Well that was painful. I didn't get to watch most of the game. We got the USC-UNC game here in the Mid Atlantic region. I did try watching the first three inning of the Carolina game (which was eventually postponed due to rain and then the coverage moved on to Ole Miss-ASU game) just so I could keep track of the score. That wasn't fun. And by the time we came back from dinner, ESPN did switch over to our game with Bruins down 2-10 and Kevin Brophy on the mound.
It looks like the Titans overwhelemed the Bruins in all facets of the game and showed why they are the premierer baseball program in Southern California (at least at this snap shot of time) and one of the best in the country. Recap from the Daily News:
Saturday's opening game of the NCAA Super Regional against UCLA turned into the ultimate execution of the drill. Cal State Fullerton scored five runs and had seven hits with two outs within the first two innings en route to a 12-2 victory over the Bruins in front of 3,394 at Goodwin Field.
UCLA ace Tyson Brummett, who has thrown seven complete games this season, was out of the game by the fifth inning in an outing that matched the senior right-hander's shortest start of the year.
"The two-out RBIs, those hurt pitchers a lot," Titans third baseman Evan McArthur said. "... We've been working a lot at practice as far as battling. We call it `battle station,' being able to battle pitchers, good pitching until we get something we can handle. We never gave in, we fouled off and gave ourselves a chance to handle something."
Fullerton (37-23) is a win away from advancing to the College World Series for the fourth time in five years, while UCLA (33-27) must earn its first-ever Super Regional victory tonight to extend the best-of-three series.
The Bruins and Brummett (10-6) had beat the Titans and ace Wes Roemer earlier this season, but this time Roemer (11-6) threw a complete game with seven strikeouts and no walks. It was the junior right-hander's third consecutive complete game, and he moved into second in program history in career strikeouts.
Obviously as the cliche goes Bruins are in a hole now. The next game is tonight (ESPN 2 - Nat'l broadcast). Freshman ;eft-hander Gavin Brooks (6-6, 4.67 ERA) is going to be on the mound for us going up against Titan right-hander Jeff Kaplan. Again a little refresher from Rye:
"I loved watching those guys," Curtis said. "They were absolute beasts and after I went to my first game, I knew that I wanted to play at UCLA."
Curtis, an A.B. Miller of Fontana graduate, followed the Bruins from that point on.
Now a sophomore playing third base, Curtis has a chance to help guide the Bruins to a place they haven't been since Glaus was wearing Blue and gold, the College World Series. [...]
He was the spearhead of the Bruins' 3-0 run through the Long Beach regional, batting .500 (7 for 14) for the weekend with a home run and three RBI.
Curtis provided the big blow in UCLA's regional-clinching victory over Long Beach State on Sunday with a homer and two RBI, leading to him regional MVP honors.
Again tonight's first pitch is scheduled for 7 pm PST. Its a national telecast on ESPN 2. We will put up a special Sunday Night baseball open thread before the game.