OMAHA, Neb. — In a game without precedent in the 61-year history of the College World Series, it was déjà vu that helped UC Irvine extend its baseball season with a 5-4 victory over Cal State Fullerton in an elimination game Monday at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Junior right fielder Bryan Petersen, who doubled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth June 10 to clinch the super regional at Wichita State and propel the Anteaters to their first appearance in the College World Series, lined a walk-off single to center to cap the 13-inning marathon that lasted a record five hours, 40 minutes. By the time it was over, only about 8,000 holdovers remained from a crowd announced at 16,451.
Petersen's single was the biggest of a handful of clutch hits that allowed the No. 4-ranked Anteaters (46-16-1) to eliminate the Titans (38-25) and move to today's elimination game against No. 3-ranked Arizona State (49-14) at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.