January 24, 2013

Titans Earn More Preseason Praise

FULLERTON, Calif. – The official start of practice for the 2013 season is less than 24 hours away, and on Thursday the Titans were ranked at No. 22 in both the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 poll as well as the USA Today Coaches poll, respectively.

Fullerton, the reigning Big West Conference champion, was the only team from the league to rank in either poll. Baseball America selected North Carolina as the No. 1 team in its preseason poll, while Arkansas received top billing in the USA Today poll.

Using the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 rankings, the Titans will open the season with four ranked opponents on the schedule including No. 12 UCLA (April 2 & May 14), No. 14 Texas Christian (Feb. 22-24), No. 15 Oregon (March 1-3) and No. 25 San Diego (March 5).

The Titans received two previous preseason rankings, rating at No. 23 in polls from Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball, respectively.

The Titans return a very experienced squad from the 2012 season, including All-American Michael Lorenzen and Big West Freshman of the Year, Matt Chapman. In addition, all-conference first team 2012 selections Richy Pedroza and Carlos Lopez are expected to return to the Titan lineup along with second team pick Anthony Hutting.

On the mound, right-hander Grahamm Wiest (5-5, 3.12) returns as well as Big West second team pick Willie Kuhl

In addition, Titan fans will get the opportunity to watch Cal State Fullerton's freshman class, which was ranked the No. 23 recruiting class in the nation, according to Baseball America's annual evaluation.

Highlights of the schedule include Goodwin Field hosting series against 2012 postseason participants, Oregon and Texas A&M (Mar. 8-10). Nebraska will also travel to Fullerton twice, for a doubleheader on Feb. 16 and back-to-back contests on March 19-20.

The four-time national champions open the season on Friday, Feb. 15 at Goodwin Field with USC.

Season ticket packages and single-game tickets are currently on sale for the 2013 campaign.