College baseball: Stillwater Regional kicks off with Cal-State Fullerton win over Nebraska

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: May 30, 2014
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STILLWATER — Luck hasn’t been on Cal State’s Fullerton’s side for much of the season.

Lately, though, the Titans can’t get enough of it.

Luck cracked the door and Cal State Fullerton kicked it open with a big eighth inning Friday afternoon, beating Nebraska 5-1 in the NCAA Regional opener at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

“We’re starting to create our own luck by doing this the right way in the way we go about it as a group,” Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook said.

The Titans (33-22) advance to play the winner of Friday night’s Oklahoma State-Binghamton winner at 7 p.m. Saturday. Nebraska will play the loser of Friday night’s game at noon Saturday in an elimination game.

Nebraska starter Chance Sinclair was nearly perfect for most of the game, taking a no-hitter into the seventh before an error opened the door for Fullerton to tie it with a pair of singles.

An inning later, the Cornhuskers quickly retired the first two hitters before Timmy Richards—hitting .213 coming in and only in the lineup because regular second baseman Taylor Bryant was ill—kept the inning alive with a single up the middle.