Jan. 10, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton baseball Head Coach Dave Serrano confirmed that Titan sophomores Nick Ramirez (1B/LHP, Anaheim, Calif., Katella HS) and Tyler Pill (RHP/OF, Covina, Calif., Covina HS) have accepted invitations to the USA Baseball trials to be held in early July.
Serrano will serve as Team USA's pitching coach this summer following the completion of the NCAA season, and will have familiar faces in Ramirez and Pill with him when he arrives in Cary, North Carolina at the trials.
Bill Kinneberg (Utah), Nino Giarratano (San Francisco) and Ed Blankmeyer (St. John's) will round out the coaching staff that will guide the Collegiate National Team through the V FISU World University Championships in Japan as well as friendship series against Korea in North Carolina at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, and at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham.
Both Pill and Ramirez are coming off seasons that earned them freshman All-American status in 2009 and come into the 2010 campaign as preseason All-Americans.
Pill (2009: 11-3, 4.06 ERA, 74 K, 13 BB) is likely to be the Titans' Sunday starter on the mound again in 2010, and is the front-runner to be the starting right fielder when he is not pitching.
Also performing double duty in 2010 will be Ramirez (2009: .287, 10 HR, 31 RBI / 3-1, 2.61 ERA, 7 saves, 30 K, 10 BB) who will play first base and then serve as the Titans' closer on the mound.