Titan Baseball to Open 2007 Campaign Friday Night

Jan. 31, 2007

Fullerton, Calif. - CAL STATE FULLERTON: 0-0, 0-0
Baseball America - 15
Collegiate Baseball - 12
USA Today Coaches - 9
NCBWA - 9
Rivals.com - 12

STANFORD: 0-0, 0-0 Baseball America - 31
Collegiate Baseball - 23
USA Today Coaches - 25
NCBWA - 24
Rivals.com - received votes

THIS WEEK
Fri., Feb. 2, vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. at Goodwin Field (GT, WEB)
Sat., Feb. 3, vs. Stanford, 6 p.m. at Goodwin Field(GT, WEB)
Sun., Feb. 4, vs. Stanford, Noon at Goodwin Field (GT, WEB)

GT - Follow the game via GameTracker; WEB - Game, broadcast on the internet

NEXT WEEK
Fri., Feb. 9, at UNLV, 6:30 p.m. at Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas (GT, WEB)
Sat., Feb. 10, at UNLV, 2 p.m. at Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas (GT, WEB)
Sun., Feb. 11, at UNLV, 1 p.m. at Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas (GT, WEB)

GT - Follow the game via GameTracker; WEB - Game, broadcast on the internet

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
FRI: CSF - RHP, Wes Roemer (0-0) vs. STAN - RHP, Nolan Gallager (0-0)
SAT: CSF - RHP, Jeff Kaplan (0-0) vs. STAN - RHP, Jeffrey Inman (0-0)
SUN: CSF - RHP, Sean Urena (0-0) vs. STAN - TBA

RHP - Wes Roemer (`06 Collegiate Baseball Co-National Player of the Year; Was 13-2 with a 2.38 ERA, 145 K, 7 BB in 155 IP)

RHP - Jeff Kaplan (`06: Was 5-5 with a 2.56 ERA, ranked 4th in conf. with 100 K at Irvine Valley College)

RHP - Sean Urena (Was a redshirt last season for the Titans from Rialto HS; no college experience to date)

PLAY BALL! The No. 15 Cal State Fullerton Titans will take on the No.31 Stanford Cardinal to open the 2007 college baseball season Friday night at Goodwin Field. Fresh off a College World Series appearance in 2006, and a 50-win season, the Titans will have to look to many new fresh faces to fill the spots left by the departed draftees and free agent signings this past summer.

Wes Roemer, coming off a sensational sophomore season will again headline the weekend rotation, while senior thirdbaseman Evan McArthur, catcher John Curtis and junior centerfielder Clark Hardman look to take the reins of this unproven group of atheltes and turn tem nto contenders.

The coaching staff led by 11th-year Head Coach George Horton has also had its mix-up. No longer with the team is Ted Silva (Fresno State), but in his place, former Cal State Northridge Head Coach Bill Kernen, returns to Cal State Fullerton as the team's volunteer assistant coach to share pitching duties. His partner in crime will be long-time hitting and third base coach Rick Vanderhook, who in his 21st season, will step away from the offensive side and work with the pitchers and catchers and serve as the team's defensive coordinator. Horton will return to running the offense after running the pitching side for the last two seasons and will also coach third base on a full-time for the first time in his Titan career.

Assistant Coach Jason Gill, who's recruiting class was ranked in the Top 10 of both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball will remain as the infield coach, but will take over the majority of the hitting instruction, Vanderhook's former post.

Baseball season is back. It is time to play ball!

TUNE IN: All of Cal State Fullerton baseball games will be broadcast live on fullertontitans.com with play-by-play announcer Justin Alderson. Go to fullertontitans.com and click the listen here icon on the right and enjoy every pitch as it happens. And for your viewing pleasure, the Big West Conference in conjunction with CSTV will provide video streams of select baseball games in 2007 via BigWest.TV. For subscription information visit bgwest.org and watch all the Big West baseball you want. You can also follow select games via GameTracker (when technologically available). Follow the links on the schedule page to find the CSTV GameTracker interface.

TITANS ON THE TUBE: CSTV announced that the Cal State Fullerton-Long Beach State baseball game on Friday, May 25, at Goodwin Field will be televised by the college sports network. First pitch is scheduled at 7 p.m. PDT. More details will be released as they become available. Last year, the Titans swept two three-game series from the 49ers for the first time in the Titans' 32-year history.

VERSUS STANFORD: The Titans are 35-48 all-time against the Cardinal since their inaugural meeting in 1979 and are 11-25 under Head Coach George Horton. Fullerton has dropped its last four meetings with its foes from the north, including being swept last year in Palo Alto to open the season. In their early-season meetings since 2002, the home teams have emerged as the series victors. The two teams have opened the season with each other in seven of the last nine years.

LAST YEAR AT STANFORD: Stanford 2, CSF 1 (WP- Jeremy Bleich, LP - Dustin Miller) Stanford 6, CSF 5 (10) (WP - Sean Ratliff, LP Bryan Harris) Stanford 6, CSF 3 (WP - Austin Yount, LP - Lauren Gagnier, S - Jeremy Bleich

WICKED PITCH OF THE WES: Friday night starter Wes Roemer (RHP, Glendora, Calif) amazed the country with his pinpoint control walking just seven batter all last season in 155 innings pitched. The then-sophomore started the 2006 campaign by going 65 2/3 innings without issuing a free pass. That amazing control helped the sophomore earn Collegiate Baseball's Co-National Player of the Year honor and unanimous first-team All-American status. Though he hardly walked anyone last season, he did however, keep the hitters honest, hitting a school record 23 batters to break his own record set as a freshman (18 HBPs in 2005).

