Cal State Fullerton’s baseball team exited the College World Series in Omaha on Monday not with a bang but with a walk. Several of them.
The Titans were eliminated with their second loss, this one 6-4 to Florida State. It was the ninth straight World Series loss for the Orange County team, which finished the 2017 campaign with a 39-24 mark.
Fullerton held a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning, but the Gators had runners at first and third with no outs. So Titan coach Rick Vanderhook – seeking to set up a force play at any base – ordered reliever Blake Workman to walk Jackson Luek to load the bases.
He did that, but then walked in the tying run, and then the next batter for what proved to be the winning run.
The Fullerton really was an Orange County entry, with most of its players hailing from the OC. Not only that, but several are from the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area. They are:
- Taylor Bryant, La Quinta High School
- Jim Endersby, Orange High School
- Maxwell Gibbs, Marina High School
- Dillon Persinger, Fountain Valley High and Golden West College.