CS Fullerton 4, Texas A&M 2
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ David Bacani homered and doubled, and Matt Sorensen pitched into the ninth as Cal State-Fullerton beat Texas A&M 4-2 on Monday night.
Sorensen (12-0), a right-hander, threw 8 1-3 innings to outduel Texas A&M lefty Matt Ward (8-1) in a showdown of unbeaten pitchers at the College World Series.
The third-seeded Titans (50-13) will play another elimination game Tuesday against Florida State, while the loss sends Texas A&M (52-18) home.
The Aggies, wearing their hats backward as they stood on the top step of the dugout, threatened in the ninth when Sean Heaney hit a one-out single to left and Greg Porter doubled to the gap in left-center.
That’s when hard-throwing closer Kirk Saarloos replaced Sorensen. Saarloos got Dell Lindsey to foul out to first and struck out Chad Hudson swinging on a full-count fastball.
Bacani hit a home run leading off the third to tie the game at 2-2 and Fullerton went ahead for good in a strange fifth inning.
It began with Bacani’s double to right. Reed Johnson moved him over with a bunt toward third. Lindsey fielded it and threw to first on a close play, but umpire Ken Couch ruled Johnson safe.
As first baseman John Scheschuk began walking toward the mound, apparently thinking Couch granted his request for a timeout, first-base coach Mike Kirby waved his arms and urged Johnson to run.
Bacani made a move for home, but sprinted back to third when Scheschuk held the ball. Meanwhile, Johnson raced to second behind Scheschuk. The play eventually was ruled a double for Johnson.
Spencer Oborn drove in Bacani and Johnson with a single to left to give the Titans a 4-2 lead.
Meanwhile, Sorensen limited the Aggies to three hits after allowing five in the first two innings. The Aggies put runners on second in the sixth and seventh, but couldn’t mount a bigger threat until the ninth.
Sorensen threw 64 pitches in the first three innings, then threw 48 from the fourth through eighth and six in the ninth. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out three.
Ward lasted 6 2-3 innings, allowed eight hits, four earned runs with two walks and two strikeouts.
Texas A&M led 1-0 in the first when Shawn Schumacher reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to second on a single by Daylan Holt, took third on an error by Bacani and scored on a sacrifice fly by Scheschuk.
Fullerton tied it in the top of the second. Ryan Owens singled and moved to second on a single by Shawn Norris. After a double steal, Owens came in on a sacrifice by Craig Patterson.