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Wes Roemer (JR, RHP, Glendora) will again be the center of attention as he has already been recognized as a Preseason All-American (Baseball America, NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball, Rivals.com) and as a 2007 National Player of the Year Candidate (Collegiate Baseball, CSTV.com, Brooks Wallace Awards, Roger Clemens Award) and has been projected by Baseball America as the Big West Conference's top draft pick in the 2007 MLB Amatuer Draft... Roemer was 13-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 2006 striking out 145 in 155 innings pitched with just seven walks.

INCOMING!: Baseball America has ranked Cal State Fullerton's Khris Davis (19th, .592, 10 HR, 50 RBI in 2006 with Deer Valley HS in Glendale Ariz.) and Nate Bridges (22nd, .461, 9 HR, 33 RBI in 2006 with Villa Park HS in Villa Park, Calif.) in their Top 50 Incoming Freshman for both their immediate impact as well as their long-term potential.

BASEBALL AMERICA PREDICTS: The baseball publication looked into their crystal ball and saw that the Titans would again repeat with a Big West Conference Championship in 2007. They also mentioned that junior centerfielder Clark Hardman (Trabuco Canyon, Calif) will be the leagues most valuable player. Wes Roemer was also slated to be the conference's best pitcher and top major league prospect.

TO COACH OR NOT TO COACH?: Volunteer Assistant Coach Bill Kernen has a tale (or two) to tell you, that not many in the baseball business could fathom. Kernen, a veteran collegiate coach, left the game after more than 20 years and moved to New York to become a playwright in 1995. He went to Columbia University in New York to study writing and while there, penned "And Other Fairy Tales" and "A Graveyard Symphony" within his first two years. Two more, "Galleria degli Angeli" (1998) and "Musica de Mariposa" (1999), would follow in the next two years, with his 1998 effort being honored as a finalist in the Oglebay Institute National Playwriting Competition. Kernen's play "Snapshot of Molly and Her Man" (2002) was turned in to a 16 minute short film in 2002, with the Titan pitching coach earning credit as the film's casting director as well. Kernen was the head coach at Cal State Northridge from 1989-95 where he accumulated a 240-154-3 (.609) career record, just missing a trip to Omaha in CSUN's first year at the Div. I level. He also made a coaching stop at North Carolina State from 2002-2003.

COOL AT THE HOT CORNER: Coach Horton has called Evan McArthur the best defensive third baseman he has ever coached. The senior from Medford, Oregon is returning for his senior year after posting a .303 average and the team's second-most home runs with seven in 2006. McArthur was a 2006 Big West Honorable Honorable Mention in his first season as the primary thirdbaseman.

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Junior College transfer Matt Wallach (Jr., Catcher, Yorba Linda, Calif., Cypress College) has some pretty big shoes to fill being that he is the son of a 17-year major leaguer, five-time All-Star and one of the most iconic Titans in the program's 32-year history. Matt was a JC All-American in 2006, and hit .301 with four home runs and 34 RBI for the Chargers, earning himself All-Orange Empire First Team honors. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 23 round in 2006, but chose to play his junior year at Fullerton and major in business. This season, he will start the season behind senior catcher John Curtis, but will no doubt get some at bats whenever possible from the bench.

CHANGING UNI'S: Jake Vasquez (SR, INF, Diamond Bar, Calif) is the only Titan in 2007 to transfer from another Division I school. The projected starting first baseman played last season at Texas A&M and has the skills to make Head Coach Geroge Horton say, "How Texas A&M cut him loose has all of us shaking our heads. It will make the loss of Brett Pill and David Copper [from 2006 Titan squad] acceptable." Despite hitting .276 with 5 home runs in 122 at bats, Vasquez has passed every test the Titan coaching staff as thrown at him in the fall land winter workouts.

TOURNEY TALK: The Titans have made 28 NCAA regional appearances in their 32-year Div. I history and have not missed the post-season since 1991. The 15-year run is the fourth-longest active streak in the nation. Only Miami (34), Florida State (29), and Clemson (20), have longer streaks. Fullerton has advanced to Omaha 14 times, coming away with College World Series Titles in 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004.

A WINNING TRADITION: On May 23, 2006, the Titans captured their 22nd 40-win season with a 6-3 win over USC. The Titans also picked up their eighth 50-win season as they defeated Clemson, 7-6, in the College World Series. Fullerton has never had less than 30 wins or finished the season with a losing record (since 1975, first year at Div. I). Larry Cochell's Titans captured the lowest win total in the school's history with a 30-27 overall record in 1989.

MILESTONES AHEAD: 11th-year Head Coach George Horton is 48 wins away from his 500th career win. Last season Horton tallied his 188th career Big West Conference win, tying him with Fresno State's Bob Bennett for second place on the all-time Big West leader board. His next conference victory will put him in sole possession of second place behind former Long Beach State skipper Dave Snow's 218 Big West wins.

TO THE SHOW: Three former Titans made their big league debuts in 2006 boosting the school's total number to 43 former Fullerton players that have played a big league gamee. Mike Rouse (with CSF in 2001) and Jason Windsor (with CSF from 2003-04) both made appearances with the Oakland A's, while Wes Littleton (with CSF from 2001-03) debuted with the Texas Rangers. The trio joined Shane Costa, KC (with CSF from 2001-03), Reed Johnson, TOR (1997-99), Chad Cordero, WAS (2001-03), Brandon Duckworth, KC (1997), Mark Kotsay, OAK (1994-96), Mike Lamb, HOU (1995-97), Phil Nevin, TEX-CHC-MIN (1990-92), Aaron Rowand, PHI (1996-98), Kirk Saarloos, OAK (1998-2001) and Matt Wise, MIL (1996-97), to bring the current total of Fullerton products in the bigs to 13.