Luckily for No. 1 seed Stanford (41-14), it was Bubic that had the game of his life while the Cardinal's bats chipped away at Dillon before exploding against the Hornets' bullpen to blow the game wide open.
The NCAA baseball tournament began play Thursday with the Stanford Regional.
Game 1: No. 2 Cal St. Fullerton (34-21) vs. "We didn't do a great job at the plate and we didn't pitch very well at all tonight". Stanford has only been swept out of Regional play twice in program history so if you want to see the favorite go down early, don't bet on it.
"Consistently, with every guy throughout the order, that's as good a game as we can play", Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook said.
Turns out, it was a sign of things to come.
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Dillon has had issues all season with keeping the ball in the yard, having allowed 12 homers in 2017, and that weakness reared its head again on Thursday night. Blake Workman made short work of the 9th inning retiring the Cougars in 1, 2, 3 fashion.
The eight innings pitched was a career-high for Bubic.
Fullerton scored three in the first off Cougars starter Brady Corless. "You've got to take advantage when it looks big".
Brodey got the Stanford hit parade going with a two-out single in the first.
Starting a few years ago, ESPN began covering and broadcasting every regional in the tournament. "One through nine, we've had people picking it up and contributing, and that's what's made us so risky".
John Gavin (2-2, 4.74) will start for the Titans on Friday.
The Cardinal were heavy favorites, and this showed as the offense overwhelmed the Hornets with runs in the game's first four innings. Both games will be carried on ESPN3 broadcasts.