Cal State Fullerton defeated New Orleans, 14-3, Saturday in the second round of the Busch Challenge baseball tournament at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Fullerton (22-9) took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the second inning. Mike Ross doubled to lead off the inning, Keith Kaub walked and Ralph Ramirez singled to load the bases. Jim Osborn followed with a two-run single. The Titans loaded the bases again on Mark Razook’s infield single, and one out later, Greg Mannion singled in two more runs.
The Titans added six runs in the fifth. Ross had a solo home run, his 10th of the season, and Jason Rolish had a three-run home run in the fifth. Kaub added a three-run home run (his 10th) in the sixth inning.
Osborn was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs; Ross was 3 for 6 with 3 runs scored and an RBI; Kaub went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs, and Ramirez went 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored for Fullerton.
Mark Beck (6-4) struck out four and gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks for the victory.
Fullerton, ranked No. 15 in the nation by Baseball America, has won 17 of its last 20 games. It defeated Louisiana State, 7-2, in the first round Friday night.
In the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn.:
San Jose State 9, UC Irvine 2--In the PCAA opener for both schools, Dan Archibald (7-4) struck out a career-high 14, gave up four hits and walked none to help host San Jose State (19-15, 1-0) defeat UC Irvine (19-14-1, 0-1). Craig Brink (6-3) took the loss for Irvine. Eric Nelson went 3 for 5 with three doubles, two runs scored and one RBI for San Jose. In the California Collegiate Athletic Assn.:
Chapman 4, Cal State Los Angeles 2--Sophomore left-hander David Bird pitched a six-hitter and Mike Grahovac and Ed Pimentel hit home runs to lead Chapman over visiting Cal State Los Angeles at Hart Park.
Bird (6-2) struck out six and walked one for his fifth consecutive victory.
Chapman (17-12-1 overall, 6-2 in conference play) scored three runs in the second on four hits, including Pimentel’s solo homer, and another run on Grahovac’s third homer of the season in the third. Grahovac and Jeff Kidwiler each had two hits for Chapman.
The Panthers beat the Golden Eagles (11-20, 3-5) for the second straight day and picked up their 10th victory in the last 12 games.
Cal State Los Angeles starter Bryan Hatch (1-3) allowed seven hits and four runs in four innings, and left-hander Rod Windes gave up just one single and struck out five in four innings of relief.
In the Golden State Athletic Conference:
Cal Baptist 10-11, Southern California College 1-4--Bob Wahtley struck out seven and gave up two hits to lead host Cal Baptist in the first game.
In the second game, Steve Hornbecker went 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored and Jim Newcomer went 4 for 5 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored for Cal Baptist. Tim Inbriani struck out seven and walked two for the second-game victory in the second game.
Joe Holden went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs for Southern California College (10-16-1, 6-4) in the second game and had SCC’s only RBI in the first game.