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Big West Regional Results

Cal State Fullerton Regional
Goodwin Field o Fullerton, Calif.

Friday, May 30
(No. 2) Arizona 5 vs. (No. 3) Notre Dame 13
(No. 4) San Diego 1 at (No. 1) Cal State Fullerton 3

Saturday, May 31
Arizona 2 vs. San Diego 5
Notre Dame 3 at Cal State Fullerton 4
San Diego 3 vs. Notre Dame 6

Sunday, June 1
Notre Dame 1 at Cal State Fullerton 8

Long Beach State Regional
Blair Field o Long Beach, Calif.

Friday, May 30
(No. 2) Minnesota 3 vs. (No. 3) Washington 5
(No. 4) Pepperdine 1 at (No. 1) Long Beach State 6

Saturday, May 31
Minnesota 7 vs. Pepperdine 5
Washington 2 at Long Beach State 7
Minnesota 1 vs. Washington 4

Sunday, June 1
Washington 2 at Long Beach State 7

Stanford Regional
Stanford Regional
Sunken Diamond o Stanford, Calif.

Friday, May 30
(No. 2) Richmond 8 vs. (No. 3) UC Riverside 10
(No. 4) Illinois-Chicago 2 at (No. 1) Stanford 9

Saturday, May 31
Richmond 5 vs. Illinois-Chicago 0
UC Riverside 6 at Stanford 13
Richmond 8 vs. UC Riverside 1

Sunday, June 1
Richmond 6 at Stanford 19

June 1, 2003

Miller Pitches Cal State Fullerton Into Super Regional

Cal State Fullerton freshman right-hander Dustin Miller allowed just one run through eight innings of work and senior Jason Corapci was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI as the Titans advanced to the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals with an 8-1 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.

Fullerton improved to 46-13 overall and will meet Arizona State in a best-of-three series next weekend. Site and game times for the super regionals will be announced on Monday (June 2). Notre Dame finishes its season 45-18 overall.

Miller (8-2) struck out 10 Irish players and scattered nine hits on the afternoon without walking a batter. He was treated to a standing ovation as he left the game in the ninth inning in favor of Sean Martin who, after a leadoff single by Kris Billmaier, struckout pinch hitter Tim Murray and induced Greg Lopez to line into a double play to close out the Titans' victory.

Peter Ogilvie (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in just 2 2/3 innings. Three Notre Dame relievers combined to hold the Titans to just a run on three hits the rest of the way, but the damage had been done.

Fullerton got on the board quickly, scoring two runs each in the first and second innings before putting up three runs in the third. Justin Turner had an RBI double in the first and David Fischer had an RBI fielder's choice in the first for the 2-0 lead.

The Titans tacked on two more runs in the second on an RBI single by Corapci and a Notre Dame error, scoring Kurt Suzuki from third to make it 4-0. Cal State Fullerton increased its lead to 7-0 in the third on RBI's from Corapci and Danny Dorn and another Irish error.

Notre Dame finally broke through against Miller in the seventh as freshman Cody Rizzo doubled down the left field line and came home on a run-scoring fielder's choice by catcher Javi Sanchez.

The Titans got a run back in the eighth as Corapci led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice, stole third and scored on Justin Turner's RBI single to center to cap the scoring at 8-1.

Turner, Dorn and P.J. Pilittere each finished with a pair of hits while Turner also added a pair of RBI. Steve Sollmann was 3-for-4 to lead Notre Dame's offense, which banged out 10 hits on the day.

Jennings and Ramos Shine as Long Beach State Advances to the Super Regional

Junior Todd Jennings had three RBI and sophomore Cesar Ramos tossed seven shutout innings to lead host Long Beach State to a 7-2 win over Washington (42-18) in the championship game of the 2003 NCAA Baseball Regional at Long Beach.

Ramos (6-4) allowed just six hits and did not walk a batter, while notching one strikeout in seven innings for the victory.

"We relied on our pitching and Iım not sure if there was any better pitching in the nation this weekend," said Long Beach State head Coach Mike Weathers.

