Feb. 22, 2007
PLAY BALL: The No. 10 Titans (7-3) got off on the wrong foot this week dropping a 8-7 ball game at San Diego State Tuesday night, but look to get back on track against No. 15 UCLA this weekend in a split series at Goodwin Field and Jackie Robinson Stadium. Fullerton, has a 14-consecutive regular season series winning streak on the line against the Bruins who are coming off a 3-game sweep of East Carolina and a 14-1 loss at Long Beach State on Tuesday night.
vs. UCLA (6-5), Friday @ Goodwin Field, Fullerton, Calif.;
Sat.-Sun. at Jackie Robinson Stadium
GT = GameTracker
WEB = Game broadcast on fullertontitans.com
BWTV = Game video stream via Big West TV at bigwest.org
EARLIER THIS WEEK:
Feb. 20, Loss at San Diego State, 8-7 (LP - M. Morrison)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Feb. 16, Loss vs. Arizona, (LP - W. Roemer)
Feb. 17, Win vs. Arizona, 9-0 (WP - J. Kaplan)
Feb. 18, Win vs. Arizona, 9-2 (WP - S. Urena)
TITANS IN THE CURRENT POLLS
Baseball America - 10
Collegiate Baseball - 8
USA Today Coaches - 8
NCBWA - 5
Rivals.com - 9
BRUINS IN THE CURRENT POLLS
Baseball America - 15
Collegiate Baseball - NR
USA Today Coaches - 21
NCBWA - 27
Rivals.com - 18
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 all the Titan home games and select conference road 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.
LAST WEEK: Impressive starting pitching led the Titans to a 2-1 weekend series victory over nationally-ranked (Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA) and unbeaten (8-0) Arizona, which came to town looking to break a five-game losing streak to the No. 10-ranked Titans. And that they did as they downed the Titans with a big 2-1 Friday night win against All-American Wes Roemer (2-1). The Titan righty struck out five of the first seven hitters he faced, but Arizona's Preston Guilmet seemed up for the challenge, fanning seven of the first 10 Titans he faced. Both hurlers finished with nine strikeouts, but Fullerton could only produce one run on the night, coming from a John Curtis single in the fourth inning.
Pitching was again the name of the game on Saturday night, but this time it was the Titans' Jeff Kaplan who was in complete control, improving to 2-0 on the year. Kaplan tossed a complete-game shutout, fanning a career-high 11 and he was backed by a nine-run offensive outburst within the first three innings. Four Titans were in double digits in hits with Clark Hardman and Joe Scott leading the way with two hits and two RBI each.
Freshman Sean Urena took the hill Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of the series and he didn't disappoint either. In his third career start, the righty worked into the eighth inning, surrendering just two runs on five hits and leaving to a Goodwin Field standing ovation with his first collegiate win. Hardman was the offensive star, going 4-for-5, a single shy of hitting for the cycle, while hot-hitting senior Curtis extended his hitting streak to 12-games.
ON TUESDAY: Despite a three-run top of the ninth inning, the No. 10 Titan dropped their first midweek game of the year to San Diego State, 8-7, Tuesday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Aztecs plated runs in the first five innings of the game including a four-run second that gave the home team the lead for good. Starter Michael Morrison (0-1) was handed the loss after surrendering five runs (four earned) over the first two innings of the game. Steven Hirschfeld (1-0) picked up the win going five innings wile surrendering just two earned runs. The Aztec right-hander surrendered five hits including Titan senior John Curtis' first-career home run to right center. Stephen Strasburg relieved the Aztec starter, and went three perfect innings, striking out three. Shane Kaufman, the fourth San Diego State arm, struck out Chris Jones with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to earn his first save.
San Diego State out-hit Fullerton 9-8 on the night. Aztec third baseman Nick Romero and Titan second baseman Joel Weeks each led the way with a 3-for-5 night. Curtis' dinger in the third inning extended his hitting streak to 13 games dating back to last year's College World Series and his three RBI on the night led all players. Nolan Bruyninckx and Justin Klipp pitched two scoreless frames for the Titans, with Klipp allowing the only hit between the two over the last two innings.
AGAINST THE BRUINS: The Titans lead the all-time series 46-21-2 dating back to their first meeting in 1975. The Titans and Bruins have met in the post season three times, with Fullerton coming away with a pair of victories. Fullerton is riding a five-game winning streak against UCLA including all three in 2006.
LAST YEAR VS. UCLA:
Mar. 24, 2006 (at UCLA), CSF 7, UCLA 2
WP - Wes Roemer (3-0), LP Hector Ambriz (1-3)
Mar. 26, 2006 (at CSF), CSF 12, UCLA 6
WP - Dustin Miller (2-1), LP - Tyson Brummett (1-3)
HOME SWEET HOME: Friday night will be the 450th game played at Goodwin Field. The Titans are 346-103 (.771) all-time at home since the first game was played at the facility in 1992 with their best-ever home record coming in 2003 when they went 32-3 (.914).
