Titans Begin Quest for Fifth National Championship Against Baylor at Stanford Regional

Titans Begin Quest for Fifth National Championship Against Baylor at Stanford Regional

FULLERTON, Calif.- Cal State Fullerton heads to the Stanford Regional, marking its 27th consecutive trip to the postseason. The Titans are the No. 3 seed in the regional and will take on two-seeded Baylor to open up regional play, Friday at 2 pm PT out at Sunken Diamond. All games can be seen on seen on ESPN 3 and the WatchESPN application.

Game Notes: No.1 Stanford | No. 2 Baylor | No. 3 Cal State Fullerton | No. 4 Wright State

Stanford Regional Central

STANFORD REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Date......................... Opponent (Venue) Pacific Time.............................. How to Follow the Titans
Friday, June 1 (Game 1)..... No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 3 Cal State Fullerton (Sunken Diamond)........................ 2 pm PT (ESPN3)
Friday, June 1 (Game 2)..... No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 4 Wright State (Sunken Diamond) .......................... 7 pm PT (ESPN 2)
Saturday, June 2 (Game 3).. Loser G1 vs. Loser G2 (Sunken Diamond) ........................................... 3 pm PT (ESPN 3)
Saturday, June 2 (Game4).... Winner G1 vs. Winner G2 (Sunken Diamond) ....................................... 8 pm PT (ESPN 3)
Sunday, June 3 (Game 5).... Loser G4 vs. Winner G3 (Sunken Diamond) ......................................... 1 pm PT (ESPN 3)
Sunday, June 3 (Game 6).... Winner G4 vs. Winner G5 (Sunken Diamond) ....................................... 6 pm PT (ESPN 3)
Monady, June 4 (Game 7)  If Necessary Game 6 Rematch (Sunken Diamond)       7 pm PT (ESPN 3)

CSF vs. BAYLOR • ALL-TIME SERIES
First Year Played/Last Year Played                             2000/2015
Overall Record                                                         8-4
Current Streak                                                          Won 3
NCAA College World Series Record                          0-0
Overall NCAA Postseason Record                              0-0
Home Record                                                           5-1
Road Record                                                            3-3
Neutral Record                                                         0-0
Longest Winning Streak            3 (3/27/15 to 2/28/15)
Most Runs Scored                                     16 runs (2/12/00)
Most Runs Scored by Opponent 9 runs (2/13/00)
Largest Margin of Victory                         12 runs (2/12/00)
Largest Margin of Defeat                           8 runs (2/13/09)

CSF vs. STANFORD • ALL-TIME SERIES
First Year Played/Last Year Played                             1979/2018
Overall Record                                                         48-62
Current Streak                                                          Lost 3
NCAA Regional Record                                            3-2
NCAA Super Regional Record                   0-2
NCAA College World Series Record                          3-7
Overall NCAA Postseason Record                              6-11
Home Record                                                           31-23
Road Record                                                            14-32
Neutral Record                                                         3-7
Longest Winning Streak            4, 2x (last on 2/27/09 to 6/5/10))
Longest Losing Streak               8 (2/12/89 to 2/8/92)
Most Runs Scored                                     13 runs (1/31/85)
Most Runs Scored by Opponent 17 runs (2/2/02)
Largest Margin of Victory                         10 runs (1/28/94)
Largest Margin of Defeat                           16 runs (2/2/02)

CSF vs. WRIGHT STATE • ALL-TIME SERIES
First Year Played/Last Year Played                             N/A
Overall Record                                                         0-0
Current Streak                                                          N/A
NCAA College World Series Record                          0-0
Overall NCAA Postseason Record                              0-0
Home Record                                                           0-0
Road Record                                                            0-0
Neutral Record                                                         0-0
Longest Winning Streak                                            N/A
Longest Winning Streak                                            N/A
Extra Innings                                                            0-0
Most Runs Scored                                                     N/A
Most Runs Scored by Opponent                 N/A
Largest Margin of Victory                                         N/A
Largest Margin of Victory                                         N/A

CATCH ALL THE ACTION
Fans can follow the action through the audio stream by listening to Mike Martinez, watching live on ESPNU on Thursday and Fox Sports West on Saturday or follow along with live stats. Links to all three are available on FullertonTitans.com.

