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Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State win NCAA openers

Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State win NCAA baseball openers
UC Irvine, Pepperdine also win in NCAA regional games

J.D. Davis hit a two-out eighth-inning grand slam, lifting Cal State Fullerton to a 5-1 victory over Nebraska in the first game of the Stillwater, Okla., regional Friday.

Fullerton (33-22) won its eighth consecutive game and advanced to Saturday's winners' bracket matchup against the winner of Friday night's Oklahoma State-Binghamton contest.

Nebraska (40-20) will play in the consolation bracket Saturday.

Davis, who had already ended Cornhuskers starter Chance Sinclair's no-hitter in the seventh, was the first batter to face Nebraska reliever Josh Roeder. He promptly sent a 2-1 pitch about 30 feet over the left field wall to clear the bases.

Long Beach State 6, North Carolina 1: Eric Hutting and Carlton Vaughn had two-run hits in the fourth inning to lead Long Beach State over the Tar Heels in the Gainesville, Fla., regional.

After being retired in order in their first three at-bats, the Dirtbags (33-24), batted around in the fourth against Tar Heels starter Trent Thornton (7-4) to score all of their runs. They scored on all of their five hits.

Long Beach sophomore Andrew Rorhbach (7-2) didn't allow a run until the ninth. He gave up seven hits and did not walk a batter in 8 1/3 innings. Long Beach plays the Florida-College of Charleston winner; North Carolina (34-26) plays the loser.

Pepperdine 3, Arizona State 2: Austin Davidson had a two-run double, Corey Miller pitched into the seventh inning, and the Waves (40-16) held off the Sun Devils at San Luis Obispo.

Miller gave up two runs and three hits in 7 1/3 innings. Eric Karch got his 14th save.

Lilek got only two outs for Arizona State (33-23) before leaving the game because of a sternum injury.

UC Irvine 10, Nevada Las Vegas 3: Connor Spencer hit a two-run double in a five-run fifth inning and the Anteaters cruised in the opener at Corvallis, Ore.

Spencer went two for five with three RBIs for the Anteaters (36-22). Andrew Morales (10-2) gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings, striking out four. Relief pitchers Mitch Merten and Matt Fielding did not yield a hit in the final two innings.

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