Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville closer Zack Burdi hit Timmy Richards with one out and the bases loaded in the top of the 10th in­ning to lift Cal State Fuller­ton to a 3-2 vic­tory Satur­day over the host Car­di­nals in the first game of the Louisville su­per re­gional.

The sopho­more’s first pitch regis­tered 100 mph, but it clipped Richards to push in the win­ning run.

“We got a lit­tle lucky,” Ti­tans Coach Rick Van­der­hook said. “I said it yes­ter­day, you’ve got to have a lit­tle luck. We got lucky, and I’ll take all the luck we can get.”

The Ti­tans (38-22) took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three se­ries against the Car­di­nals (46-17). Game 2 on Sun­day will fea­ture fresh­man left­handers — Fuller­ton’s John Gavin (7-2, 3.55 ERA) and McKay (8-3, 1.71 ERA), who played first base for the Car­di­nals on Satur­day.

The fourth meet­ing be­tween the teams was a pitcher’s duel most of theway.

Ti­tans starter Thomas Eshel­man and Louisville starter Kyle Funkhouser, both ex­pected to be early selec­tions in the next week’s ma­jor league draft, matched each other nearly pitch for pitch. Eshel­man, a ju­nior right-han­der, gave up one earned run and eight hits. He walked one — only his sev­enth walk all sea­son — and struck out five in seven in­nings. Tyler Peitzmeier (4-3) got the win in re­lief.

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