April 3, 2007
PLAY BALL: After two successful series on the road, the Titans return to Goodwin Field this week to host the team with the best overall record in the Big West Conference in UC Irvine. The Anteaters begin the week 21-7-1 after taking two of three games at Long Beach State.
GT = GameTracker, WEB = Game broadcast on fullertontitans.com, BWTV = Streamed video on bigwest.org/tv, TV = Televised by Cox Cable
CATCH TITAN BASEBALL: You can follow the Titans' three-game homestand multiple ways via your internet-capable computer. Listen to the play-by-play as Justin Alderson describes all the action by following the links on the school's athletic website, fullertontitans.com. In the upper right hand portion of the page, click the icon with the mirophone and hear Alderson from start to finish of the three-game set. Track the game with CSTV's GameTracker, by following the links provided to you on the baseball teams' schedule page. You can also watch the game via bigwest.tv. The Conference has teamed up with CSTV to provide a live video stream that links to Alderson'a audio broadcast. The re is a subscription fee, so if you haven't got one, get it today!
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Friday night's (Apr. 6) baseball game between Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine is set to be televised by Cox Cable from Goodwin Field. The game will be tape-delayed and will air on Cox 3 throughout southern Orange County starting Apr. 6 at 11 p.m. Gordon Spencer, Bill Cunerty and Paul Westphal will serve as the games broadcasters as the No. 12 Titans battle it out with league rival No. 23 UC Irvine in the second game of the three-game Big West Conference series. