D.C. Olsen singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning and AllAmerican Mark Kotsay made it stand up in relief as top-seeded Fullerton State held off Stanford 6-5 in the first round of the College World Series on Saturday.
The two California teams met for the fourth time this season, with the decision again by two runs or fewer. Fullerton (54-9) took its third decision in those meetings and advanced to Monday’s second round to meet Tennessee, a 3-1 winner Saturday over Clemson.
“Fullerton is the same,” said Stanford coach Mark Marquess. “They do the little things well to win.”
Stanford (39-24) dropped into Monday’s elimination round to face Clemson.
Tennessee 3, Clemson 1
Todd Helton, Baseball America’s college player of the year and one of the nation’s best hitters, threw a fourhitter to lead the Volunteers.
Helton (8-2), drafted No. 8 overall by Colorado in Thursday’s majorleague draft, struck out nine and walked two in his fourth complete game in as many starts.
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