&\#149;Titan starting pitchers Wes Roemer, Jeff Kaplan and Sean Urena averaged just over eight innings (8.0, 9.0, 7.1) and eight strikeouts (9, 11, 4) combined and surrendered just four total earned runs on the weekend, dropping the staff era 1.5 points
&\#149;The Titans posted another 11 extra base hits last weekend and one on Tuesday night, increasing their total to 39 in the first 10 games (3.90 per game). Feb. 16's, 2-1 game against Arizona marked the first and only time this season that the Titans did not have a hit go for extra bases.
&\#149;Fullerton has collected 10 or more hits in seven of its first 10 games this season.
&\#149;The Titans reached base three Times in the final two games of the Arizona Series via catcher's interference. Odd are, the Titans are leading the nation in that department.
&\#149;Jeff Kaplan's complete-game shutout on Feb. 17 snapped Arizona's 82-game streak in which they scored at least one run, starting back in 2005 and also snapped their 9-game winning streak to start the year.
&\#149;Titan designated hitters are hitting just .233 (7-for-30), with one home run and three RBI (provided by John Curtis in his only appearance at DH).
WHO's HOT (Last four games):
Second Baseman, Joel Weeks, 6-for-16 (.375), 1 RBI
Left Fielder, Nick Mahin, 5-for-14 (.357), two doubles, triple, four RBI Center Fielder, Clark Hardman, 6-for-17 (.353), two doubles, triple, home run, four RBI
Catcher, John Curtis, 6-for-17 (.353), two doubles, home run, team-leading seven RBI
WITOUT THE GENERAL: The Titans remain without the services of senior third baseman Evan McArthur after successful hand surgery that removed the hamate bone in his left hand on Feb. 8. The small hand bone is located at the base of the palm beneathe the fourth and fifth finger and is known for being "hook-shaped." Fractures of the bone are usually hairline fractures and are most common in baseball players and golfers. McArthur played through the injury opening weekend in a three-game series with nationally-ranked Stanford, posting a .308 average (4-for-13) with a double and 3 RBI before he left the Sunday game prematurely in the eighth inning. The Medford, Oregon-native's approximate return coincides with the Titans' three-game set with cross-town rival Long Beach State, Mar. 23-25 at Blair Field. Senior Bryan Harris is filling in at the hot corner in McArthur's abscence.
LUCK NUMBER 13: Senior catcher John Curtis extended his hitting streak to 13 games Tuesday night with his first career home run at San Diego State. The left-handed-hitting Curtis hit a shot off the Aztec Wall of Fame in right field his first at bat of the night off Steven Hirschfeld. It took him just 423 at bats over four seasons to hit his first-career round tripper. Curtis' hitting streak dates back to 6/18/06 vs. Georgia Tech in the College World Series. Since the streak started, Curtis is a cool 22-for-48 (.458).
SETTING THE TABLE: Titan leadoff hitters Clark Hardman and Joe Scott have been doing their job as far as getting on and moving around the bases. So far the duo have combined for a .372 average (16-for-43) and 14 runs scored in 10 games thus far. They have also combined for two homers, three doubles, a triple and 10 RBI from that No. 1 spot. The No. 9 spot, also shared by Scott and Hardman, is hitting .405 (15-for-37), setting the table for the top of the lineup.
CLEAN UP CLEANING UP: THe Titan cleanup hitters are batting .333 with two home runs and 21 RBI in the first 10 games of the season. Eight of their 11 hits have gone for extra bases and that spot in the lineup, as it should, has driven in 10 more runs than any other spot in the lineup. John Curtis has spent the most time, 26 at bats in the clean up role, sharing time with Nick Mahin, Chris Jones, Dustin Garneau and Josh Fellhauer.
WHAT A RELIEF: Adam Jorgenson has made a team-leading five appearances out of the bullpen for the Titans working at least seven more innings than any other reliever. The junior has posted a 1.46 ERA in 12 1/3 innings of work while striking out 17 en rout to a 1-0 record that includes one save.
RISP: The Titans as a team are driving in runs when the opportunity presents itself. As a team they are hitting .412 with runners in scoring position and are led by John Curtis (7-for 11 with RISP), Clark Hardman (7-for-14 with RISP) and Chris Jones (6-for-13 with RISP).
SAVED: The Titans have yet to find a permanent closer after losing Vinnie Pestano to injury and the draft last season. Though no one person has emerged as the closer, the Titans have converted the three save opportunities in front of them. Nolan Bruyninckx, Adam Jorgenson and Michael Morrison each have a save to their credit and a combined 1.93 ERA with 3 strikeouts in save situations.
LAST WEEKEND FROM THE HILL: The Titans used just four pitchers last weekend against Arizona, with Adam Jorgenson joining starters Wes Roemer, Jeff Kaplan and Sean Urena. The four combined for a 1.33 ERA against a team that came in hitting .367. The foursome held the Wildcats to a .202 average and struck out 27 on the weekend coming a way with a pair of wins. Jeff Kaplan's 11-K performance led all the Titans in the strikeout department. Jorgenson, Fullerton's only reliever last weekend, recorded 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
SERIES BUSINESS: Cal State Fullerton has won its last 14 regular-season series dating back to March 3-5, 2006 at Rice.
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). This season, Roemer is continuing his consistent ways, posting a 24:1 strikeout-towalk ratio while hitting two.