Playing in the 1,000th College World Series game, Cal State Fullerton dropped a 6-4 decision to Florida State in an elimination game in front of 17,229 fans at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Florida State improved to 46-22, while Cal State Fullerton ends its season with a 39-24 record.
Florida Sate capitalized on a walk and a throwing error to take an early 1-0 in the top of the second inning. Drew Mendoza reached first on a walk and advanced to second on a throwing error by catcher Chris Hudins on a failed pickoff attempt. A sacrifice bunt by Matt Henderson moved Mendoza to third and would eventually cross home plate off a single by Steven Wells.
The Titans tied the game in the bottom of the third after loading the bases thanks to a pair of walks and a single to open the inning. A sacrifice fly by Scott Hurst would drive in Hunter Cullen to put the Titans on the board. With two on and one out, Sahid Valenzuela hit into a double play to end Cal State Fullerton’s chance of a rally.
Florida State mirrored Cal State Fullerton and loaded the bases to kick off the fourth inning with a double and a walk, followed by a single. The Titans minimized the scoring potential of the Seminoles, who were only able to score one run off a sacrifice fly by Wells, his second RBI of the contest, that sent Cal Raleigh home. Fullerton pitcher John Gavin (3.1IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 1 K) was then replaced by Gavin Velasquez, who would book-end a walk with a pair of strike outs to minimize the damage and give the Seminoles just a 2-1 advantage.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the top of the sixth with a home run to right field by Mendoza to score his second run of the game. But the lead was short-lived. With two on and one out in the bottom of the sixth, a double by Dillon Peringer would bring in Hurst to shrink FSU’s lead to 4-3. Timmy Richards would follow that up with his second home run of the College World Series to give Cal State Fullerton a 4-3 edge headed to the seventh inning.
The pitch served up to Richards was the last of the day for FSU starter Drew Parrish. He went 5.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Jack Pabich, the first of three Titan pitchers to take the mound in the seventh inning, allowed a leadoff single to Taylor Walls followed by a double to Dylan Busby to open the top of the seventh. The two Seminoles would eventually come around to score the tying and game-winning runs on three consecutive walks by the Titans’ next reliever, Blake Workman. The third and final run came across on a bases-loaded infield single by Matt Henderson off Brett Conine.
The Titans threatened in the bottom of the ninth by putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Drew Carlton would earn his seventh save of the year after striking out pinch-hitter Hank LoForte looking.
Seminole Chase Haney collected his third win of the season, while Jack Pabich (1-3) was handed the loss.
This marks the fourth consecutive appearance Cal State Fullerton has gone 0-2 at the College World Series.