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Schreppel, Titans force final game with Arizona

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Pitcher Ryan Schreppel, who missed
seven weeks due to knee surgery, earned his first victory in over 2
months as Cal State Fullerton defeated Arizona 7-2 in the NCAA
baseball regionals Sunday night.

The Titans (44-16), the defending NCAA champions, and the
Wildcats (38-20) will play Monday (ESPNU, 9 ET) for the chance to meet
Arizona State in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Schreppel (6-0) gave up only one hit and one walk in his final
three innings. The junior left-hander allowed two runs, six hits
and four walks while striking out six in a season-high 8 2/3
innings.

Schreppel, who had not won since March 19, underwent surgery to
repair the meniscus in his right knee March 29.

Sergio Pedroza hit a three-run home run to give Fullerton a 4-0
lead in the fifth inning.

Arizona's Jeff Van Houten hit a two-run homer in the sixth
before the Wildcats loaded the bases with two out. Schreppel ended
the threat by luring Jason Donald into a ground out.

The Titans' Danny Dorn and Ronnie Prettyman each had three hits,
with Prettyman driving in two runs.

Fullerton emerged from the loser's bracket to win the regional
it hosted last year.

Pedroza sparks ninth-inning comeback
Sergio Pedroza hit a two-run home run and made a game-saving catch in the ninth inning as Cal State Fullerton rallied for an 8-6 victory over Missouri in the NCAA regionals Sunday night.

The Titans (43-16), the defending NCAA champions, needed Pedroza's heroics to stay alive and eliminate Missouri (40-23) from the double-elimination tournament.

The Tigers held a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth when Pedroza hit his home run off reliever Andrew Johnston (4-5) to ignite a three-run rally. Jon Wilhite's squeeze bunt brought Brett Pill home.

Missouri loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the ninth but Pedroza dived toward the right field foul line and caught Jacob Priday's pop fly with one hand.

Freshman Adam Jorgenson (2-0) pitched two innings of hitless relief, hit one batter and struck out two. Vinnie Pestano earned his 12th save.