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Fullerton scores five unearned runs in victory

FULLERTON, Calif. -- For the second consecutive year, Cal State Fullerton emerged from the loser's bracket to win its own NCAA baseball regional.

Freshman pitcher Wes Roemer won his second game in four days and the Titans scored four unearned runs in a 6-3 victory over Arizona on Monday night. The Titans (45-16), the defending NCAA champions, will play Arizona State in the NCAA super regionals. The Wildcats (38-21), who went to last year's College World Series, lost five of their last nine games.

"I'm as proud of this group as any group I've ever been around," Fullerton coach George Horton said. "Their ability to sustain an effort -- running on fumes, staying up 'til 3 o'clock in the morning after some games -- is unbelievable."

Roemer (7-3) was named the tournament's most outstanding player after conceding three runs, 10 hits and no walks while striking out 10 in 15 innings.

Against Arizona, Roemer conceded just one hit in his first four innings. The right-hander induced 10 groundouts, allowed eight hits and struck out five in eight innings.

"I was feeling a little tired in the first few innings," Roemer said. "But I started getting better as the game went along. Everything felt good all game long. It was really weird."

Fullerton held a 1-0 lead when the Titans sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the third inning to score four unearned runs on four hits, two errors and a hit batter.

Ronnie Prettyman hit a two-run single to lead the rally. Bobby Andrews added a squeeze bunt for a run-scoring single.

Andrews finished with two RBI and dived to make a one-handed catch near the warning track in right field in the ninth after the Wildcats put runners at first and second base with nobody out.

"It was probably one of the best catches I ever made," Andrews said. "Off the bat, I didn't think I would catch it. I saw it up in the air and I told myself, 'Just run as fast as you can.'"

Arizona's Jason Donald got his third hit to load the bases. But the Titans' Danny Dorn caught Derek Decater's fly ball over his shoulder with one hand. Then reliever Vinnie Pestano struck out pinch-hitter Bill Rhinehart for his 13th save.

The Wildcats committed five errors, one shy of their season worst.

The attendance of 3,654 tied a Goodwin Field record set Saturday night.