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Fullerton hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Titans eliminate top-seeded Tigers
In Omaha, Neb.,
David Cooper went 5 for 5, including the game-winning hit in the top of the
eighth inning, as Cal State Fullerton eliminated Clemson 7-6 Tuesday at the
College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Titans (50-14)
move on to face North Carolina Wednesday and need to beat the Tar Heels twice to
reach the weekend’s national championship series. The Tigers, the tourney’s No.
1 seed, end their season at 53-16.
6-3 in the seventh inning when Cooper drilled a two-run homer to close the gap.
Brandon Tripp reached when he was hit by a pitch. After stealing second, Evan
McArthur drove him home with a two-out single to left to tie the game at 6.
In the eighth,
Cooper blooped a hard slider from Daniel Moskos just out of the reach of Tigers
shortstop Stan Widmann in short center to plate the go-ahead run.
in the ninth when Taylor Harbin doubled to center off Adam Jorgenson (2-0). Ryan
Paul came on to strike out Andy D’Alessio, who tried to bunt Harbin over with
one strike but failed. Then, Titans ace Wes Roemer came on to get a fly out and
a strikeout to close out the Tigers.
Cal State Fullerton
scored three times in the first to chase Jason Berken, but Clemson’s P.J. Zocchi
tossed six shutout innings to keep the Titans at bay. Meanwhile, the Tigers
scored three times off Lauren Gagnier in the first and expanded the lead on a
pair of RBI singles from Herman Demmink and a RBI double from Marquez Smith.