CS Fullerton pounds Louisville in game one

Cal State Fullerton moved within a win of the College World Series after soundly beating Louisville 12-0 Friday night in game one of the Super Regional.

Cal State Fullerton struck early with three runs in the bottom of the first. Jared Clark drove in Christian Colon and Gary Brown for a 2-0 lead. Then Khris Davis drove in Clark for the Titans third run in the inning. Colon had a lead-off single then stole second base; Brown reached after being hit by a pitch. Josh Fellhauer laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Colon and Brown before Clark hammered them home with a hard hit ball to left field.

That was the only run production Daniel Renken needed as the Fullerton ace was virtually untouchable retiring 17 of 18 batters at one point. Renken allowed only three hits and gave up no runs while striking out a career-high 10 batters in his third complete game this season.

Dean Kiekhefer struggled early with his control hitting three batters in the first three innings. After giving up three hits and hitting two batters in the first, Kiekhefer bounced back retiring the side in order in the second inning. The Titans added a run in the fourth when Colon drove in Joe Scott on a fly ball to center field. Scott singled with one out and advanced to third on Joey Siddons single down the right field line.

Fellhauer bombed a home run to start the fifth inning to put CS Fullerton up 5-0. Jared Clark singled hard to left next and scored from first on Davis' double to center for a 6-0 advantage. That was the end of the night for Kiekhefer, who gave up six runs on 9 hits, in 4 1/3 innings.

The Titans made it 7-0 when Joe Scott doubled off of Tyler Mathis to right to drive in Dustin Garneau.

Colon singled to start the sixth inning and scored from first when Josh Richmond misplayed a line drive to left from Brown for an 8-0 lead. Neal Holland came on to replace Mathis and gave up a single to Clark that drove in Brown for a 9-0 Titans edge.

The Titans scored three runs in the seventh to up their lead to 12-0. Fellhauer and Colon scored when John Dao threw one away trying to get the third out at second base. Scott scored before on a single to shortstop by Clark. Scott and Colon reached base after being hit by pitches.

Louisville's season is now on the line. The Cardinals will start ace Justin Marks Saturday in a game they must win to force a third game and avoid elimination.


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