Jennings got the 49ers (42-18) on the board in the third inning as he laced a two-run single up the middle to bring home sophomore Brad Davis and junior Josh Buhagiar, who reached on a walk and an error. With his single, Jennings extended his team-high hitting streak to 26 games, one shy of the Long Beach State school record of 27 games, set in 1989.

Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Long Beach blew the game open with four runs on four hits, two walks and an error. Jennings delivered an RBI single in the inning as did junior Mike Hofius and freshman John Bowker. The 49ers added another run in the sixth inning, to take a 7-0 lead.

The 49ers advance to a matchup with Stanford in their first ever NCAA Super Regional. This will be the fourth time in five years that the Cardinal and 49ers have met in the NCAA Championships.

May 31, 2003

Prettyman Lifts Cal State Fullerton to Title Game

Cal State Fullerton sophomore Ronnie Prettyman doubled home the game-winning run with two outs in the top of the ninth and junior Chad Cordero struck out two of the final four batters as the Titans advanced to the regional championship game with a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon at Goodwin Field.

The Titans improved to 45-13 overall while the Fighting Irish fell to 44-17. Notre Dame will meet San Diego in an elimination game on Saturday night at approximately 7:55 p.m. PDT for the chance to meet Cal State Fullerton in the championship game on Sunday.

With one out in the ninth, catcher Kurt Suzuki singled to center and moved into scoring position after a bunt by Jason Corapci. That brought up Prettyman, who sent a 1-0 pitch from Irish closer J.P. Gagne (4-6) into the gap in right centerfield for a double, scoring Suzuki for the 4-3 lead.

Cordero (5-1), who came in to get the final out of the eighth, got Matt Macri to strikeout swinging and got Javi Sanchez to pop out to second for the first two outs in the ninth before walking Joe Thaman. Cordero then got Steve Sollman to strikeout swinging to end the game.

Fullerton, the visiting team for this game, scored twice in the first on a bases-loaded walk to Richie Burgos and an RBI groundout by P.J. Pilittere for the quick 2-0 lead. The Titans posted another run in the third on a bunt by Pilittere, scoring Shane Costa for the 3-0 advantage.

Titan starter Ryan Schreppel was solid through 5 2/3 innings of work, allowing just three hits until a sacrifice fly by Sollman put the Irish on the board in the sixth. Schreppel was lifted two batters later after a pair of singles in favor of Darric Merrell, who got a ground ball to end the inning.

Notre Dame then rallied to tie the score in the eighth off Merrell as Matt Edwards had an RBI single to center and Kris Billmaier hit a deep fly to right, scoring Brennen Grogan from third to tie the game.

Cordero earned the win in relief for the Titans, pitching 1 1/3 innings and striking out two. Gagne allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work for the loss.

Prettyman and Kyle Boyer each had a pair of hits for the Titans. Thaman was 2-for-2 for the Irish while Edwards also added a pair of hits for Notre Dame.

Weaver and Davis Send Long Beach State to Regional Championship Game

Sophomore Jered Weaver showed again why he was a first-team All-American selection as he allowed just two runs on five hits in a complete game victory over Washington 7-2.

Weaver (14-3) recorded six strikeouts, while allowing only one walk in the win.

The only mistake Weaver made in the game came in the third inning as freshman Brent Lillibridge hit a two-run blast over the left field wall for his 13th home run of the season.

Trailing 2-0, the 49er offense responded in the top of the fourth as sophomore Brad Davis connected on a two-run double down the left field line to tie the game at 2-2.

Long Beach State then took the lead in the seventh inning on an RBI single from junior Josh Buhagiar that bounced off of second base then skewed over the head of both Washington middle infielders.

The 49ers put the game away one inning later with four runs on a two-run single by junior Mike Hofius and another two-run double by Davis.

Davis finished the day 2-3 with four RBI.

UC Riverside's Season Comes to an End With a Pair of Losses

The UC Riverside Highlanders baseball team's outstanding season came to an end Saturday evening as they fell to the University of Richmond Spiders in an elimination game, 8-1 at Stanford's Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto. The Highlanders finish the season at 41-17 overall.