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TITANS IN THE POSTSEASON

• Fullerton has made 39 NCAA appearances in its 44 years at the Div. I level with the exceptions coming in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1991. Fullerton's 27th CONSECUTIVE postseason appearance keeps them in 2nd place in the nation behind and Florida State (41) for the longest active consecutive streak.

• The Titans' all-time NCAA Record is 157-86 (.647) including a 121-54 mark in Regional games, an 20-12 record in the Super Regionals and a 34-31 record at the College World Series.

• The Titans have NEVER gone winless in Regional play. They have gone 0-2 twice in Super Regional action (2008 and 2013) and seven times in Omaha (1975, 1982, 1990, 2007, 2009, 2015 and 2017).

• Overall it has won 22 Regional titles – including a national best 12 on the road (two each in Fresno and Baton Rouge and one each at USC, Austin, Starkville, Stillwater, South Bend, Tempe, San Diego and Stanford).

• The Titans NEVER hosted a regional before 2000 but have since hosted 12 at Goodwin Field (10-2). They lost the first (USC, 2000) and won eight in a row from 2003-2010 before being eliminated by Illinois in 2011.

• In the 20-year Super Regional era (4-team Regional format), The Titans have had to travel to a Regional eight times – five of those coming in the last seven years.

• The Titans and Cardinal have long storied postseason histories, with Fullerton making 18 trips (t-7th) to the College World Series, and Stanford two behind at 16 (10th). Fullerton has won 123 Regional/Super Regional games, which is fourth most ever. Stanford has eight 101, which is eighth best. Stanford's Regional/Super Regional win percentage is sixth best all-time (.692), while Fullerton's is seventh (.691). The Titans have played in178 Regional/Super Regional games, which is fourth most all time. Stanford has played in 146, which is 10th most.

Consecutive trips to the NCAA Postseason
1.  Florida State                      41
2.  Cal State Fullerton             27

TITAN HEAD COACHES IN THE POSTSEASON
Regionals (App) Super Regional (App) CWS (App)
Augie Garrido 40-22 (16) - 20-10 (8)
Larry Cochell 8-0 (2) - 2-4 (2)
George Horton 30-11 (11) 13-4 (7) 12-11 (6)
Dave Serrano 12-4 (4) 3-4 (3) 0-2 (1)
Rick Vanderhook 13-6 (6) 4-4 (3) 0-4 (2)

LET'S DO IT AGAIN
The Titans will be looking to win their second straight road regional at Stanford, after claiming the Stanford Regional championship a year ago, defeating BYU (12-3) and host Stanford in back-to-back games (4-1, 4-2). Before last year's regional title, Fullerton dropped its last three regionals on the road, going 1-2 at the Eugene Regional in 2012, 2-2 at the Stillwater Regional in 2014 and going 1-2 at the Starkville Regional in 2016.

FAMILIAR TERRITORY
The Titans have gone to Stanford for Regional play three times (1997, 2002 and 2017). The Titans did not face the Cardinal in the 1997 Regional, but lost to them in 2002 in 13 innings, 3-2. Fullerton got its revenge last season, defeating Stanford in consecutive contests to win the Stanford Regional after taking down BYU in the opening game. The Titans opened up with a three-game set at "The Farm" to begin the 2018 season, but lost all three games.

