Feb. 24, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - The Titans remained in the top 10 in all but the NCBWA poll (No. 11) after a 1-2 opening weekend and look to build off of Sunday's non-conference win over rival Long Beach State. This weekend the Titans (1-2) will host TCU (3-0) who is coming off an opening weekend sweep of Sam Houston State to start 3-0 for the first time since 2005. The Horned Frogs' midweek game at Baylor in Waco on Wednesday was postponed due to inclement weather.
The Titans will be without skipper Dave Serrano for the first two ballgames of the series as he fulfills the remainder of a three-game suspension received last Saturday night when contact was made between Serrano and first base umpire Larry Randall during an argument. Assistant Coach Greg Bergeron assumed the role as manager last Sunday, and will again on Friday and Saturday nights.
FULLERTON IN THE POLLS:
Baseball America: No. 8
Collegiate Baseball: No. 6
USA Today/ESPN Coaches: NP
NCBWA: No. 11
Rivals.com: No. 9
TCU IN THE POLLS:
Baseball America: No. 11
Collegiate Baseball: No. 14
USA Today/ESPN Coaches: NP
NCBWA: No. 9
Rivals.com: No. 19
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MEDIA GUIDE: The 2010 Cal State Fullerton baseball media guide is available online at fullertontitans.com. Go to the "Fan Zone" atop any page of the school's website and you will be directed to PDFs of all Cal State Fullerton media guides. Due to extreme budget restrictions and a push throughout the Big West and the nation to be more "green," there will be no printed media guides, for any 2009-10 Titan sports. Yes, your 1975-2009 books are now legitimate collector's items. Put them in a safe place.
LAST WEEK: The Titans began the season 0-2 at home for the first time since 1987 after losses to Oregon and Pepperdine before reversing the funk against Long Beach in a non-conference match up Sunday afternoon.
Second-year Oregon Head Coach George Horton returned to Fullerton for the first time as a visitor and walked away with his 265th career win on the field he coached on for 11 seasons. Horton, the Titans' skipper from 1997-2007, was welcomed back in a pre-game ceremony that was immediately followed by a special first pitch ceremony featuring former Titan catcher Jon Wilhite.
The Titans held a 2-1 advantage for five innings with the threat of rain looming overhead, but a three-run sixth inning that included a Danny Pulfer's two-run go-ahead double would be the turning point for Horton's Ducks. After a 54-minute rain delay Oregon added three more in the eighth to pull away with the 7-3 victory. A shaky Daniel Renken was touched for 4 runs over 5.2 innings and the Titan defense committed three errors. Gary Brown and Christian Colon accounted for 4 of the Titans seven hits in the loss.
Pepperdine's Matt Bywater continued to keep the Titan bats quiet on Saturday, tossing a complete-game 6-0 shutout while holding the Titans to just four hits on the night. Noe Ramirez struck out nine Pepperdine hitters, but a four-run Wave outburst in the second inning proved too costly. Nick Ramirez had the Titans' only extra-base hit with a seventh inning double.
Fullerton broke out on Sunday with eight runs on 12 hits to support a very strong Tyler Pill who allowed just one unearned run over seven innings. Gary Brown had three hits and Christian Colon hit the Titans' first homer of the year in the win. The Titans avoided their first 0-3 home start in the program's Div. I with the 8-1 victory without their head coach Dave Serrano, who began to serve a three-game suspension for making contact with an umpire during an argument Saturday night.
VERSUS TCU: The Titans and Horned Frogs have played 10 times since 1987, but six of those games have come since 2008. Fullerton holds a 7-3 all-time advantage, but TCU and the Titans have split the six games they have played since 2008. TCU took two of three from the Titans last year to open the season at Goodwin Field. The Titans are 4-2 all-time at home against the Frogs, but 1-2 at Goodwin Field. The two squads met one time in the postseason, at the Midwest I Regional at Oklahoma State in 1994, a game the Titans won, 4-1, en route to a Regional championship and a College World Series berth.
IT'S HAPPENED BEFORE: The Titans have started the season 1-2 or 0-3, 14 times in their 36-years at the Div. I level. In 13 of the 14 years, they reached the Regionals (exception 1991), and eight times, they reached the College World Series. The last time it happened? They lost two of three to TCU just last year on opening weekend, and made their 16th appearance in Omaha last June.
WINLESS BEGINNINGS: Last weekend's 0-2 start at home, was the first of its kind since 1987. And taking it a step further, the Titans have never gone 0-2 or 0-3, home or away, without the help of their friends, the Stanford Cardinal.
HITTING STREAKS: Both Christian Colon and Joey Siddons saw their hitting streaks dating back to last season come to an end last weekend. Leadoff man Gary Brown kicked off 2010 the way he wanted, hitting in all three games last weekend to lead the team. Carlos Lopez, Anthony Hutting, Nick Ramirez and Billy Marcoe, will come into this weekend with two-game streaks to their credit.
AT GOODWIN FIELD: The Titans are 413-132 (.758) all-time at their current home location dating back to the latter part of the 1992 season. Under Dave Serrano, the Titans are 26-10 at Goodwin Field. The Titans have gone 39-11 (.780) in the postseason at Goodwin Field and have won 13 of 16 postseason tournaments (Regionals and Super Regionals).
SHUTOUTS: Before Saturday's 6-0 loss to Pepperdine, the Titans had not been shutout since May 13, 2007, against Wichita State in Kansas. The last home shutout came on Mar. 18, 2005, against Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Titans 1-0 to open the three-game series.
STEALING THE SHOW: Gary Brown was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases last weekend, stealing second three times and third once. The junior, who now has 52 career swipes, sits just outside the Titans' career Top 10. He is six bags behind No. 10 Jeremy Carr (1992-93).
CELEBRATING GREATNESS: Cal State Fullerton is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the 1995 national championship squad. The `95 Titans were 57-9 en route to the school's third national title under then-Head Coach Augie Garrido. The Team will be honored on Feb. 27 before the Titans' 6 p.m. game against TCU at Goodwin Field.
DIV. I DEBUTS: Last weekend nine Titans made their Div. I collegiate debuts: Carlos Lopez, Austin Kingsolver Anthony Hutting, Zach Tanida, Richie Pedroza, Matt Orloff, Ivory Thomas, Geno Escalante and Davis Carrillo. All but Thomas, Escalante and Carrillo made their first career starts as well.
FIRST CAREER HITS/RBI: Carlos Lopez, Austin Kingsolver, Anthony Hutting, and Zach Tanida all collected their first career hits last weekend. Hutting's first was a pinch-hit RBI-single in the sixth inning of the Oregon game on Feb. 19. He was the only newcomer to drive in a run - and he drove in three on the weekend to lead the team.