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Big West Super Regional Results

Cal State Fullerton Super Regional
Goodwin Field Fullerton, Calif.

Friday, June 6
Arizona State 1 at Cal State Fullerton 5

Saturday, June 7
Arizona State 7 at Cal State Fullerton 6

Sunday, June 8
Arizona State 1 at Cal State Fullerton 7

** Cal State Fullerton Advances to College World Series

Stanford Super Regional
Sunken Diamond Stanford, Calif.

Friday, June 6
Long Beach State 1 at Stanford 5

Saturday, June 7
Long Beach State 2 at Stanford 4

** Stanford advances to College World Series


June 8, 2003

Cal State Fullerton Downs Arizona State 7-1, Next Stop: Omaha

Cal State Fullerton freshman Dustin Miller held the high-powered Arizona State offense to just three hits over 7 2/3 innings and the Titans scored all the runs they needed in the first three innings as Fullerton advanced to its 12th College World Series with a 7-1 victory over the Sun Devils on Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.

The Titans improved to 48-14 overall with the victory and will meet LSU in the first round of the College World Series on Friday. It is the second trip to Omaha for Fullerton in the last three years, last visiting Rosenblatt Stadium in 2001.

Arizona State closed out its season with a 54-14 overall record, the most victories since the 1988 squad went 60-13.

ASU had entered the series as the best hitting team in the nation with a .352 batting average and the top-scoring squad in the country at 10.35 runs per game.

The five hits by the Sun Devils on Sunday tied a season low in that category, matching the mark set in a 4-2 loss to Stanford on March 24 and against the Titans in the first game of the Super Regional on Friday night.

It was also only the fourth time this year that Arizona State had been held to just one run in a game -- two of those coming this weekend. Oregon State stymied the ASU bats in a 6-1 win on May 13 and Washington matched the feat in a 5-1 win on May 17.

That didn't stop Miller (9-2) as the freshman scattered just three hits in his stint on the mound before leaving to a standing ovation from the raucous crowd of 3,215 in attendance. He allowed just one run while walking four and striking out one before giving way to closer Chad Cordero in the eighth, who closed out the game with 1 1/3 innings of two-hit baseball.

Beau Vaughan (10-6) suffered the loss for the Sun Devils, allowing four runs on four hits in just one inning pitched. His replacement, Jered Liebeck, didn't fare much better, allowing three runs on three hits in an inning pitched. Four relievers then combined to hold Cal State Fullerton to just three hits over the next six innings.

The Titan bats jumped all over Vaughan in the first inning as Ronnie Prettyman was hit by a 1-2 pitch to lead off the frame and came all the way around to score when Justin Turner tripled to left cetner for the 1-0 lead. Shane Costa then brought him home with his RBI single to center for the 2-0 advantage. Cal State Fullerton added another run in the inning on a run-scoring single by Richie Burgos to make it 3-0.

Kyle Boyer, making his first start after suffering an injury before last weekend's regional championship game against Notre Dame, then led off the second inning with his sixth home run of the year to left field, chasing Vaughan and giving the Titans a 4-0 lead.

Costa, who was 2-for-5 on the day, then drove home another run three batters later with a double to left field, scoring Prettyman, who doubled to make is 5-0. The double for Costa gives him 61 for his career, moving him past former Titan great Mark Kotsay for third on the career list.

The next batter, P.J. Pilittere, made it 6-0 with a sacrifice fly after Costa had stolen third base.

The Titans tacked on their final run in the third as freshman Danny Dorn led off the inning with a towering drive that cleared the left centerfield fence, his seventh of the year, to make it 7-0.

Arizona State, which had just one hit through three innings, finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth inning with Travis Buck singled home Jeremy West for the Sun Devils' lone run of the contest.

That would be all the offense ASU could muster the rest of the way as Miller set the side down in order in two of the next three innings and Cordero got the Titans out of a jam in the eighth, getting West to pop out to second with runners on second and third.

