A simple Google search will show that the Titans made their 17th appearance at College World Series in 2015 in Omaha. What that Google search won’t tell you is that if not for an epic marathon win at the Fullerton Regional, that trip to Omaha might not have happened.
After finishing the regular season at 34-22, the Titans were selected as a Regional host, and the number one seed in their Regional. After easily handling Pepperdine 9-3 in the opener, the Titans were faced with 21st ranked Arizona State, the #2 Regional seed, in the May 30, 2015 evening finale at Goodwin Field. By virtue of a coin toss, the Titans were the designated home team.
It all started innocently enough, with a crowd of 2,997 settling down for the 8:35 p.m. start. Titan ace and Louisville Slugger All-American Thomas Eshelman took to the hill to face the Sun Devils.
ASU scored runs in the first and second innings, while the Titans initially got on the board in the second inning when Timmy Richards knocked in Tanner Pinkston with a single to left field. The Titans tied the score 2-2 in the sixth inning when David Olmedo-Barrera singled to score Taylor Bryant.
This is when the battle became engaged. Eshelman and the Titans refused to yield. As head coach Rick Vanderhook put it, “He (Eshelman) had a couple times out there where he showed emotion after locking guys up.”
Eshelman would pitch a masterful nine innings, scattering seven hits, and striking out 14 Sun…