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Posted: Monday, June 28, 2004

Twins fall to East in doubleheader

The Kenai American Legion Twins dropped a pair of games Sunday to the East Thunderbirds, despite getting strong pitching performances from Shawn Issacs and Kevin Epperheimer.

Twins head coach John Kennedy said both Issacs and Epperheimer had encouraging outings against East, but the Twins couldn't get their offense going.

"Our pitching is getting there," Kennedy said.

In the first game, neither Issacs or East starter Anton Maxwell could be touched until the seventh inning, when East took advantage of two Kenai errors and two Issacs hit batters to put up three runs. That would be all Maxwell would need, as he held the Twins hitless through eight innings before giving way to a relief pitcher. Jacob Madrid helped the Twins avoid the no-hitter when he doubled in the ninth, but it wasn't enough to get the Twins back from their 4-0 deficit.

"It was a great pitchers game," Kennedy said.

In the second game, East's Juan Buck provided the firepower, hitting two home runs to help the T-Birds to a 6-1 win.

Sunday

T-Birds 4, TWINS 0, Game 1

Twins 000 000 000 0 1 2

East 000 000 31X 4 2 0

Twins Issacs and Kennedy; East Maxwell, Sherwood (9) and Plancich. W Maxwell. L Issacs. 2B Twins: Madrid. LOB Twins 1, East 3.

T-BIRDS 6, TWINS 1, Game 2, 7 innings

East 312 000 X 6 10 1

Twins 000 100 0 1 4 4

Twins Epperheimer, Holden and J. Simpson; East C. Nading, Beltz, Delaney and Plancich. W C. Nading. L Epperheimer. 2B East: N. Nading (2). HR East: Buck (2) LOB Twins 9, East 6.

Fullerton wins College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. After struggling at the start of the season, Cal State Fullerton ended it in championship style.

Jason Windsor pitched a five-hitter, Kurt Suzuki's RBI single capped off a three-run seventh inning and Cal State Fullerton won the College World Series with a 3-2 victory over Texas on Sunday.

The Titans (47-22) won the best-of-three championship series 2-0 a surprising end to a season they started 15-16. The 22 losses are the most by a national champion since Stanford had 23 in 1988.

''I'm in shock. I'm in awe,'' Fullerton coach George Horton said. ''These guys I've been honored to coach have kept surprising me and surprising me and surprising me. This is the greatest turnaround in Cal State Fullerton history.''

Fullerton also won national titles in 1979, 1984 and 1995 all under current Texas coach Augie Garrido.

''It makes it even more special to accomplish this competing against your mentor and against someone who laid such a strong foundation for Cal State Fullerton,'' Horton said.

The Longhorns (58-15), the top seed in the field, had moved through the tournament with a string of lopsided victories that made them the prohibitive favorite against Cal State Fullerton.

''It appeared by the way we were playing that we were the best team and would win this tournament, which makes it even harder for the players to understand or accept,'' Garrido said. ''We did our best. They did better.''

Windsor (13-4) was strong in throwing his second complete game of the CWS. He struck out 10 and walked one.

Staff and wire reports



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