After a nail-biting 10 innings; tied at 3 a piece, the Titans clinched the series against the No. 3 national seed Louisville Cardinals in the 11th inning. Leave it to David Olmedo-Barrera to end the night, as he homered down the left-field line for a 4-3 historic victory Monday night.
Its been a long season for the Titans, but the team has overlooked the bad; as they now advance to Omaha for the 17th time since 2009 and the first time under Coach Rick Vanderhook. The Titans end their longest drought to Omaha in school history with a 39-23 record.
The College World Series begins Saturday in Omaha, Neb., as for the Titans they prepare for their first game on Sunday against the national defending champs Vanderbilt, at 5 p.m. PT from T.D. Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
It was a close one Monday night, Olmedo-Barerra’s game-winning homer was almost a no-go as it fell just inside the left-field foul pole, forcing a discussion amongst umpires and a review via instant replay. Fortunately, it was a homer and the Titans were awarded the run. Olmedo-Barrera had two home runs in this game against Louisville, and would mark the winning runÂ as his 10th homer of year.
Louisville almost had it, with a two-out error they had the tying run in the bottom of the 11th inning, but catcher Chris Hudgins knocked down Ryan Summers in his efforts to steal the game’s final out, giving the Titans their eighth Super Regional championship since 1999.
Tyler Peitzmeier (4-3) took the win with five solid innings, giving up one earned run and four hits while striking out three. The lefty sure left an impression on the mound.
As for Lousiville, closer Zack Burdi (6-1) took the straight loss. Burdi gave up one earned run and three hits, as he also walked one and struck out two in 3-1/3 innings.
Stay tuned as the Titans take on Vanderbilt on Sunday at the CWS in Omaha at 5 p.m. PT. airing onÂ ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPNU.