Cal State Fullerton 6,
A Cal State Fullerton team that had a losing record at midseason is now one win from a national championship.
Danny Dorn's two-run double gave Fullerton the lead in the seventh inning, and three relievers shut down Texas the rest of the way, leading the Titans to a 6-4 victory Saturday night in the first game of the best-of-three College World Series finals.
The Titans (46-22), seeking their first national title since 1995 and their fourth overall, can wrap up the series with a win over the Longhorns (58-14) Sunday.
Fullerton has won 31 of 37 games after opening the year 15-16.
"We had our rock bottom part of the season and then got the ball rolling," Dorn said. "We don't think so much about winning the national championship tomorrow as we do about going out and winning the first pitch and then the pitch after that."
Dorn stepped to the plate after Huston Street struck out Kurt Suzuki and P.J. Pilittere. Justin Turner and Clark Hardman had led off the seventh with singles against J. Brent Cox (6-2).
Dorn lined Street's 2-2 pitch into the gap and the ball bounced off the heel of left fielder Carson Kainer's glove for a two-run double.
Felipe Garcia, who had four hits and three RBI, drove in Dorn for a 6-4 advantage.
Ricky Romero (14-4) gave up all eight Texas hits in 62/3 innings. He walked two and struck out eight.
Vinnie Pestano, Ryan Schreppel and Mike Martinez combined on 21/3 innings of scoreless relief. Martinez earned his second save.
Texas threatened in the last of the ninth after Pestano hit Hunter Harris with a pitch and Michael Hollimon reached on a fielder's choice when shortstop Neil Walton was charged with a throwing error on an attempted force at second.
But Drew Stubbs, facing Martinez, struck out for the fifth time in the game, and Seth Johnston grounded out to end the game.