BIG WEST ACCOLADES
Head coach Rick Vanderhook was named Big West Coach of the Year, while Colton Eastman was named the conference's Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday. Blake Workman, Hank LoForte and Eastman were placed on the league's first team. Jacob Pavletich, Tommy Wilson and Ruben Cardenas were placed on the second team, while Mitchell Berryhll and Daniel Cope earned honorable mention nods.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!
After starting the regular season just 1-7, Fullerton has now claimed 30 conference championships in program history and has qualified for postseason for the 40th time overall, while it will participate in 27 consecutive NCAA Tournaments after clinching the Big West Conference title with an 11-4 win over CSUN on May 20. For Titan manager Rick Vanderhook, he's now led Fullerton to the conference crown in five of his seven seasons as head coach. Overall the Titans have captured 13 of the 10 Big West Conference titles in the 2000s.

To say the Titans have been dominant in league play this season is an understatement, as Fullerton has captured series victories in each of its last eight league series to end the year. The only series it didn't win, was a 2-1 series loss to UC Santa Barbara to begin the conference slate.

THE BIG WEST IS OURS
They say it's all about getting hot at the right time and the Titans are certainly living up to that statement. Over the Titans' last 21 Big West contests to end the regular season they finished 17-4, including three series sweeps. Here's a look at some the numbers Fullerton has put up during that span. The Titans clinched the Big West with still a week left to play in the regular season.

Category               Season                        Last 21 Big West Games
Batting avg.              .271                             .303
Slugging %                .352                             .398
On-base %                 .346                             .363
ERA                           3.50                             2.85
Opponent BA            .257                             .245

HAMMERING HANK
Hank LoForte has been off the charts as of late. He currently boasts a team-best 39-game on-base streak while collecting at least one hit in 27 of his last 28 games in addition his current 16-game hit streak. The Elk Grove, California native is batting .395 (66-for-167) with 31 RBI, four doubles, six triples, a home run a .509 slugging percentage and a .434 on base percentage over his last 39 games.

NOW THAT'S QUALITY
Not counting each of their abbreviated starts last weekend at Long Beach State (shortened due to pitch counts) Fullerton's starting pitching staff of Colton Eastman, Tommy Wilson and Andrew Quezada has combined to make eight quality starts over is last nine appearances. The Titans have gone 7-2 during that span.

BERRY, BERRY GOOD
Mitchell Berryhill ranks third in the nation and second in the Big West in sacrifice bunts (20). He ranks fourth nationally and second in the conference sacrifice bunts per game (.38).

QUEZADA COMES THROUGH
Quezada came through when the Titans needed him most, as he tossed his first career complete game shutout, going 9.0 innings, while scattering 11 hits, surrendering zero runs and fanning a career-high equaling nine batters en route to the series clinching 8-0 victory over Hawai'i on April 22nd.

The Bellflower, California native got the help of some superb defense, as the infield turned five double plays in the game and didn't commit an error. Quezada has now tossed five quality starts on the year, while four of them have come in his last five starts. The performance earned him Big West Pitcher of the Week honors on April 23rd. He tossed his second complete game shutout on May 6th at UC Davis.

EASTMAN TOSSES HISTORIC NO-HITTER
Colton Eastman recorded the fifth no-hitter in program history on March 28, 2018 at UC Santa Barbara (W, 3-0). He pitched easily his best game of his collegiate baseball career, tossing 9.0 shutout innings, without allowing a run or hit, while striking out seven and just walking one. The no-hitter marked Fullerton's first since Justin Garza also recorded one in a 3-0 win over CSUN on May 24, 2014. The no-no was just the Titans' first no-hitter on the road, as the previous four came at home.

Fullerton's no-no was the 17th in DI baseball so far this year, which already breaks the all-time record for no-hitters in a single season set in 2013. Eastman also wears No. 17. He was named Perfect Game's National Player of the Week, NCBWA's National Player of the Week and the Big West Pitcher of the Week on April 2 thanks to the historic performance.

Eastman has taken a no-hitter into the sixth inning three times this season.

