Louisville, KY (WDRB) – The Louisville Cardinals rallied twice Saturday with home runs but could not put together an extra-inning rally to beat the Cal State Fullerton Titans in game one of the NCAA Baseball Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.
“Even if we would have lost, I would say (that was) a great baseball game,” said Titans head coach Rick Vanderhook after his team's 3-2 win over the Cardinals.
There was no score in the top of the 6th inning when Cal State Fullerton's Dalton Blaser hit an RBI single off Louisville starter Kyle Funkhouser to give the Titans a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Brendan McKay tied the game with a solo homer. Blaser answered again for Fullerton with an RBI single in the top of the 8th to make it 2-1.
Louisville's Mike White came through with a clutch solo homer in the bottom of the 9th to tie it at 2. U of L had two runners on, but Ryan Summers popped out to end the inning.
In the top of the 10th, Louisville's Zach Burdi threw his first pitch: a 100 mph fastball into the shoulder of Timmy Richards with the bases loaded, leading to the Titans go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, with runners on the corners, Cal State Fullerton relief pitcher Tyler Peitzmeier struck out White to end the game.
“With two outs, I knew I had to just try to move the ball,” said White. “I think I had the right mindset going into the at-bat, I think I just got a little too overaggressive.”
“Obviously it hurts when you lose, but this time of the year, there's a fine line between winning and losing,” said Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell.
The 3-2 loss to Cal State Fullerton means Louisville will now have to win Sunday to force a deciding game three in the best-of-three series on Monday.
The first pitch Sunday is scheduled for noon at Jim Patterson Stadium.