No. 20 Titans to Host No. 21 San Diego Tonight at Goodwin Field

March 11, 2008

THIS PAST WEEK: 5-0, vs. No. 3 UCLA and Southern Miss.
Win, vs. No. 3 UCLA (Home), 7-1
Win vs. No. 3 UCLA (Away), 13-2
Win vs. Southern Miss (Home), 4-1
Win vs. Southern Miss (Home), 8-3
Win vs. Southern Miss (Home), 19-6

UPCOMING/TITAN PITCHING ROTATION
Tuesday, Mar. 11 vs. San Diego
CSF: LHP Jason Dovel (1-0, 1.98 ERA)
USD: LHP Josh Romanski (1-0, 9.45 ERA)

Friday, Mar. 14 at Arizona
CSF: RHP, Jeff Kaplan (2-1, 5.89 ERA)
ARIZ: RHP Preston Guilmet (2-1, 2.84 ERA)

Saturday, Mar. 15 at Arizona
CSF: RHP Daniel Renken (3-0, 1.26 ERA)
ARIZ: LHP Davis Coulon (3-0, 2.45 ERA)

Sunday, Mar. 16 at Arizona
CSF: RHP Cory Arbiso (1-2, 5.28 ERA)
ARIZ: RHP Ryan Perry (1-0, 4.00 ERA)

VERSUS NO. 21 SAN DIEGO: The Titans have a 46-6-2 all-tie advantage over the Toreros. The two teams have met one time in the post season, but not in last year's Regional hosted by San Diego or in the 2006 Regional hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The two met in the 2003 Regional at Fullerton, with the Titans coming out on top 3-1. The Titans lost last year's meeting 5-1 at Goodwin Field as Josh Romanski carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and finished allowing just three Titan hits. It was the third times in five games that the Titans had been three-hit. Romanski retired the first 15 batters he faced before Joel Weeks broke up the perfecto with a single. Clark Hardman and Evan McArthur had the only hits, with Hardman's driving home the only Titan run.

LAST WEEK: What a difference a week makes. After getting swept at Stanford and almost swept off the runway at Ontario Airport on March 2, the Titans on March 9 celebrated a home sweep of Southern Mississippi to cap a 5-0 week that began with a 2-game sweep of then-No. 3-ranked UCLA.

This week the Titans host University of San Diego, a national seed last year, and then play a 3-game series at No. 1-ranked Arizona.

Jeff Kaplan got last week going well with six scoreless innings against UCLA at Goodwin Field. Joel Weeks had 3 hits and helped Fullerton jump out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. The next night at Jackie Robinson Stadium, the Titans again jumped ahead 5-0 with a 5-run second inning. Jared Clark's home run started it and Christian Colon's 2-run double capped it.

A 3-run pinch-hit home run by Khris Davis and a productive night by the bottom of the lineup led to a lopsided 13-2 contest. Freshman right-hander Daniel Renken silenced the Bruin bats, retiring the first 12 hitters on his way to a 3-hit, 10-strikeout performance over 7 innings.

The wins over USM were by scores of 4-1, 8-3 and 19-6. Jason Dovel pitched 5.2 innings of 2-hit, scoreless relief to key the Friday win. On Saturday, Cory Arbiso had a strong start and home runs from Colon and Dustin Garneau helped the Titans manufacture 8 runs on only 6 hits. Nine walks helped. Sunday's game was a 5-5 tie in the fifth before Fullerton rolled a 5 in the fifth and a 7 in the sixth. Renken picked up his second win of the week with a nicely timed 1.1 inning effort. Erik Komatsu and Jared Clark homered to lead the 22-hit assault that featured Josh Fellhauer getting 4 hits.

RENKEN NAMED EASTON BIG WEST PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Cal State Fullerton's freshman Daniel Renken (Cypress, Calif.) went 2-0 last week striking out 12 to garner his first Easton Big West Pitcher of the Week honor as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

Renken's (Cypress, Calif. / Orange Lutheran High School) tossed seven innings of three-hit, one run baseball against No. 3 UCLA on Wednesday (Mar. 5) in Los Angeles, then picked up a win in relief on Sunday, leading the Titans pitching staff with two of the team's five wins this week all while holding his opponents to just a .167 batting average against him.