All-Time Titan No-Hitters
Longo Garcia – 1987
Ted Silva – 1995
Kirk Saarloos – 2001
Justin Garza – 2014
Colton Eastman – 2018

STOP…HE NEARLY DID IT AGAIN
Just one week after tossing the fifth no-hitter in the Titan baseball history, Colton Eastman nearly did it again on April 6 vs. Cal Poly. Eastman tossed 5.2 innings of no-hit baseball to begin the game. Before Cal Poly's Kyle Marinconz finally got a hit in the sixth, Eastman had faced 55 consecutive batters without surrendering a hit. In all Eastman tossed 8.0 innings while recording the win, allowing just three hits, one run, but zero earned and fanned eight in what was another unbelievable performance.

CONINE CLOSING THE DOOR
Conine currently boasts a 3-1 record to go along with a 4.29 ERA, while racking up 10 saves in 29 appearances. He's also fanned 37 batters thus far. His 10 saves rank 40th most nationally and third most in the Big West, while his 28 appearances are 48th most in the country and is tops in the league. He was named to the NCBWA's Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch list. Conine is one of just 12 players on the list of 41 that what appeared on the initial list back in February.

THAT'S MORE LIKE IT
After a rough start to 2018, the Titans are starting to look more like…well, the Titans. Fullerton has captured victories in 29 of its last 42 games, including claiming a win over No. 1 Oregon State and series sweeps over Grand Canyon, Arizona State, Cal Poly, UC Irvine and UC Davis.

TRENDING UP
After a tough 1-7 record in February, the Titans continue to get better as the calendar continues to turn. The Titans went 9-8 in March, went 12-5 in April and 10-2 in May.

SAYING GOODBYE TO A LEGEND
Augie Garrido, one of college baseball's legendary coaches who claimed five National Championships, with three coming at Cal State Fullerton, passed away early Thursday morning at the age of 79. Garrido's storied 48-year baseball coaching career spanned six decades, while his remarkable 1,975 victories goes down as the most managerial wins in the history of the game (1,975-952-9.) He will be remembered as one of the most successful coaches in not only baseball, but college sports history.

Garrido retired from the game of baseball in June 2016 after completing his unprecedented coaching career as the head coach at the University of Texas. He was the first coach to claim National Championships with multiple college baseball programs, leading the Titans to three of the program's four overall titles (1979, 1984, 1995) and claiming two with the University of Texas (2002, 2005).

Andy Lopez is the only other coach to claim multiple College World Series Championships, winning the title with Pepperdine in 1992 and again with Arizona in 2012. Garrido was also one of only three coaches in NCAA history to guide five or more teams to NCAA championships in college baseball history. He's tied for second, trailing only USC's Rod Dedeaux (10).

During his two stints with the Titans (1973-87 and 1991-96), Garrido's teams compiled an impressive mark of 875-341-5 for a winning percentage of .719, which is still the best in school history. In addition to his three titles with the Titans, he helped guide Fullerton to seven College World Series appearances and 16 conference championships, including 11 straight from 1974-84. He was named the National Coach of the Year six different times during his career (1975, 1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005), with four of those instances coming with the Titans.

PLAYING INSPIRED
We all know the impact legendry head coach Augie Garrido had on the game of college baseball, but the two programs most affected by his greatness, Texas and Cal State Fullerton, seem to be playing inspired baseball in his honor. Since he passed, the two programs he won national championships with (three with the Titans and two with the Longhorns) have combined to go 56-25. Texas has gone 28-12 since starting the season 9-9, while Fullerton has gone 28-13 since beginning 4-10. Both programs clinched their respective conference championships

GOOD OLE GOODWIN
The Titans have regained that home field advantage, as they've gone 10-3 over their last 13 home games. Overall the Titans are 608-89 at home all-time. They won their 600th home game on April 7th vs. Cal Poly.

