Titans Continue Their Four-Game Homestand, Hosting ECU for Weekend Series
March 9, 2006
Overall Record: 11-6
Big West Conference: 0-0
Versus Ranked Teams: 2-5
Last Week: 2-2
This Week: 1-0
Last Five Games: 3-2
Last 10 Games: 7-3
Streak: Won 2
Win (5-0) @ No. 12 Pepperdine, Feb. 28
Loss (3-2) @ No. 4 Rice, Mar. 3
Loss (6-2) @ No. 4 Rice, Mar. 4
Win (15-4) @ No. 4 Rice, Mar. 5
Win, 10-5 vs. San Diego State, Mar. 7 at Goodwin Field
Fri., Mar. 10, vs. East Carolina -- 7 p.m. at Goodwin Field (GT, WEB)
Sat., Mar. 11, vs. East Carolina - 6 p.m. at Goodwin Field (GT, WEB)
Sun., Mar 12, vs. East Carolina -- 1 p.m. at Goodwin Field (GT, WEB)
Game times listed are all Pacific Standard Time.? GT - GameTracker, WEB - Audio on fullertontitans.com, KSPA - Audio on AM 1510
ON THE AIR: All of the Cal State Fullerton baseball games in 2006 will be broadcast live via the web on fullertontitans.com by the voice of the Titans Justin Alderson. Also, in conjunction with Alderson Broadcasting, select Titan games will be broadcast on KSPA radio and can be heard on AM 1510. You can also follow most games via GameTracker on fullertontitans.com with a simple click of your mouse. Just point your browser to our web site and follow the links form there.
SO FAR THIS WEEK: The Titans downed Tony Gwynn's San Diego State Aztecs on Tuesday night, 10-5 large-in-part to a seven run second inning capped by a Cory Vandehook three-run double. Justin Klipp was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst improving to 2-0, while Vinnie Pestano was able to pick up his fifth save of the season, entering the game with a four-run lead in the eighth. Bryan Harris was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, collecting three hits to lead all players.
LAST WEEK: The Titans split four games on the road against Top 20 teams last week and beat to hold their No. 7 position in the Baseball America national poll.
A rare "staff" shutout took care of Pepperdine on Tuesday in Malibu, 5-0, with Danny Dorn going 4-for-4 to back the efforts of five Titan hurlers.
The pitching held up during a weekend series at No. 4-ranked Rice but the offense waited until Sunday to get untracked and the Titans dropped two of three games. Josh Rodriguez was the main villain in an Owl suit. His leadoff home run in the bottom of the tenth inning off previously unscored upon John Estes produced a 3-2 win on Friday night. On Saturday, Rodriguez delivered a bases-loaded double in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and hang a 6-2 defeat on Lauren Gagnier, who had pitched seven solid innings.
Jared Clark led a 13-hit assault on Sunday. He entered the game early as a pinch-hitter and went on to smack two home runs and collect six RBI in a 15-4 rout. For his efforts, he was selected Big West Conference player of the week. Brett Pill went 4-for-5 but Justin Turner's hitting streak was stopped at 14 games. David Cooper's season-long 13-game streak had been halted on Friday night.
ABOUT THE PIRATES: First year Head Coach has done a fabulous job so far leading the Pirates to a 12-3 overall record. The Pirates are making their first road trip of the season when they head to Fullerton, as all of their 15 games to date have been played at Clark-LeClair Stadium, ECU's home field. The Pirate offense is led by senior catcher Jake Smith who is leading the team in most offensive categories including average (.379), home runs (5) and RBI (25). The Pirates' starting pitchers Dustin Sasser, TJ Hose, and Shane Mathews have a combined 6-2 record and a combined 2.30 ERA with both Sasser and Hose coming in under 1.50 individually. ECU is the winner of five in a row coming off of a win versus North Carolina A&T on Wednesday and a three-game sweep of Stoney Brook last weekend.
VERSUS THE PIRATES: This will be the first meeting between Cal State Fullerton and East Carolina.
WHO's HOT: (The last five games)
Danny Dorn: The senior is hitting .467 (7-for-15) over the last four games, smacking a pair of doubles, driving in four.
Brett Pill: Five of the juniors last eight hits have been doubles leading to a .381 average (8-for-21) over the last five games.
