No. 11 Pepperdine and No. 22 San Diego on Tap This Week for the Titans
March 13, 2007
Overall Record: 12-8
Last Five Games: 1-4
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Weekend Series Win-Losses: 5-1
Titans Sweep Opponents: 1
Titans Swept by Opponents: 1
TITANS IN THE POLLS:
Baseball America: 13
Collegiate Baseball: 15
USA Today Coaches: 15
Mar. 9, 2007, 6-1 loss at East Carolina
Mar. 10, 2007, 2-0 loss at East Carolina
Mar. 11, 2007, 12-5 loss at East Carolina
THIS WEEK SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2007, vs. No. 11 Pepperdine (15-5)
6 p.m. at Goodwin Field
Probable Starting Pitchers:
CSF: Adam Jorgenson, RHP (1-0, 4.08 ERA)
PEP: Robert Dickmann, LHP (1-1, 4.38 ERA)
Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2007, vs. No. 22 San Diego (15-9)
6 p.m. at Godwin Field
Probable Starting Pitchers:
** No Weekend Series
ON THE AIR: Both games will be broadcast by play-by-play announcer Mel Franks with color by Jonathan Khamis on fullertontitans.com and can be followed via GameTracker, also via fullertontitans.com. The two home games will also be streamed live over the internet on BigWest.TV. Visit www.bigwest.org/tv to follow all the action right from your desktop.
VERSUS THE WAVES: The Titans are 47-37 all-time versus Pepperdine since 1975, the first year Cal State Fullerton played at the Division I level. Last season the two teams split the season series with Fullerton shutting out the Waves in Malibu (5-0). Pepperdine returned the favor, beating the Titans 7-4 at Goodwin Field. The two teams have met nine times in the post season with Fullerton holding a 6-3 advantage. The teams have split the two games in which they met at the College World Series with the Titan loss (3-2) coming in the Championship Game of the 1992 CWS. Under Head Coach George Horton, the Titans are 13-10 against the Waves.
VERSUS THE TOREROS: The Titans are 46-5-2* all-time versus San Diego with their last meeting coming in 2005 (Titans won 5-4 in 13 innings). The two teams have met once in the post season, with the Titans coming away with the win in the 2003 Fullerton Regional (3-1). Under Head Coach George Horton, the Titans are 10-1-1 against the foes from the south.
WEEKEND WRAP: The Titans dropped six spots to No. 13 in the Baseball America Top 25 poll after a dismal 0-3 weekend in Greenville, NC. The baseball program had its streak of 16 consecutive winning series snapped by unranked East Carolina, who also became the first team to sweep the Titans since Stanford did it to open the 2006 campaign.
ECU's T.J. Hose pitched the Pirates to a Friday night victory, as he and the staff held the Titans to just three hits on the night. Chris Jones' solo home run was the only bright spot for the Titan offense. Wes Roemer (3-3) lost for the third time in his last four starts, surrendering six runs (4 earned) on 10 hits through six innings of work. Michael Morrison did pitch a perfect seventh and eighth inning, but it was too late as the Pirates held on to upset the Titans, 6-1.
A sacrifice by East Carolina's DH Jack dean in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie, but the Titans inability to produce any offense, proved fatal as East Carolina won 2-0. For the second night in a row, the Pirates held the Titans to just three hits, and gave them the series win over the team that held them to just one run in last year's series at Goodwin Field. Jeff Kaplan pitched well enough to win, surrendering one run on five hits, over six innings of work. ECU's Dustin Sasser went 6.1 innings of three-hit baseball, then a trio of Pirate reliever were handed the ball and shut the Titans down the rest of the way.
Despite three hits from both Chris Jones and Josh Fellhauer, the Titans were sloppy defensively and dropped the game 12-5. An eight-run bottom of the second by the Pirates put the game away early. Sean Urena, fresh off one-hitting Rice, lasted just 2.2 innings surrendering 8 runs on six hits and three walks. THe Titans did knock out 10 hits on the day, but three costly defensive errors negated the offensive attack. Justin Klipp in relief of Urena came on and tossed 4.1 innings retiring the first 13 batters he faced before allowing a leadoff double in the top of the eighth. Fellhauer led the team in the series finale with two RBI.