JUST SAYIN'
After opening weekend's series sweep at Stanford, the Titans have been swept (lost three in a row) at Stanford to begin a season four times in school history and in the previous three instances, some pretty good things ended up happening. They were swept in 2000, 2004, 2006 and here in 2018. In 2000, Fullerton made the postseason and won the Big West crown. In 2004, the Titans won their fourth National Championship and in 2006, Fullerton claimed a spot in the College World Series.

ANYTHING FOR THE SQUAD
The Titans currently rank third in the country in sacrifice bunts. That mark is second best in the Big West (59).

A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?
Fullerton's win March 9th at No. 2 Oregon State was its first victory over either a No. 1 or No. 2 team in the nation since defeating No. 1 Florida 8-5 on Feb. 19, 2012. The Titans were 0-3 against top-two teams since then. Fullerton also improved to 3-2 all-time vs. the Beavers and earned a little bit of revenge after last year's College World Series contest. The win also snapped what was at the time longest current home win streak in the nation. Oregon State was previously undefeated at home and had only lost one game at home all of last season.

PITCHERS RULE
On March 4 at Tulane, pitchers Andrew Quezada and Brett Conine earned their first collegiate at bats. Conine even recorded his first collegiate hit, going 1-for-4 with a single. He played eight innings in right field and one inning at first base. Quezada was a late substitution at second base, while Tommy Wilson was a late substitution in right field. Colton Eastman even entered the game to pinch run.

COPE IS DOPE
Daniel Cope was named Big West Field Player of the Week back on March 12th for the first time in his career after he batted .400 in three games against No. 2 Oregon State, including blasting a home run scoring two runs and recording an RBI, all while helping to hand the previously undefeated Beavers their first defeat of the season. It snapped what was the longest home win streak in college baseball.

The catcher blasted a home run and a double to help hand the Beavers a 5-3 defeat in the opening game of the series.  Cope opened the scoring in the second inning with a solo shot to left field to put the Titans up 1-0. The jack was his third homer over the last four games. The homer was also the first one hit off of OSU's Luke Heimlich since May 14th, 2016. The Oregon State All-American had gone 21 starts without surrendering a home run.

Cope collected two hits and scored a run in the second game of the series, while walking a career-high three times in the series finale on Sunday.

FINDING THE RIGHT FORMULA
In Fullerton's 52 games this year, the Titans have run out 29 different lineups in the field and the batting order has been different in 41 in of 52 contests.

YOUNG GUNS
Yes the Titans may have 15 returners back from last year's College World Series squad, but only two of those guys are seniors in Joe Wills and Chris Prescott. Neither of them are four-year seniors as they both transferred from community colleges. The squad consists of 13 freshmen and six sophomores.

GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD
The Titans are a convincing 22-5 this season when scoring first, while they're just 10-18 when the opponent scores first. Fullerton is 23-1 when leading after six innings, 26-1 when leading after seven innings and 26-1 when leading after eight innings.

WIN AT ALL COSTS
The Titans needed 15 innings to clinch their first victory of the season on Friday, Feb. 23 vs. the Houston Cougars. The 2-1 walk-off win was the Titans' first walk-off win since earning a 3-2 14-inning victory over UC Irvine last year (April 29, 2017). The 15-inning affair was the longest game the Titans have played in innings wise since playing a 16-inning contest vs. Fresno State on April 23, 2014. The contest was the longest time wise, since the Titans took down Arizona State 3-2 (14) in five hours and 12 minutes during the Fullerton Regional on May 30, 2015. The Titans earned the win without recording an RBI in the game.

BEING TESTED
Ten of the Titans' first 21 games came against ranked opponents, while six of those contests coming on the road.