On Wednesday, in just his second career start, the right-hander pounded the strike zone and notched a career-high 10 strikeouts against the Bruins. He worked perfect through four innings setting all 12 batters he aced down on just 35 pitches (30 strikes) before back-to-back extra base hits broke the no-hit and shutout bid leading off the fifth inning. Renken did not allow his third hit of the game until the seventh inning.

On Sunday, Renken came on in a 5-5 game against Southern Miss and worked 1.1 innings collecting a pair of strikeouts and his third win of the year. He was the beneficiary of a five-run Titan outburst in the eventual 19-6 win.

With his performances last week, Renken has been promoted to the weekend rotation and will pitch Saturday night at No. 1 Arizona.

Renken's line for the week: 2-0, 2.16 ERA, 2 APP, 8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 SO

OVERLOOKED?: Titan first baseman Jared Clark (Castaic, Calif.) had a fantastic week worthy of conference player of the week honors, but was beaten out by Irvine's Ollie Linton (6-for-15, .400 BA, 8 RBI, 6 SBs in four games vs. Tulane and San Diego).

Clark posted multiple hits in four of the five games the Titans played versus No. 3 UCLA and Southern Miss, finishing with nine hits in 14 official at bats (.643) while driving in seven and drawing a team-leading seven walks in the five-hole in the order. He also led the team in slugging, posting a 1.143 slugging percentage, totaling 16 total bases on the week. He was also 4-for-4 in stolen bases to boot.

On Tuesday (Mar. 4) at UCLA, the Castaic-native singled and drove in a run to extend the Titans' lead to 5-0 in the third inning. On Wednesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium, his towering solo home run in the second inning started the Titans' five-run second inning.

On Friday (Mar. 7) versus Southern Miss, the first baseman doubled and came around to score the eventual winning run in the fourth inning of the 4-1 Titan victory.

On Sunday (Mar. 9), Clark was the nail in the coffin in both the third and seventh innings. In the third, his single scored the fourth run of the Titans' five-run third, then he later scored the fifth run after stealing third base, one of four stolen bases for him on the week. In the seventh, his three-run opposite filed home run put the game way out of reach, at 16-5.

Jared Clark's line for the week: .643 AVG, 9-for-14, 8 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4-for-4 SB

TITAN TIDBITS:

&\#149; Fullerton outscored their opponents 51-13 in five games last week, and are now averaging 7.67 runs per game.

&\#149; Josh Fellhauer continued his hitting streak that now stands at 10 games. Over the streak he has combined for a .465 average with a team-leading 20 hits and 6 RBI. The sophomore has upped his average to .453 overall and has an on base percentage of .500.

&\#149; Everyone in the Titan lineup hit better than .333 except for Gary Brown this week. The Titans as a team hit .363 in five games against No. 3 UCLA and Southern Miss.

&\#149; Freshman Jason Dovel (1-0) tossed 5.2 innings of two-hit relief and picked up his first collegiate win as Cal State Fullerton beat Southern Miss 4-1 on Friday night. Dovel finished the night by retiring the last 10 in a row and 17 of the 19 hitters he faced. The Buena Park native surrendered just a single in the fourth and a double in the fifth en route to setting a season/career high in innings pitched (5.2) and strikeouts (6).

&\#149; Fullerton stole another 16 bases in 20 attempts last week, upping their season total to 40 steals in 50 attempts. Last year, the Titans stole 53 bases in 63 games. As it stands, the Titans are stealing 3.33 a game. At this pace, the Titans will steal 186 bases in the regular season. No Titan team since 1980 (209) has stolen more than 144.

&\#149;Joe Scott, recovering from hernia surgery since Feb. 26, was seen taking ground balls last weekend during batting practice. No official word has been released on his return date.