Omaha, Neb. Longtime friends Dave Serrano and George Horton shared an embrace moments after UC Irvine had beaten Cal State Fullerton 5-4 in the longest game in College World Series history Monday.
The two coaches just as easily could have collapsed together in exhaustion after a tense elimination game between Serrano's upstart Anteaters and his mentor's tournament-tested Titans.
"I told him I loved him and thanks for everything," Serrano said. "He said, 'I'm proud of you. Continue to move on and win this thing.'"
Bryan Petersen's run-scoring single to center field in the bottom of the 13th inning ended the 5-hour, 40-minute affair and sent the Titans home after two games for the first time in nine CWS appearances since 1990.
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Mike Stutes and three relievers combined to hold one of the nation's top hitting and scoring teams to seven hits, and Oregon State revved up its own offense.