Cardinals 0, (2) Titans 12



10:30 PM ET
June 5, 2009

Renken throws first career shutout for Fullerton

Updated: June 6, 2009, 3:41 PM ET

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Daniel Renken pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Josh Fellhauer homered, and Jared Clark drove in four runs to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 12-0 victory over Louisville in the opener of the Fullerton super regional Friday night.

Another win by the Titans (46-14) will put them in the College World Series for the 16th time, and third in four years.

"I'm proud of how our team performed," Titans coach Dave Serrano said. "We excelled in every area we could."

Renken (11-2) needed just 98 pitches against the aggressive Cardinals, tying a career high with 10 strikeouts in his third complete game this season. The sophomore right-hander retired 10 straight during one stretch, including five consecutive on strikeouts.

"I threw strikes and let the defense do the work," Renken said. "They got themselves out most times. They did a lot of swinging at the first pitch."

Added Louisville coach Dan McDonnell: "That is the best pitcher we've seen all year."

Louisville (47-17), shut out for just the second time this season, must win Saturday to force a deciding third game Sunday night.

"It's pretty obvious what happened," McDonnell said. "Our tail was kicked tonight."

Playing very much like the No. 2 national seed, Fullerton amassed 16 hits and has won all four of its postseason games by a combined score of 53-9. Clark and Khris Davis each had four of those hits, with Davis also driving in two runs.

The Titans, 23-3 since April 18, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a two-run double by Clark and an RBI single by Davis. Fellhauer homered to start a three-run fifth, and Fullerton added two more in the sixth and three in the seventh.

"I thought we came out and did exactly what we wanted to do," Clark said. "We put pressure on the defense. Stealing, bunting, hit and run. Obviously, we did that very well."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press