UC Irvine bests in-state rival in 13-inning game



By The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. – Bryan Petersen ended the longest game in College World Series history with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 13th inning, giving UC Irvine a 5-4 victory over Cal State Fullerton in an elimination game Monday.

The 5 hour, 40 minute game beat the old CWS mark – set in 1981 by Oklahoma State and Arizona State – by 40 minutes.

Petersen’s winning hit came after Fullerton left fielder Josh Fellhauer had gunned down Taylor Holiday at home plate.

The Anteaters (46-16-1), making their first CWS appearance, move to a Tuesday game against the loser of Monday night’s Arizona State-Oregon State game.

Fullerton (38-25) went two games and out at the CWS for the first time in nine appearances since 1990. The Titans are 0-6 all-time in extra innings in Omaha.

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The 97th meeting of the neighborhood rivals came more than 1,500 miles away from their Orange County campuses, on the game’s biggest stage.

Despite committing a season-high six errors, UC Irvine came back three times to tie the Titans before overtaking them in a tense 13th inning that had Fullerton coach George Horton ejected for arguing a hit batsman call.