Jones was 5-for-10 and Joel Weeks was 3-for-7 with two walks and two HBPs, to lead the Titan offense that hit just .178 on the road trip as a team.
Fullerton will enjoy a much-needed off weekend this week, but not before a pair of midweek games versus No. 11 Pepperdine and No. 22 San Diego on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
&\#149; Adam Jorgenson will be making just his third-career start on Tuesday night against No. 11 Pepperdine after going 28 appearances without a start. The junior from Costa Mesa has no decisions in his two prior starts, both midweek affairs. In 2005, the righty struggled in his first-career start, surrendering 12 hits and six earned runs in three innings of work on Mar. 1 2005 at San Diego State, but then tossed two innings of scoreless baseball in his second start at Pepperdine on Feb. 28, 2006.
&\#149; Friday night starter Wes Roemer (3-3) might benefit from this coming weekend off. The junior right-hander from Glendora, Calif, has lost three of his last four starts and has seen his ERA swell to near 4.00, at 3.95. Over his last four starts, the 2006 co-national player of the year has averaged nine strikeouts per game, but has also surrendered 10 hits with his opponents hitting .327 against him.
&\#149; More on Wes Roemer ... The Titans have played just eight games against school hailing from North Carolina in the history of the program - all of which have come vs. North Carolina and East Carolina since last season. Of the eight games, Roemer has pitched in four of them and has surrendered seven home runs to the east coast teams. Roemer has surrendered just 13 home runs in 36 career starts and has given up multiple homers in just three games...you guessed it, in three against North Carolina schools.
Mar. 10, 2006 vs. East Carolina ... Roemer surrendered 0 HR
June 16, 2006 vs. North Carolina ... Roemer surrendered 2 HR
June 21, 2006 vs. North Carolina ... Roemer surrendered 3 HR
Mar. 9, 2007 vs. East Carolina ... Roemer surrendered 2 HR
* Senior John Curtis (Newhall, Calif.) has had a rough go of it since his 16-game hitting streak that dated back to last year ended on Feb. 27. Since then, Curtis has gone just 1-for-20 (.050) at the plate and he has seen his average dip from .396 (as of Feb. 25) to his present batting average of .294 over the last seven games.
* Over the last 10 games, sophomore Chris Jones (San Clemente, Calif.) has been the hottest hitter of them all. The right fielder has posted a .406 batting average (13-for-32) and is tied with Clark Hardman for the team lead in RBI over that period, with 8. The right fielder has also drawn four walks, been hit by two pitches, stole three bases without being caught and scored a team-leading nine runs. Jones is currently amidst a team-high four-game hitting streak.
* Despite the Titans' recent woes, Clark Hardman (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) has continued to put up All-American numbers leading the team with a .373 average which currently ranks him among Big West Conference players. His 31 total hits is eight more than the second most on the team (Jake Vasquez) and ties him for fourth in the conference with Cal Poly's Grant Deseme. The junior center fielder is also leading the team with a six stolen bases in six attempts, again ranking him fifth in the league.
* Cal State Fullerton was three-hit in two of the three games last weekend and hit just .189 on the weekend. Joel Weeks and Chris Jones were the only Titans to hit in all three games while Jones led the team by going 5-for-10 with a home run and an RBI. Weeks was just 3-for-7, but drew two walks, was hit twice and had a sac bunt.
* East Carolina snapped Cal State Fullerton's 16-consecutive series wins with 6-1, 2-0 and 12-5 wins over the Titans this past weekend. Coincidentally, the Pirates were the team that started the winning streak last season at Goodwin Field.
* College baseball fans crowds in Southern California are often times hard to come by, but the Titans are averaging 2,586 fans in attendance over the first 11 home games of the season, not a bad number for West Coast baseball. Fullerton has drawn a total of 28,453 spectators over those 11 games. Long Beach State and Stanford are averaging about 850 less fans per home game.
* The Titans are 8-3 this season in the friendly confines of Goodwin Field with the three losses coming on Feb. 16 (Arizona), Feb. 16 (UCLA) and Mar. 3 (Rice). The team is hitting .293 in the 11 games at home so far, led by junior center fielder Clark Hardman who is hitting a cool .438 with a pair of home runs and 12 RBI in front of the home fans. Overall the Titans are 349-105 (.769) in 454 total games at Goodwin Field.