Cordero then sat the side down in the ninth after a leadoff single by Jeff Larish, inducing Buck to hit into a double play and getting Dennis Wyrick to strikeout swinging to notch the final out of the game.

Dorn and Boyer each went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI on the day, while Arizona State was led by Larish, who was 2-for-4.


June 7, 2003

Stanford Ends Long Beach State's Season

For the third time in the last five years, Long Beach State's season ended in the hands of the Cardinal, as No. 3-ranked Stanford (46-15) swept No. 6-ranked Long Beach State (41-20) in the NCAA Super Regional, winning game two, 4-2.

Mark Romanczuk (12-0) remained undefeated on the season, as the Cardinal head to its fifth-straight College World Series, as Romanczuk went 8.1 innings, settling down after giving up seven of his 10 hits over the first three innings. Matt Manship got the final two outs for his ninth save.

The Cardinal scored three unearned runs in the seventh, with two outs to take a 4-2 lead. With two gone in the seventh, Troy Tulowitzki bobbled a routine grounder opening the door for Stanford. An RBI single from Jonny Ash tied the game, before a two-run single from Danny Putnam gave the Cardinal its first lead of the game. Stanford cut the lead in half, at 2-1 in the fourth, with an RBI single from Quentin.

Jered Weaver (14-4) pitched the first 6.2 innings, leaving in a tied game, before Carlos Muniz gave up the bases loaded single to Putnam. Weaver struck out five and walked two, giving up four runs (one earned) on eight hits. Muniz struck out five in his final outing as a Dirtbag.

Weaver struck out the first two batters in the sixth to tie Scott Rivette's single-season record of 144 strikeouts set in 1995.

Adam Heether put the 49ers up 2-0 after three innings, with a solo homer in the second and an RBI single in the third. The Beach had seven of its hits over the first three innings.

Todd Jennings led off the first inning with a single through the left side, breaking Todd Guggiana's 14-year old record, hitting safely in his 28th straight game.

Cal State Fullerton's Rally Falls Short as Arizona State Evens Series

Jeff Larish's two-run home run to right in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as Arizona State evened up its NCAA Super Regional series by holding off Cal State Fullerton for a 7-6 win at Goodwin Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Titans, who saw their seven-game postseason winning streak at Goodwin Field snapped, fell to 47-14 overall. Arizona State improved to 54-13.

Larish, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI, led an offensive attack for Arizona State, whhich saw its 3-4-5 hitters combine to go 7-for-12 with five runs scored and five RBI.

Andre Ethier was 3-for-4 with a home run and a pair of RBI while clean-up hitter Jeremy West was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

ASU jumped on Titans' starter Ryan Schreppel (5-3) scoring a pair of runs in the first inning on a hard-hit infield single by Larish, scoring Nick Walsh and Ethier when the throw to third sailed into the dugout.

The Sun Devils tacked on three more in the third on Ethier's 10th home run of the year, a two-run shot to rightfield, and an RBI single back up the middle by Dennis Wyrick for the 5-0 advantage.

Cal State Fullerton finally got to starter Ben Thurmond (8-0) in the fifth inning, as Shane Costa had an RBI double and a run-scoring single to right by Richie Burgos, who was 2-for-4 on the day, cutting the deficit to 5-2.

Larish's 18th home run of the year in the fifth upped Arizona State's lead to 7-2, setting the stage for Cal State Fullerton's rally.

Freshman Danny Dorn led off the sixth with a single and moved to third on a single by Jason Corapci that was mishandled by the leftfielder. That brought up pinch hitter Justin Smyres, who promptly tripled to right centerfield, scoring both runners and cutting the gap to 7-4. Ronnie Prettyman added a sacrifice fly after a pitching change to make it 7-5.

The Titans continued to chip away, adding another run in the seventh on Burgos' fourth home run of the season cutting the lead to 7-6.

ASU ace closer Ryan Schroyer then came on two batters later and stymied the Titan bats, setting down the final seven Fullerton batters in order, earning his ninth save of the year.

Schreppel gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits in the loss before giving way to reliever Travis Ingle in the fourth. Darric Merrell also pitched well in relief for the Titans, throwing 3 1/3 innings of four-hit baseball.

Thurmond allowed just a pair of runs on eight hits in the victory for the Sun Devils.

Four Titans had two hits led by senior Jason Corapci, who was 2-for-3. Burgos, Costa and Kurt Suzuki each added two hits.


June 6, 2003

Stanford Takes Game One From Long Beach State

Danny Putnam hit a three-run homer and John Hudgins threw a seven-hitter as Stanford beat Long Beach State 5-1 in the first game of a best-of-three series on Friday night at the Stanford Super Regional.

Hudgins (11-3), a third-round choice of the Texas Rangers, struck out six and walked two in completing his seventh game of the year.

Stanford (45-15) has won eight in a row and 17 of its last 18.

Putnam's home run, his 14th of the season, came against Neil Jamison in the eighth and broke open a pitcher's duel.

Alvarez (11-2), drafted in the second round by the Boston Red Sox earlier in the week, was nearly as effective. He struck out five and walked two in seven innings as the 49ers (41-19) had a four-game winning streak stopped.

Long Beach State, which couldn't advance a runner past second through the first five innings, broke through in the sixth. Todd Jennings, a second round draft choice of the San Francisco Giants, singled to open the inning, extending his hitting streak to 27 games, which tied a school record. Tim Hutting bunted him to second. With two outs, Jennings stole third.

Freshman Troy Tulowitzki then worked the count full, remaining alive when Cardinal first baseman Brian Hall apparently lost a foul ball in the lights. Tulowitzki drilled a double into the left field corner to drive in Jennings.

The Cardinal took the lead in the sixth. Sam Fuld coaxed a leadoff walk but was forced at second by Hall. Carlos Quentin, the Arizona Diamondbacks' first-round pick, followed with a single and Ryan Garko, the Cleveland Indians' third-round choice, hit an RBI single.

Donny Lucy's ground ball went under Tulowitzki's glove for an error, allowing Quentin to score.

Stanford had a chance to score in the fifth when Lucy and Danny Putnam each singled to open the inning. Alvarez induced ground balls from the next two batters, with 49er first baseman Mike Hofius throwing out Lucy at the plate on one play. Tobin Swope flew out to end the threat.

Windsor and Cordero Lead Cal State Fullerton to Game One Win

Jason Windsor allowed just one run in seven innings and Chad Cordero threw a pair of no-hit innings as third-ranked Cal State Fullerton beat No. 5 Arizona State, 5-1, Friday afternoon in the first game of a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional at Goodwin Field.

The Titans, who have won seven consecutive postseason games at Goodwin Field, improved to 47-13 overall. Arizona State, which lost for the first time in seven games, dropped to 53-13.

Fullerton held Arizona State, which leads the nation in scoring and hitting, to season-low tying totals in runs and hits. The Sun Devils did extend their NCAA-record consecutive games scoring streak to 499 games (dating back to 1995), but it was just the 15th time during that streak that ASU scored just one run.

Windsor (10-2) scattered just five hits in his seven innings, which matched a season high. He struck out five, walked just one and lowered his Big West-best ERA to 1.82. Cordero, the Titans' third-team All-American closer, retired all six batters he faced.

The Titans jumped on Sun Devil freshman Erik Averill (from nearby Orange, Calif.) for four runs in the second inning. ASU's pitching staff had allowed just three totel runs in its three regional wins in Temple last weekend. P.J. Pilittere opened the inning with a double just inside the third base bag and down the left field line. Danny Dorn was hit by a pitch for the 19th time this season and one out later, Ronnie Prettyman drilled a two-run triple to the left-center field gap.

ASU brought the infield in, but Jason Corapci slashed a line drive up the middle to score Prettyman for third third run of the frame. A two-out single by Shane Costa completed the second-inning scoring.

The Sun Devils got a one-out RBI single from Tuffy Gosewisch in the fifth for their lone run. But Fullerton answered back in the seventh when Kurt Suzuki's sac fly in foul territory down the first base line plated Corapci.