Ti­tans get to World Se­ries

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A homer in the 11th by David Olmedo-Bar­rera helps lift Cal State Fuller­ton over Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — David Olmedo-Bar­rera led off the 11th in­ning with a home run and lifted Cal State Fuller­ton to a 4-3 victory over host Louisville on Mon­day night and into the Col­lege World Se­ries for the first time since 2009.

His sec­ond homer of the game was down the left-field line. It was ini­tially ruled a home run by third base um­pire Heath Jones, then the call was up­held af­ter a re­play re­view to give Fuller­ton the win in the de­cid­ing game of the Louisville su­per re­gional.

The Ti­tans (39-23) will play de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Van­der­bilt on Sun­day.

“Those last innings were just knock-down, drag-out base­ball,” Fuller­ton Coach Rick Van­der­hook said. “That was a great base­ball game.”

Fuller­ton se­nior Tyler Peitzmeier (4-3) picked up the win in re­lief. Ti­tans ace Thomas Eshel­man picked up the save, with pinch-run­ner Ryan Sum­mers thrown out try­ing to steal sec­ond to end the game.

The Ti­tans were trail­ing 3-1 in the eighth in­ning when Jerrod Bravo hit a two-run sin­gle to tie the score. The Car­di­nals had sev­eral chances to win the game, but the Ti­tans got out of jams in the ninth and 10th innings.

Louisville closer Zack Burdi (6-1) took the loss. Zach Lu­cas had three hits to lead the Car­di­nals (47-18), the No. 3 over­all seed in the NCAA tour­na­ment.

If Cal State Fuller­ton had not won, it would have been the first time since 2005 that Cal­i­for­nia was not rep­re­sented in the Col­lege World Se­ries.

Ti­mothy D. Easley AP

FULLER­TON play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter a 4-3 win in su­per re­gional.

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