Titans Travel South for SDSU Tournament

March 10, 2010

THIS WEEK: The Titans (4-6) compete in a tournament this weekend in San Diego that will utilize the fields at both host San Diego State and University of San Diego. They will face Fresno State (6-6), San Diego State (5-7). University of San Diego (6-7), and UAB (7-3).

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LAST WEEK: Fullerton fell out of the national rankings this week after a 2-2 showing last week. After beating San Diego at home, 11-4, the Titans won only the middle game of a 3-game series at Arizona, losing, 8-7 in 11 innings and 10-1 around a 6-1 victory.

The Titans did manage player of the week honors for righthander Noe Ramirez and centerfielder Gary Brown. Ramirez pitched his first career complete-game, a 5-hitter, for the win over the Wildcats. He struck out nine and lost his shutout in the ninth. Brown had three hits including at least one extra-base knock in each of the four games to finish the week 12-for-19 (.632). He scored 6 runs and drove in 6.

In the win over USD, Billy Marcoe had 3 RBI and Nick Ramirez had 3 hits with starter Kevin Rath getting the win. Rath lost the Sunday game at Arizona and Nick Ramirez lost the Friday night game on a walk, a ground out and a single after pitching a scoreless eighth, ninth and tenth.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE/PITCHING PROBABLES:&\#8232;
Thurs., Mar. 11, vs. Fresno State (at SDSU Tournament, Tony Gwynn Std.), 2 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Tyler Pill (1-1, 4.82 ERA)
FS: RHP Matt Morse (1-1, 6.06 ERA)

Fri., Mar. 12, at San Diego State (at SDSU Tournament, Tony Gwynn Std.), 6 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (0-2, 5.27 ERA)
SDSU: TBA

Sat., Mar. 13, at San Diego (at SDSU Tourn., Cunningham Std.), 1 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Noe Ramirez (1-1, 3.60 ERA)
USD: TBA

Sun., Mar. 14, vs. UAB (at SDSU Tourn., Tony Gwynn Std.), 11 a.m.
CSF: RHP, Kyle Mertins (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
UAB: RHP Beau Pender (1-0, 2.51 ERA)

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VERSUS FRESNO STATE: The Titans and Bulldogs have played 81 games at the Div. I level dating back to 1975, with the Titans holding an all-time advantage of 50-31. Fresno State and Fullerton played in both the PCAA and Big West Conference with Fresno State where they split 30 meetings (15-15). The Titans have currently won eight in a row against the foes from the North, including their last four in Regional play in both 2006 (2 games) and 2007 (2 games). In fact, the last time the Titans and Bulldogs met, they played at Tony Gwynn Stadium, the site for the 2007 Regional hosted by the University of San Diego. The Titans are 9-2 all-time against the Bulldogs in postseason play, with all 11 match-ups coming in the NCAA Regionals. The Titans are 6-2 against Fresno State at neutral sites. This will be the first time and Dave Serrano team has played Fresno State.

VERSUS SAN DIEGO STATE: The Titans and Aztecs go back to 1975, the Titans first year at the Div. I level. Fullerton holds a 35-10 all-time record against San Diego State and have won each of the last six meetings (four at home, two at SDSU). The Titans are 11-2 at Tony Gwynn Stadium since it opened in 1997, and are 16-5 all-time against the Aztecs in San Diego. The two squads have met three times in NCAA postseason history, with the Titans holding a 2-1 advantage in three NCAA West Regional games at Fresno State in 1984. The Titans and Aztecs were in the same conference from 1975-78 (both the PCAA and the SCBA) and combined for a 14-6 conference mark against them.

VERSUS SAN DIEGO: The Titans and Toreros have met 59 times at the Div. I level dating back to 1976, with Fullerton holding a 50-7-2 all-time advantage. The Titans have won each of the last four meetings with the Toreros, including last Tuesday's (Mar. 2), 11-4 win at Goodwin Field. The Two teams were a part of the SCBA together from 1979-1984, where the Titans were 20-3-1 in league action. The two squads have met once in postseason action, with the Titans coming out on top in that one, 3-1, in the 2003 Fullerton Regional. The Titans are 16-5 all-time on the road versus the University of San Diego, and have gone 8-0-1 in their last nine meetings in San Diego; Thanks to a 10th inning run allowed by reliever Mike Greenlee with the sun going down, the Toreros tied the 1997 match-up, giving George Horton the only tie on his 13-year head coaching record.

VERSUS UAB: This will be the first Div. I meeting between the Titans and Blazers.

TITAN TIDBITS:
&\#149; Freshman DH Carlos Lopez broke out of a small funk by going 8-for16 (.500) on the week in games versus San Diego and Arizona. He doubled and also hit his first career home run while driving in three.
&\#149; Catcher Billy Marcoe extended his career-best hitting streak to eight games by going 6-for-15 (.400) last week, also tallying a pair of doubles and three RBI.
&\#149; The Titans were 11-for-12 in stolen base opportunities, led by Gary Brown who swiped three bags last week.
&\#149; After hitting in the .230's the first two weekends, the Titans' offense woke up, hitting .298 in the four games last week. Four of the first six hitters in the Titans' line-up hit better than .316, led by Gary Brown's .632 average.
&\#149; The Titans had a season-high 14 hits in Saturday's (Mar. 6) 6-1 win against Arizona.
&\#149; Friday night pitcher Daniel Renken was forced to leave Friday night's game (Mar.5) at Arizona with lower back stiffness after just one-plus inning of work. Regular Sunday starter Tyler Pill was forced into action and tossed six respectable innings of relief, striking out 8 in the 8-7 extra-inning loss. Renken will be making his regularly scheduled Friday night start this week at San Diego State.
&\#149; Starters Christian Colon (2-for-16), Joey Siddons (2-for-11), and Corey Jones (3-for-16) combined to hit just .163 last week.
&\#149; Non-starters combined to go 2-for-18 (.111) with eight strikeouts. David Carrillo collected both non-starter hits, singles.
&\#149; The Titans have yet to string together back-to-back wins.
&\#149; The Titans have gone 1-2 in each of the first three weeks of the 2010 season, something they have never done in their history.
&\#149; Titan opponents have scored first in 8 of the Titans' 10 games thus far, three times this last week alone.
&\#149; The Titans have been outhit (89-87) and outscored (54-45) through the first 10 games of the year.