Day three turned out to be the last day in the Stanford Regional, as Cal State Fullerton was crowned champion of the group. It was a day that saw close scores, yet, it seemed apparent throughout who would win each game. Let’s dive into the details:
Stanford 4, Baylor 2
In the earlier slate of the two games, Stanford fought off elimination and advanced to a regional championship as they essentially cruised to a 4-2 win that saw them never trail.
The Cardinal scored all four of their runs in the first two innings, bringing in two scores in each. In the bottom of the first, Stanford first baseman Andrew Daschbach hit a two-run home run to get the Cardinal out to a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Stanford tacked on two more runs, as designated hitter Will Matthiessen crushed an RBI-triple to center field to bring the game to 3-0. Matthiessen would then go on to score the fourth run of the game, as he was driven in by an RBI sac fly by center fielder Alec Wilson.
The Stanford bats went silent for the rest of the game, but their initial four runs would be enough due to a great outing by starting pitcher Brendan Beck. Beck went 6.2 innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs off of two Baylor home runs.
The two Bears solo home runs came off of the bats of right fielder Davion Downey and catcher Shea Langeliers in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively.
Bears pitcher Tyler Thomas got handed the loss as he went 1.1 innings, giving up two hits, three walks and four earned runs. Beck picked up the win after the great outing he had.
Cal State Fullerton 5, Stanford 2
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton played in a rematch from Saturday night and the Titans came out victorious yet again. The win clinched Fullerton their second-straight super regional appearance, and they clinched it in the same style as last year with a win over Stanford.
This season’s win over the Cardinal saw Cal State Fullerton never trail and virtually never even worry that their opposition would come close to forcing a game two.
The Titans jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Daniel Cope hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Hank LoForte for the first run of the ball game. There was no more offense until the fourth inning, when Cal State Fullerton scored another run off of an RBI sacrifice fly by Jake Pavletich to bring the score to 2-0 heading to the fifth.
In the fifth, the Titans extended their lead all the way to 5-0 off of a three-run home run to left field by Ruben Cardenas. Stanford would then go on to score their first and only runs in the seventh inning off of a two RBI single to centerfield by Alec Wilson.
Those two runs would be the last breath of offense the game would see. Cal State Fullerton pitcher Tanner Bibee pitched a phenomenal game that saw him strikeout 11 batters in 6.2 innings of work and come away with a win. Stanford pitcher Erik Miller struggled through four innings, giving up two earned runs and getting the loss.
Cal State Fullerton has now moved on and will take on Washington in a best-of-three Super Regional series next weekend.