The Highlanders dropped into the losers' bracket by falling to host Stanford in the second game of the day, 13-6, as UCR starter A.J. Shappi was hit hard by the host Cardinal, who overcame a three-run deficit with three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.

UCR senior starter Julio Fernandez (5-4) allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in 5.1 innings of work, earning the loss in his final career appearance for the Highlanders.

The Spiders scored four times in the first, once in the fourth, twice in the sixth and once in the eighth. The Highlanders got a single run in the first on a Brian Wahlbrink double and an RBI groundout by Tony Festa. The Highlanders had five hits on the evening off of starter Jason Bolinski, who moved to 10-1 with the complete game win.

In the first game, the host Cardinal scored three times in the fourth and four times in the fifth to turn a 4-1 UCR lead into an 8-5 deficit. Trailing 5-4, Cardinal center fielder Sam Fuld led off with a double, was sacrificed to second and came home on a two-out double by Ryan Garko to tie the score. Moments later left fielder Danny Putnam homered to right center for a 7-5 lead, and designated hitter Chris Carter followed with a solo shot to right for an 8-5 lead.

The Highlanders added a solo shot by Ryan Harvey to cut the lead to 8-6, but Stanford tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the eighth and two in the ninth to build a 13-6 lead.

Shappi (11-3) took the loss for UCR, allowing 12 hits and 10 earned runs in 7.0 innings, and absorbed some of the runs to take a load off of the Highlander bullpen in anticipation of needing it in upcoming games. Stanford's John Hudgins got the win, allowing eight hits and six earned runs, striking out 12.

After the Cardinal scored once in the top of the first, the Highlanders scored four times in the bottom of the first as Harvey and Festa singled and Kevin Mangels was hit by a pitch to load the bases. One out later, Jason Collette stroked a double to left center that cleared the bases and gave the Highlanders a 3-1 lead. Matt Cunningham stroked a single to plate Collette for a 4-1 UCR lead.

Shappi cruised through the second and third innings, but the Cardinal rallied to tie the game in the fourth, getting a bases loaded walk to score their second run, a RBI single to score the third, and a fielder's choice to plate the tying run.

Second baseman Brian Steinmeyer gave UCR a 5-4 lead as he hit his first homer of the season, a booming shot over the left field wall that quieted the partisan Stanford crowd.

May 30, 2003

Cordero Breaks Career Saves Mark in Cal State Fullerton Win

Cal State Fullerton junior closer Chad Cordero pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and broke a 19-year-old school record with his 33rd career save as the Titans opened the 2003 NCAA Baseball Regionals with a 3-1 victory over San Diego on Friday night at Goodwin Field.

Fullerton improved to 44-13 overall and advances to face Notre Dame in a winner's bracket game on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. PDT. San Diego fell to 31-29 overall and will meet Arizona in an elimination game on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PDT.

The Titans scored a single run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Junior catcher P.J. Pilittere got the Titans on the board with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, scoring Kyle Boyer for the 1-0 lead.

Boyer scored the Titans' second run of the night in the fifth after being hit by a pitch and stealing second base. Up stepped Richie Burgos, who promptly doubled to left field, scoring Boyer from second for the 2-0 advantage.

Justin Turner made it 3-0 Titans in the sixth, laying down a bunt that was mishandled by Toreros starter Kyle Collins (9-5) and allowing Jason Corapci to score from third.

USD got a run back in the seventh as Freddy Sandoval led off the frame with a home run that hit the foul pole down the right field line, cutting the deficit to 3-1.

However, that would be all the offense could muster against Titans' starter Jason Windsor (9-2) and two relievers as the staff combined to allow just four hits on the night.

Windsor went 6 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits, retiring 14 of 16 batters at one point, and striking out six on the night. Travis Ingle allowed two hits in an inning of work before giving way to Cordero with one out in the eighth. Cordero retired the final five batters in order to earn his seventh save of the season.

Collins allowed all three runs on 11 hits and struck out four in seven innings of work in the loss. Patrick Lucy pitched a perfect eighth inning in relief for USD, notching a strikeout.

