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By Abbey Mastracco
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FULLERTON, Calif. - A year ago, Cal State
Fullerton head coach Dave Serrano addressed the media looking
dejected, after his Titans fell in just two games to Stanford at
their own field, missing what is usually an annual trip to the
College World Series.
“That’s why kids come to Cal State Fullerton, to
go to Omaha,” Serrano said.
one year and the No. 3-ranked Titans (46-14) are once again
looking every bit the part of the perennial contenders they’re
known to be after Daniel Renken (11-2) tossed a three-hit
shutout to lead CS Fullerton to a 12-0 win over No. 12
Louisville (47-17) to open the Fullerton Super Regional at a
packed Goodwin Field.
“He set the tone from strike one,” Serrano said.
Renken (pictured above) easily mowed through the
Cards’ lineup to earn his first complete game shutout. Renken
retired the side on just three pitches in the third and on
strikeouts in the fifth, and had a streak of five straight
strikeouts going through the fifth and sixth. The righty
effectively mixed speeds, utilizing a nasty changeup and blowing
his fastball past hitters, in what was an extremely impressive
In 98 pitches, the aggressive Cards managed just
three scattered hits off Renken, who walked only one. Renken
allowed just one man to get past first base, held Louisville
hitless through 5.1 innings and struck out a career-tying 10.
Dean Kiekhefer (6-5) was charged with the loss in
just 4.1 innings of work.
“We weren’t here to run up his pitch count. We
didn’t win 47 games by doing things like that,” Louisville head
coach Dan McDonnell said. “We’re an aggressive club. We swing.
Our motto is ‘hit the fastball’. We just didn’t hit it tonight.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to their guy, he did
better than us tonight.”
The Cards’ aggressive approach at the plate was
perfectly suited to Renken’s game.
“Coach Serrano said they were going to be
aggressive and they were going to be swinging,” Renken said. “It
really plays to me.”
CSF wasted no time establishing its presence,
pulling out all the stops early. The Titans hit and run, played
small ball and executed a double steal to go along with clutch
On the night, the Titans put up their 12 runs on
16 hits. Four Titan batters had multi-hit games.
thought we came out and did exactly what we wanted to do, which
was put pressure on their defense,” Fullerton first baseman
Jared Clark (right) said. Clark went 4 for 5, scoring twice and
driving in four to lead the Titans. “Whether that be bunting,
hit and run or whatever else, obviously we executed that very
Pressure on the defense led to a severe lack of
control by Cardinal pitchers. Beanballs were the most
problematic, as three Louisville pitchers combined for six hit
batters. The most damage came in the seventh, as reliever Neil
Holland loaded the bases with two outs by hitting two and
The Cardinals looked to be out of the inning when
shortstop John Dao put a stop to a sharp grounder by Jared
Clark, but Dao threw wild to second base, allowing Clark to get
all the way to third base on the error. Clark cleared the bases
and plated three more, pushing the Fullerton lead to 12-0.
CS Fullerton needs a win in Saturday’s afternoon
contest to advance to Omaha for the 16th time in school history.
Game two will feature the Big East Player of the Year Justin
Marks (10-2, 2.56 ERA) against the freshman All-American Noe
Ramirez (8-1, 2.91 ERA).
(photos by Matt Brown, courtesy of Cal State Fullerton Media