Cal State Fullerton battled back from a Game 1 super-regional loss to knock off Big West rival Long Beach State in three games on the road. Up next is a second College World Series appearance in three years.
Here's everything you need to know about the Cal State Fullerton Titans.
Team nickname: Titans
School mascot: Tuffy the Titan
Conference affiliation: Big West
Home field: Goodwin Field (capacity 3,500)
Notable baseball alumni: Tim Wallach (1978-79), Mark Kotsay (1994-96), Aaron Rowand (1996-98), Justin Turner (2003-06), Khris Davis (2007-09)
Number of NCAA tournament appearances: 39
College World Series appearances: 1975, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2017
CWS championships: 1979, 1984, 1995, 2004
Season record: 39-22 (15-9 Big West)
Coach: Rick Vanderhook (six seasons)
Coaching record: 235-125
Notable pre-NCAA tournament wins: Stanford (Feb. 16, 18), at Houston (March 4), UCLA (May 9)
How they got here: 3-0 in regionals (beat BYU, Stanford twice); 2-1 in super regionals (beat Long Beach State)
Next up: Oregon State (54-4) in first stage of CWS
How the Titans rank
Final D1baseball.com ranking: No. 20
NCAA tournament national seed: N/A
RPI: No. 43
Team batting average: .270 (160th)
Team ERA: 3.57 (23rd)
Players to watch
Top hitter: Junior first baseman Dillon Persinger has been a pest for opposing pitchers all tournament long, recording at least a run scored in five of six games while going 8-for-21 at the plate. He scored the game-winning run in a 2-1 super regional-clinching victory on Sunday. He only has 11 extra-base hits out of the No. 3 hole, but he's batting .296 with a .417 on base percentage and 18 steals on the year. Persinger always seems to be in the middle of the Titans' rallies, which is important for a team that makes every run count with its strong pitching.
Top reliever: The Titans can rest easy with a ninth-inning lead with Big West first-team closer Brett Conine at their disposal. The sophomore is tied for sixth in the nation with 15 saves and is 3-for-3 so far in this tournament with one run allowed. Two of those postseason saves were two-inning outings. He struck out three in a pair of innings against Long Beach State to help the Titans hold onto their 2-1 win on Sunday to close out the super regionals.