Five different Titans had two hits on the night, including Pilittere, who was 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Turner, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Four different players accounted for the hits for San Diego.

UC Riverside Rallies to Defeat Richmond in NCAA Opener, 10-8

The UC Riverside Highlanders (41-15) scored 10 unanswered runs to rally back from a 4-0 fourth inning deficit, then held off a late rally to pull off a 10-8 win over the University of Richmond Spiders (46-14) in the first game of the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament in front of 862 fans at Stanford Friday.

Freshman southpaw Chad Decker (4-0) got the win for the Highlanders, allowing three hits and two runs in 4.2 innings of relief of junior starter Jaymie Torres. Torres allowed four runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings of work.

The Highlanders mounted their comeback against one of the top pitchers in the nation, University of Richmond All-American hurler Tim Stauffer (9-5), who is expected to be one of the first two pitchers taken in the Major League Draft next week.

The Highlanders trailed 4-2 entering the top of the eighth inning when junior designated hitter Jason Collette led off the inning with a line drive homer, his fifth, over the left field wall off of Stauffer to make the score 4-3 in favor of the Spiders. One out later senior catcher Brian Emmons hit a grasscutter that snuck under the glove of shortstop David Reaver for an error. Junior second baseman Scott Powis struck out, but senior centerfielder Brian Wahlbrink followed with a towering homer, his team-leading 12th, over the scoreboard in left field to give UCR a 5-4 lead.

"It was a change-up or an off speed, and he kind of left it up," Wahlbrink said. "I was swinging for the fences 3-1, but fouled it back, and I was just trying to battle on 3-2."

Prior to the inning, Stauffer had allowed just three homers all season.

But the Highlanders were far from done. In the ninth junior third baseman Tony Festa led off with a single against reliever Matt McGloughlin and was sacrificed to second by Mangels. Senior shortstop Randy Blood followed with a single to right to score Festa. Collette followed with a single to right center, sending Blood to third. The senior came home moments later as right fielder John Cronin's throw got away from the cutoff man for an error. After a walk by sophomore left fielder Matt Cunningham, Nate Kuchta came in to relieve McLoughlin. Emmons was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Powis cleared them with a triple to the gap in right center, making the score 10-4.

The Spiders scored twice in the bottom of the ninth off of a tiring Decker as Jim Fasano cranked a two-run homer to left. Brian Hoff relieved and got two quick outs, but struggled to find the third out. He had two-strike counts on the final four batters but allowed a walk, double, single and double to make the score 10-8 with the go-ahead run at the plate. But Hoff retired center fielder Brett Pritz on a fly ball to right field to end the ball game.

The Spiders got to Torres for single runs in the second and third and for two in the fourth before he was lifted. At 3.1 innings, it was Torres' shortest non-scheduled start of the season.

Stauffer was cruising early, striking out eight in the first four innings before the Highlanders broke through. Powis walked, then went to second on a single by Wahlbrink. Harvey hit a groundball to short that retired Wahlbrink, but second baseman Bobby LeNoir's relay throw got away from first baseman Fasano, allowing Powis to come home with the first run.

UCR scored again in the sixth as Cunningham singled with one out, then went to third on a booming double to right by Emmons. Powis chased Cunningham home with a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 4-2.

Long Beach State Proves to be Hostile Host in 6-1 win over Pepperdine

In front of the largest crowd to ever witness a Long Beach State baseball game at Blair Field (3,139), the 49ers defeated Pepperdine 6-1 in game two of the 2003 NCAA Baseball Regional at Long Beach State

The 49ers (39-18) got on the board on the first pitch to leadoff hitter Todd Jennings in the bottom of the first inning as Jennings hit his fifth home run of the season, extending his personal hit streak to 24 games. The 49ers would add two more runs in the inning to take a 3-0.

That would prove to be more than enough for Long Beach State starter Abe Alaverez (11-1), who cruised to victory, allowing just one run on four hits and four walks in seven innings.

Jennings factored in two of the 49ers final three runs as well knocking in single runs in the fourth and the eighth to finish the day 2-4 with three RBI.