Game put off be­cause of rain

Cal State Fuller­ton to have 3-0 ad­van­tage over Van­der­bilt when play re­sumes Mon­day.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Shot­gun Spratling sports@la­times.com

Ti­tans lead, 3-0, in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning; game will re­sume at 9 a.m. PDT on Mon­day.

OMAHA — Cal State Fuller­ton has a golden op­por­tu­nity to snap a streak of los­ing five straight Col­lege World Se­ries games and their last three CWS open­ers. On Mon­day, the Ti­tans will re­sume Sun­day night’s rain­post­poned matchup with de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Van­der­bilt, lead­ing 3-0 in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate that we got de­layed, but I’ve been to Omaha plenty of times and weather is just some­thing you have to deal with some­times,” Fuller­ton Coach Rick Van­der­hook said. “We were play­ing re­ally well and we just have to come back and con­tinue to do the same in the morn­ing.”

The Ti­tans will have to do it with­out ace Thomas Eshel­man, who al­most as­suredly will be un­avail­able Mon­day morn­ing when the game re­sumes at 9 PDT, af­ter throw­ing 89 pitches through 52⁄3 innings.

Van­der­hook was not will­ing to name who will take over on the mound when play re­sumes with Zan­der Wiel bat­ting with a 3-and-2 count, a run­ner on sec­ond base and two outs. But the Ti­tans have op­tions.

They could choose to use a right-handed re­liever such as se­nior Wil­lie Kuhl or sopho­mores Miles Cham- bers or Chad Hockin against the right-handed-swing­ing Wiel. They could even use starters John Gavin or Con­nor Se­abold. But Fuller­ton’s best bet may be to turn the ball over to se­nior closer Tyler Peitzmeier for a po­ten­tial 10-out save.

Fac­ing Car­son Ful­mer, one of the best pitch­ers in col­lege base­ball, the bot­tom of the Fuller­ton lineup wasn’t ex­pected to have an im­pact of­fen­sively. A.J. Kennedy and Tay­lor Bryant were sup­posed to be de­fen­sive gems, but au­to­matic outs. Each be­gan the CWS bat­ting be­low .200.

In­stead, their pro­duc­tion pushed the Ti­tans to a 3-0 lead. The trio of Timmy Richards, Kennedy and Bryant were two for three with three runs scored and one run bat­ted in when the game was suspended.

Bryant put the Ti­tans ahead, 1-0, when he hit a hang­ing two-strike curve­ball for a sin­gle to drive in Richards, who walked to lead off the third in­ning.

Richards walked his next at-bat in the fifth and Kennedy dou­bled down the left­field line. Richards scored on a wild pitch and Kennedy scored on a Josh Var­gas sin­gle.

That ap­peared as if it was go­ing to be enough for Eshel­man, the Hous­ton Astros’ sec­ond-round draft pick. He struck out eight bat­ters and gave up four hits. He low­ered his earned-run av­er­age to 1.51 and pushed his ca­reer to­tals to 319 strike­outs and only 18 walks in 3761⁄ innings.

COL­LEGE WORLD SE­RIES

Mike Theiler As­so­ci­ated Press

TIMMY RICHARDS (13) gets doused by Cal State Fuller­ton team­mates af­ter scor­ing on a third-in­ning hit by Tay­lor Bryant. The Ti­tans led Van­der­bilt, 3-0, in the sixth when play was stopped be­cause of thun­der­storms.

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