 innings of relief, while striking out seven. Blake Workman struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

Ruben Cardenas reached base three times (single, walk, hit by a pitch) and drove in two runs for the Titans, while Jacob Pavletich had a double and a run scored. Hank LoForte had one hit, a run scored and the game-winning RBI from the leadoff spot.

Pepperdine scored a run in the fourth and another in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead, but Fullerton responded in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Williams reached on pinch-hit leadoff walk, advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on a Mitchell Berryhill groundout, then Cardenas drove him in when he beat out a chopper to third for an infield single.

Fullerton took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. Pavletich had a one-out double to center field, then moved to third on Brett Borgogno’s pinch hit single to left. Daniel Cope drew a walk to load the bases before LoForte plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Fullerton opens a three-game nonconference series at San Diego State on Friday night.

UC Irvine 10, San Diego State 2: The Anteaters picked up where they left off over the weekend slugging, pitching, and playing spotless defense in a nonconference victory at SDSU’s Tony Gwynn Stadium.

UCI (18-13) erupted for seven of its runs in the second inning. Cole Kreuter and Parker Coss hit back-to-back doubles to produce the first run, and then, all with two outs, Konnor Zickefoose doubled to score Coss and run-scoring singles from Ryan Johnston and Brendan Brooks set the table for Ryan Fitzpatrick to deliver a three-run homer to left field. Nick Anderson added an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run single in the sixth.

Meanwhile, Trenton Denholm made his first start in nearly two weeks and kept the Aztecs (21-12) scoreless through his four innings. Denholm was followed by Sean Sparling (two innings), Jake Lachemann (one inning) and Alonzo Garcia (one inning) as UCI extended its scoreless pitching streak to 23 consecutive innings before the Aztecs scratched out a pair of runs in the ninth.

UCI hosts UC Santa Barbara in a three-game Big West series Friday-Sunday.

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Blake Workman, Cal State Fullerton edge Long Beach State, 2-1

  • Cal State Fullerton’s Jairus Richards slides head first ahead of a pick off attempt by Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton’s Jairus Richards slides head first ahead of a pick off attempt by Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State starting pitcher Tyler Radcliffe delivers a pitch against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State starting pitcher Tyler Radcliffe delivers a pitch against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton third baseman Brett Borgogno turns in the air to make the throw to first base against Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton third baseman Brett Borgogno turns in the air to make the throw to first base against Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State outfielder Clayton Andrews dives to make the catch of a sinking line drive against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State outfielder Clayton Andrews dives to make the catch of a sinking line drive against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton outfielder Jairus Richards fields the ball hit into the alley for a double by Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton outfielder Jairus Richards fields the ball hit into the alley for a double by Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State outfielder Clayton Andrews gets high fives from teammates after scoring a run against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State outfielder Clayton Andrews gets high fives from teammates after scoring a run against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Tommy Wilson delivers a pitch against Long Beach State in Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Tommy Wilson delivers a pitch against Long Beach State in Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State’s Santino Rivera squares to bunt, but takes the pitch instead against Cal State Fullerton in Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State’s Santino Rivera squares to bunt, but takes the pitch instead against Cal State Fullerton in Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State shortstop Santino Rivera fires the ball to first to get an out against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State shortstop Santino Rivera fires the ball to first to get an out against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton shortstop Sahid Valenzuela stops a grounder up the middle to save a run as Long Beach State’s Santino Rivera takes second in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton shortstop Sahid Valenzuela stops a grounder up the middle to save a run as Long Beach State’s Santino Rivera takes second in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State’s pitching coach visits starting pitcher Connor Riley on the mound to settle him down against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State’s pitching coach visits starting pitcher Connor Riley on the mound to settle him down against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton relief pitcher Blake Workman throws to the plate during Saturday night’s game against Long Beach State at CSF’s Goodwin Field. Workman pitched four shutout innings, striking out six, to help the Titans to a 2-1 victory. The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton relief pitcher Blake Workman throws to the plate during Saturday night’s game against Long Beach State at CSF’s Goodwin Field. Workman pitched four shutout innings, striking out six, to help the Titans to a 2-1 victory. The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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FULLERTON — Tyler Lasch delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning and Blake Workman pitched four shutdown innings as Cal State Fullerton edged rival Long Beach State 2-1 on Saturday night at Goodwin Field.

Daniel Cope led off the seventh with a single to right field, then Long Beach catcher Chris Jimenez dropped a pop fly in foul territory, which should have retired Lasch. One pitch later, Lasch ripped a double to right, scoring Cope from first with what turned out to be the decisive run.

THERE WE GOOOOOOOOO!!! TYLER LASCH with the go-ahead double to RF to bring in Daniel Cope. #CSUF takes the 2-1 lead in the B7 #TusksUp pic.twitter.com/m2vp8rf0pX

— Titan Baseball (@BaseballTitans) March 25, 2018

Tommy Wilson made his second career start for the Titans (9-11), scattering seven hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three and allowed one earned run. Workman (2-3) took over to start the sixth and held the visitors to two hits over his four innings, striking out six with no walks.

Each team scored a run in the third. Long Beach’s Clayton Andrews delivered a one-out triple in the top of the third then scored on a wild pitch. Fullerton’s Jairus Richards beat out an infield single to lead off the bottom of the inning, then Zach Weisz ripped a double down the right field line to put runners at the corners with one out. Fullerton then tied the score when Richards came home on Mitch Berryhill’s groundout.

Jarren Duran, Shaq Robinson and Andrews all had two hits apiece for Long Beach, while Fullerton made the most of four hits and three walks.

Tyler Radcliffe (1-3) took the loss for LBSU (9-14), allowing two unearned runs in 6-1/3 innings.

The teams will meet again Sunday at 1 p.m. in the rubber game of the three-game nonconference series.

More to come on this story.

We have the heroes of tonight’s win over Long Beach State, Tyler Lasch and Blake Workman talking postgame #TusksUp pic.twitter.com/gh72rHtSoE

— Titan Baseball (@BaseballTitans) March 25, 2018

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