Cal State-Fullerton eliminates Tulane

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2001

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Freshman Darric Merrell scattered six hits over eight innings, and David Bacani homered twice and drove in five runs to lead Cal State-Fullerton to an 11-2 victory over Tulane in a College World Series elimination game Tuesday.

Merrell, a freshman right-hander, allowed two unearned runs, struck out four, walked three and lost a bid for the first College World Series shutout in five years in the eighth inning.

Bacani, who has hit three of his seven homers at the College World Series, went 3-for-4, and Louie Lamoure went 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Titans (48-17).

Tennessee 10, Southern California 2

OMAHA, Neb. -- Wyatt Allen pitched eight solid innings Tuesday night as the Volunteers beat Southern California in an elimination game.

Ryan Case hit a three-run homer and Jeff Christensen hit a two-run shot and drove in four runs for Tennessee (48-19).

, which will play Miami on Thursday. The Hurricanes beat the Volunteers 21-13 Saturday in a first-round game in which Allen didn't last two innings.

Any ill effects of the beating had worn off by Tuesday. Allen (10-3), who had a 6.63 ERA coming into the game, took a two-hit shutout into the sixth and ended up holding the Trojans to two runs and six hits.

Matt Samuels allowed two baserunners in the ninth but got Seth Davidson to fly out to center for the final out.

Anthony Lunetta and Michael Moon each drove in runs for USC (45-19), which was knocked out of the CWS in three games for the second straight year.

Anthony Reyes (5-4) took the loss for the Trojans, allowing six runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.

The Vols, who had to rally to get past Georgia on Monday, took an early lead and held it against the Trojans.

Reyes walked Kris Bennett to lead off the second inning then gave up a single to Justin Parker. Reyes nearly got out of the jam by getting Javi Herrera to pop out and Dan Wilson to hit a line drive right at second baseman Lunetta. But he couldn't get the ball past Case, who drove one into the left-field bleachers.

Christensen added an RBI single in the third and the Vols went up 6-0 with two more runs in the fifth. Chris Burke started the rally with a fluke one-out single. He popped the ball way up behind home plate, but the wind blew it back into fair territory and catcher Alberto Concepcion couldn't recover before it landed between the mound and the plate.

Burke went to third on a single by Stevie Daniel and scored on a wild pitch. Christensen hit a double over right fielder Dan Wilson's head to drive in Daniel and would have had another RBI, but Wilson recovered in time to throw out Brandon Hopkins at home.

Christensen hit a two-run homer that put the Vols up 8-2 in the seventh and the Vols added two more in the eighth.

Allen, who gave up eight runs and eight hits in just 1 2-3 innings of the opener, ran into his only trouble in the sixth.

Brian Barre led off with a single, then after striking out Davidson, Allen walked Concepcion and hit Bill Peavey to load the bases. Lunetta singled and Moon drove in a run with a fielder's choice. Allen then struck out Josh Persell to end the inning.



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