Blake Davis: Is also 8-for-21 (.381) and has hit for the cycle over the last five games. The Team USA shortstop has two doubles, a triple and a three run home run to his credit since last week.
Jared Clark: The reigning Big West Conference Player of the Week is hitting .333 (5-for-15) over the last five contests including a remarkable effort last Sunday. The sophomore went 3-for-4 as a mid-game replacement as the DH. Versus No. 4 Rice. Clark blasted a pair of home runs and a double, collecting six RBI in just four plate appearances.
WHO'S NOT: (The last five Games)
David Cooper: Started the season with a 13-game hitting streak and at one time was atop the Big West Conference in batting average. In Houston, versus Rice, the freshman ran into a buzz saw and is just 2-for-16 (.125) over the last five games. He has collected a pair of RBI and scored two runs over the same span.
Brandon Tripp: The centerfielder/rightfielder has played in four of the last five games going 0-for-12 with five strikeouts. He has been on base with 5 walks and has scored three runs.
John Curtis: has played in all five of the last five games, making three starts. The junior catcher is 0 for his last 10 at bats picking up four strikeouts along the way.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Titans are 7-1 at Goodwin Field this season, dropping just one game to UC Irvine on Feb. 19, 7-4. Catcher John Curtis has made the most of the home cooking hitting accumulating a .474 average (9-for-19) while driving in a second-best 7 RBI. Second baseman Justin Turner is right on Curtis' coattails in average hitting .455, thanks to a team-leading 15 hits on his home turf. Freshman David Cooper also is enjoying his time at home, driving in 11 of his team-leading 14 RBI for the home crowd. Lauren Gagnier and Wes Roemer have combined for a 1.49 ERA at Goodwin, with 26 strikeouts in 30.1 innings pitched. The opposition is hitting just .180 against the pair.
STREAKS SNAPPED: Three streaks were snapped last weekend in Houston, while the Titans were taking on Rice. David Cooper had an 0-for-4 performance ending his season-long streak at 13 games last Friday night. Justin Turner, tied and passed Cooper by one game, then went 0-for-4 in the Titans' 15-4 offensive blowout on Sunday ending his streak at 14 games. From the mound, southpaw John Estes ended a streak of 17.1 scoreless innings that dated back to his first appearance of last season. The reliever entered the game on Friday night in a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the tenth, and made 4 pitches to Rice's Josh Rodriguez, before the Owl hit a walk-off homer on his fifth pitch to end the game and the streak.
RETURN OF POWER: The Titans hit more than two home runs in a game for the first time last Sunday versus No. 4 Rice when they launched three (two off the bat of Jared Clark and on off the bat of Blake Davis). It was the first time since Jun. 3, 2005 that the Titans managed the feat when Danny Dorn (2), Brandon Tripp and Ronnie Prettyman combined for four round-trippers versus Harvard in the Fullerton Regional. The Titans have hit just seven homers in their first 17 games, pacing them for just over 36 for the entire season. No Titan team has ever hit less than 43, a feat the 1991 squad set. Coincidentally Augie Garrido's 1991 squad was the last Titan team to fail to get to the NCAA Regionals.
WILD, WILD WES: Titan starting pitcher Wes Roemer has been brilliant over his first five starts this season, pitching his way to a perfect 3-0 record with an ERA under 2 (1.75). The sophomore has tallied a perfect strikeout to walk ratio, fanning 34 opposing batter without issuing a free-pass in 36 innings on the bump. Some guys however, are getting on without having to earn it as the righty has missed - just a bit inside - plunking 10 hitters in his first five starts. The 2005 Big West Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year has said he would rather hit a guy than walk a guy, which might explain his place in the Titan record book. Roemer hit 18 batters as a freshman, setting the all-time single-season record for a Titan pitcher. Roemer, if he continues at two HBP's a game will demolish his own school record. He stands at 28 career hit batters in 126 innings pitched.
CAREER FIRSTS: Utility Infielder Joe Scott picked up his first career hit and RBI in the Titans' 10-win over San Diego State on Tuesday night. The redshirt freshman was previously 0-for-1 in six games for the Titans this season, seeing mostly defensive playing time in late innings.
Outfileder Matt Fahey also picked up his first career hit with a single to right in the ninth inning of the 15-4 route of Rice on Mar. 5. The switch-hitter was previously 0-for-4 with a walk as a hitter.