Team                           Rank When Played     Current Rank
Stanford (3)                               13                                5
Houston (3)                                 24                                21
UCLA (2)                                   11/9                             19
Oregon State (3)         2                                  1

TOMMY TERRIFIC
Newcomer Tommy Wilson has been nothing short of spectacular so far this season. He's surrendered 24 earned runs in seven appearances out of the pen this season and 11 starts. He's pitched 76.2 innings total, while fanning 72 batters. He came on in relief on Feb. 23 in extra innings vs. Houston. He pitched tossed 5.0 scoreless innings in the extra session, while surrendering just one hit and striking out nine. The Cougars had a runner at third base with less than two outs on two separate occasions while Wilson was on the mound. He wiggled out of trouble both times. Fullerton eventually won 2-1 in extra innings. He also recorded his first collegiate start on Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. GCU, fanning eight Lopes in 7.0 innings pitched, while surrendering just one earned run.

HE'S BAAAAAAACKKK
After missing most of the 2017 campaign with a back injury, Ruben Cardenas is back in a big way. He's currently batting .295 and has boasted two separate hitting streaks of at least seven games. He currently leads the team in total bases (94) and stolen bases (12).

FOR FULLERTON....FANTASTIC PITCHING IS NOTHING NEW
The Titans 3.52 ERA is ranked 28th nationally and is tops in the Big West. It's 1.29 WHIP is ranked 35th nationally and leads the Big West, while it's 2.69 walks per nine innings is fifth lowest in the country and is best in the league. The Titans' 3.04 strikeout-to-walk ratio is also seventh nationally and tops in the Big West.

2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
For the Titans, it'll be a good mix of returners and newcomers that should make up a team worthy of its top-10 preseason ranking. Fullerton welcomes back 16 letterwinners from a year ago, including two all-conference performers from 2017 in junior closer Brett Conine and sophomore infielder Sahid Valenzuela. The Titans will also be under the leadership of four-time Big West Coach of the Year Rick Vanderhook, who enters his seventh season as head coach. The returners will be joined by a recruiting class that is ranked 27th in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball. The Titans enter the 2018 season ranked in every national preseason poll, with the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association awarding Cal State Fullerton with the highest ranking of 10th.

RECAPPING 2017

• Cal State Fullerton finished the 2017 season with a record of 39-24 (.619), securing the 43rd consecutive winning season in program history. It was also the 43rd straight year the Titans won at least 30 games in a season. The postseason appearance was also Fullerton's 26th straight, which is the second longest streak in the nation, behind only Florida State (40).

• The Titans made their 18th trip to the College World Series and second in the last three years. The 18 appearances in Omaha ranks the Titans tied for 7th with LSU all-time behind Texas (35), Miami (25), Arizona State and Florida State (22), USC (21) and Oklahoma State (20).

HOW THE (BIG) WEST WAS WON
The Titans have now claimed the Big West title seven out of the last nine seasons after doing it again in 2018. Cal State Fullerton was been picked as the team to beat in the Big West Conference, according to the nine league coaches that voted on the Big West baseball preseason poll. Fullerton received a total of 73 points and six of nine first place votes in the poll, while Long Beach State tallied 65 points and two first place votes to finish second.

2018 Coaches Poll Results
1. Cal State Fullerton - 73 (6)
2. Long Beach State - 65 (2)
3. Cal Poly - 64
4. UC Santa Barbara - 49
5. CSUN - 48
6. UC Irvine- 43 (1)
7. Hawai'i - 27
8. UC Riverside - 26
9. UC Davis – 10
( ) First-place vote

BEST IN THE WEST
Overall, Cal State Fullerton has posted a dominant 776-275-1 (.738) conference record over 44 seasons. Rick Vanderhook, the school's fifth Div. I head coach, has compiled a 121-43 Big West Conference record in his seven seasons and has led Fullerton to the conference crown in five of his seven seasons at the helm. The five conference titles for Vanderhook is the second most in school history, only behind Augie Garrido (14). Overall, the Titans have won 30 conference titles.

A further breakdown has the Titans winning three PCAA conference championships (1975-76, 1987), eight straight SCBA titles (1977-84), and 19 while playing under the Big West name (1990-91, 94-95, 1997, 1999-2001, 2004-06, 2008, 2010-13, 2015-16, 2017-18). The Big West absorbed the PCAA records in 1990 upon its formation, giving the Titans 21 total Big West championships and a 600-229-1 (.722; 36 years) PCAA/Big West Conference record

TITAN PRIDE NEVER GRADUATES
Cal State Fullerton held its annual Alumni Game back on Jan. 27th and it was the Titans coming up with a 6-3 victory over the Alumni. The win Fullerton's ninth win in 10 tries over the Alumni squad.

THERE'S A STANDARD HERE
Fullerton has won 30-plus games in each of its 44 seasons at the Div. I level and is tied for second in the nation when it comes to most consecutive 30-win campaigns. The only Titan team to win as few as 30 games was the 1989 squad skippered by Larry Cochell. Clemson has already done it, while Fullerton notched its 30th win Tuesday vs. USC. Miami is still three wins away.

Consecutive 30+ win seasons (active)
1.  Miami, Fla.            47
2.  Cal State Fullerton                44
3.  Clemson                                 44

TITANS IN THE BIG LEAGUES
The Titans have had 65 former players ascend to the major leagues since their first products, Dan Whitmer and Tim Wallach, got there in 1980.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
In 2018, the Titans will face six teams that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Tournament in Stanford, Houston, UCLA, Oregon State, Long Beach State and San Diego State. Oregon State advanced all the way to Omaha last year, while Fullerton knocked out LBSU in Super Regional play Stanford in Regional play.

CONINE CLOSES
In 2017, Conine established himself as one of the best Titan closers of all-time. He picked up 15 saves on the season, which was sixth best nationally, best in the Big West and was the fourth-most saves any Titan has ever picked up in a single season.

Overall, the Orange, California native compiled a 1.39 ERA in 45.1 innings pitched while collecting 43 strikeouts while only walking six in 2017. Conine earned All Big-West First Team honors, Collegiate Baseball All-American Second Third Team honors and was a finalist for the Gregg Olson award, which goes to the nation's best closer a year ago. He also picked up a six-out save in game three of the Long Beach Super Regional to send the Titans to the CWS.

Conine was named to NCBWA's Preseason All-American Second Team, Collegiate Baseball's Preseason All-American Second Team, Perfect Game's Preseason All-American Third Team and D1 Baseball's Preseason All-American Second Team and was placed on NCBWA's Initial Stopper of the Year Watch List.

GOLDEN BOY
Junior right-handed hurler Colton Eastman has earned a spot on USA Baseball's 55-player preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list for the second straight season. The Golden Spikes Award is given out to the top amateur baseball player in the country for the 2018 season. Eastman is one of just five athletes on the list to be featured now in back-to-back seasons with preseason recognition and the lone member from the Big West Conference.

He put together one of the most heroic seasons in college baseball in 2017. After being injured most of the season, Eastman came back just in the nick of time. The Fresno, California native compiled a perfect 2-0 mark to go along with a 2.14 ERA and 37 strikeouts in only eight appearances.

He saved his best performance for the biggest game of the season, as he tossed seven innings, struck out eight, surrendered just one hit and zero earned runs en route to a 2-1 victory over Long Beach State to send the Titans to Omaha. Conine picked up the six-out save in that game.

In addition to the Golden Spikes Award recognition, Eastman has been placed on Collegiate Baseball's Preseason All-American Second Team, D1Baseball's Preseason All-American Third Team, and has been named to Baseball America's Top-100 Prospects list.

He's now been named to USA Baseball's 40-player midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list.

LOOKS LIKE A PRO
It may be just Andrew Quezada's first year at Cal State Fullerton, but he's already getting the love from the pros. The Bellflower, California was nearly unhittable at Cypress College, as he compiled a microscopic 1.17 ERA and led his team to a state semifinal berth. He also recorded the first no-hitter in program history. D1Baseball has placed Quezada on its Top-100 MLB Prospects List.

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