The Cal State Fullerton Titan baseball team built a 5-1 lead and saw it slip away in the late innings to lose to top-seeded Oregon State 6-5 on Saturday in the College World Series in Omaha.
With a big hole to climb out of, the Beavers (55-4) scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game up, and won it on Adley Rutschman’s RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the eighth.
In the double elimination tournament, the Titans (39-23) will be in action again on Monday against Florida State. CSUF only mustered three hits on Saturday but benefitted from a three-run home run by shortstop Timmy Richards and four walks.
Coach Rick Vanderhook was hard on himself for lifting starter Connor Seabold after five innings.
“They’re really good,” he said. “And I’m stupid. I outthought myself. [Colton] Eastman was on a normal rest. We had a healthy lead. At that point, I figured let’s turn it over to the best guy, and definitely outthought myself.
Eastman, who is usually a starter, yielded four walks and four runs in two-thirds of an inning.
“Probably would do it different again,” he added. “And I let them get back in the game, and you don’t do that to good teams. When you have them down, you keep them down, and we didn’t do that. We gave them momentum, and they took advantage of it. That’s why they’ve only lost four games.
Angels offense is back on in 9-0 win
The roller coaster ride of the Los Angeles Angels continued on Saturday as they blasted the Kansas City Royals 9-0 in Anaheim to stop a two-game slide. The Angels rattled 13 hits around the Big A – including three home runs – and got a sterling pitching performance from Alex Meyer.
Cameron Maybin, Albert Pujols and Luis Valbuena each went deep for the Halos. Meyer pitched six strong innings for the home team, giving up just two hits, walking one batter and striking out nine.
The win again evened the team record at 36-36, but the Angels remain in third place in the American League West, a half-game back of the second place Texas Rangers. The final game of the series is Sunday, with J.C. Ramirez (6-4) set to start for the home team.