Former Titan standout Kirk Saarloos becomes the full-timepitching coach under Rick Vanderhook in 2012. He was anundergraduate assistant for Dave Serrano in 2011.
Saarloos, 31, returns to the school that propelled him to aseven-year major league career with Houston (2002-03), Oakland(2004-06, 08) and Cincinnati (2007).
The right-hander was the most used pitcher in the history of theTitan baseball program, racking up a school record 127 appearancesfrom 1998-2001. He was strictly a reliever for his first threeseason, compiling a 18-10 record with 18 saves out of the pen, butthen earned first-team All-American status and was named the BigWest Conference Pitcher of the Year after going 15-2 with 4 savesas a senior starter.
Also that year, Saarloos became the third Titan hurler to toss ano-hitter when he blanked Pacific in a 28-0 rout on Apr. 8,2001.
Over four collegiate seasons, Saarloos compiled a 33-12 recordwith a 2.96 ERA, and ranks 6th all-time at Cal State Fullerton incareer innings pitched, 2nd in wins, 5th in saves and 3rd instrikeouts.
Saarloos made two trips to the College World Series (1999 and2001) with the Titans where he logged a save and gave up just 2runs over 15.1 innings in four appearances.
After being selected as the 83rd pick overall (3rd round) by theHouston Astros in the 2001 Major League Baseball draft, the rightywent on to become the 2002 minor league pitcher of the year and wascalled up to the big club on June 18, 2002.
Saarloos was 29-30 with a 5.02 ERA in his major league career,with his best season coming in 2005 with Oakland (10-9, 4.17 ERA,159.2 IP).
In 2003 he again made no-no news, but this time, not by himself.On June 11 he was one of a major league record six Houston Astrospitchers to combine for a no-hitter against the mighty New YorkYankees.
After his final season with the A's, Cleveland signed Saarloosas a free agent in 2009, but he never appeared in a big league gamewith the Indians and was again granted free agency in November of2009.
Saarloos is a product of Valley Christian High School inCerritos, Calif.
He earned his bachelor's degreee in public relations from CalState Fullerton in the Spring of 2011.
Saarloos and his wife, Kristen, have a four-year-old son, Brady,and a two-year-old daughter, Emery.