College World Series
Wednesday, March 4

OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Ricky Romero became the latest Cal State Fullerton starter to go the distance.

Romero tossed a nine-hitter as the Titans defeated Miami, 6-3, in a winner's bracket matchup at the College World Series.

The Hurricanes had won 13 straight games since a loss to North Carolina on May 16.

On Saturday, Jason Windsor struck out 14 and allowed just three hits as Cal State Fullerton won its opener over South Carolina, 2-0. The last time a school opened the College World Series with consecutive complete games by its starters was in 1990, when Georgia accomplished the feat en route to winning the title.

"I commend both of the young men for their workout and their conditioning," Titans manager George Horton said. "It seems like we don't want to go to our bullpen much, but we are willing, and somewhere along the line in this tournament they're going to be important for us."

Designated hitter Felipe Garcia went 4-for-4 with one run and one RBI for Cal State Fullerton (44-21), which faces the winner of Tuesday's elimination game between Miami (50-12) and South Carolina on Wednesday.

"We were being patient and you could see that today," Romero said. "We were taking at-bats like we do in practice."

Romero (13-4) threw 137 pitches, striking out seven and walking two. His Miami counterpart, J.D.Cockroft (9-5), was roughed up for five runs - three earned - and nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings.

The Titans took the lead for good in the second inning, scoring three runs after errors by Miami infielders Gaby Sanchez, Roger Tomas and Adam Ricks. Cal State Fullerton made it 4-0 one frame later after a second error by third baseman Sanchez.

Tomas had not made an error in 22 games, while Ricks had not committed one in 17.

"We knew we couldn't make mistakes and beat them," Miami manager Jim Morris said. "The defense really killed us. We've got to be ready to come back tomorrow. We've got enough pitching."

Miami pulled within 5-3 after opening the seventh inning with four straight hits off Romero. But after Ricks' sacrifice moved runners to second and third, Romero induced Ryan Braun to pop out and Jim Burt to ground out to end the threat.


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