The NCAA’s Road to Omaha and the College World Series included two former area prep baseball stars this past weekend.
The Fullerton Regional not only featured a battle between local rivals Cal State Fullerton and UCLA, but also former local players Gary Brown of Diamond Bar and Rob Rasmussen of Pasadena Poly.
Fullerton, and Brown, had the last laugh, scoring a 5-4 victory Monday night to advance to this weekend’s NCAA Super Regionals.
Brown, who went 1 for 3 Monday, including 0 for 1 in a head-to-head battle against Rasmussen, hit .353 during the regional and scored five runs with five stolen bases. Rasmussen, who had been hampered my injuries for much of the season, got the start in the pivotal game Monday night. He got the loss to finish 0-2 on the season after giving up six hits and three runs in the three innings.
The Bruins had their season end at the hand of the Titans for the second consecutive season. Fullerton swept a two-game series in the Super Regionals last season.
Fullerton, which has won four national titles, advances to host Stanford in the Super Regionals, beginning Friday.