March 22, 2012
The Titans are up two spots to No. 13 in Baseball America's weekly Top 25 rankings after a 2-2 week that saw them win their fourth consecutive series over the weekend. Fullerton will host Oral Roberts Thursday, Friday and Saturday, in its final non-conference weekend series before Big West play begins.
Fullerton revised its schedule with Long Beach State with a wet weather system headed for Goodwin Field and played a double-header on Friday. Richy Pedroza's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth handed Dylan Floro his second win of the year in the first of two 2-1 Friday victories. In the second game, Derek Legg was plunked with the bases loaded and Chad Wallach followed with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to help Kenny Mathews to his second win. Mathews allowed just a run on five hits over 7.2 innings while fanning six.
The 49ers avoided the series sweep with a 7-2 win on Sunday afternoon, winning for just the second time in the last 16 meetings with the Titans. A six-run sixth inning off Titan relievers Koby Gauna and Grahamm Wiest was too much to overcome.
Carlos Lopez was the offensive standout, hitting in all four games and upping his team leading batting average 25 points to .357. Lopez was 7-for-15 (.467) with three doubles, an RBI, and three runs scored for the week.
THIS WEEKEND IN TITAN BASEBALL
Thursday, Mar. 22 vs. Oral Roberts (Goodwin Field), 6 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 23 vs. Oral Roberts (Goodwin Field), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 24 vs. Oral Roberts (Goodwin Field), 6 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
CSF: RHP Dylan Floro (2-2, 2.83 ERA)
ORU: RHP Drew Bowen (3-1, 2.65 ERA)
CSF: LHP Kenny Matthews (2-0, 2.25 ERA)
ORU: RHP Kurt Giller (1-2, 5.40 ERA)
CSF: RHP Grahamm Wiest (1-1, 2.92 ERA)
ORU: RHP Alex Gonzalez (1-1, 2.00 ERA)
FOLLOW THE GAME: All three games of the Oral Roberts series will have free audio broadcasts provided live as the action happens at fullertontitans.com. To hear the games presented with our audio partner Stretch Internet, go to our website and click the headphones in the upper right hand corner of your browser - that applies from your computer or your iPhone and Android smart phones. There will also be video streams of all three games on the subscription-based BigWest.TV. Just click the video icon in the upper right to access the video stream. We will also be providing GameTracker for all home games. Just click the GT mark in the rotating scoreboard on the home page of fullertontitans.com, or find the link on the baseball schedule page, and track most all of college baseball in just a few clicks of the mouse.
VERSUS ORAL ROBERTS: The Titans and Golden Eagles have met four times since 1984 with Fullerton coming out on top in each of the contests. They met in March of 1984 at the Riverside Baseball Invitational, when the Titans defeated the then-No. 15 Golden Eagles, 5-4. The two programs met for a three-game series in 2009 at Goodwin Field with the Titans winning all three, 8-3, 10-6 and 7-1. Fullerton has never made the trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
LAST WEEK'S TOP PERFORMER (HITTER): Carlos Lopez (Jr., 1B, Northridge, Calif.) hit in all four games last week to lead the team, collecting a pair of hits in each of the games against Long Beach State as well as one on Tuesday against Washington State. The first baseman had three of the Titans' six extra base hits on the week, including a pair of doubles in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. Lopez accounted for one-third of the Titans' runs versus Long Beach and one-quarter of the runs against Washington State. Over the last four games, Lopez raised his batting average 25 points (from .322) to .357.
LAST WEEK'S TOP PERFORMER (PITCHER): Kenny Mathews (Fr., LHP, Diamond Bar, Calif.) pitched his fourth consecutive quality start, holding Long Beach State to an unearned run on five hits over 7.2 innings to cap a sweep of a doubleheader and lift the Titans to its fourth consecutive series win. Mathews pitched with confidence on Friday night and faced just one over the minimum over his final 20 batters. The southpaw fanned six 49ers without a walk.
WE MEET AGAIN: This weekend USA Baseball alum Michael Lorenzen will meet up with two fellow Collegiate National Team teammates from last year's squad in Oral Roberts' Head Coach Rob Walton (USA's pitching coach in 2011) and outfielder Chris Elder. Lorenzen hit .317 (13-for-41) with three doubles, a triple and a home run to go along with 10 RBI in the 14-game Summer season. Elder hit .300 (15-for-50) with five doubles and 5 ribbies in all 14 games. Both guys swiped five bags on the base paths. Coach Walton looked over a pitching staff that went 11-2-1 with a 1.73 ERA. The pitching staff featured the likes of Stanford's Mark Appel, LSU's Kevin Gausman, Florida's Brian Johnson, TCU's Andrew Mitchell, and Texas A&M's Michael Wacha.
&\#149; Fullerton has left almost 11 runners on base over the past four games (Washington State and Long Beach State) and are struggling to drive in the run when it counts, hitting just .239 with runners in scoring position. Richy Pedroza and Carlos Lopez are leading the team with a .346 average with ducks on the pond.
&\#149; The Titans are doing a good job of setting the table each inning. Leadoff hitters of each inning are getting on base 40 percent of the time (66 have reached in 166 opportunities).
&\#149; Anthony Hutting had a solid week last week at the plate despite limited playing time. The outfielder was 3-for-7 with a pair of RBI, including a pinch-hit, 2-run, game-tying home run against Washington State.
&\#149; One of Richy Pedroza's five knocks last week was a big one, winning the game for the Titans in the opening game of the non-conference series with Long Beach State. He hit .357 on the week (5-for-14) and drove in a team-leading three RBI.
&\#149; Richy Pedroza leads the team with a season-high six-game hitting streak heading into the weekend series with Oral Roberts. Over that span, the Titan third baseman has gone 8-for-23 (.348) with 6 of his 12 RBI coming those six games.
&\#149;Off the bench, the Titans are hitting .250 as a team (7-for-28) and are led by Greg Velazquez, who has converted two of his three chances into hits. JD Davis, Anthony Hutting (HR), Jesse Jenner, Richy Pedroza and Anthony Trajano account for the others.
&\#149; The Titans are averaging 8.58 hits and 4.58 runs per game in 2012. The opponents are averaging 9.1 hits and 4.1 runs against them.
NON-STARTERS: Matt Orloff (3-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI), Anthony Trajano (2-for-4, 1 R), Greg Velazquez (3-for-7, 1 R, 2 RBI) and Anthony Hutting (2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI), are making the most of their time late in games. When give the opportunity to come in they have produced, leading the non-starters to a .327 batting average versus the starters' .257 clip.
THE BIG INNING: Cal State Fullerton has been the victim of the big in inning in each of their seven losses. In all but one instance, the one big inning makes up the difference in the game.
Florida: 4-run Gator seventh inning. Titans lose, 7-3.
Florida: 4-run Gator fourth inning. Titans lose, 5-2.
TCU: 3-run Frog eighth inning. Titans lose, 3-2.
USC: 5-run, USC seventh inning. Titans lose, 7-4.
Texas A&M: 3-run Aggie second inning. Titans lose 6-1.
Washington State: 5-run Cougar sixth inning. Titans lose, 9-8 (11).
Long Beach: 6-run 49er sixth inning. Titans lose, 7-2.
GAME WINNERS: The Titans have 10 game-winning RBI so far this year driven in by nine different hitters. Only Richy Pedroza stands out with more than one. He had a game-winning sac-fly against Utah Valley and a two-run single against Long Beach State last Friday afternoon.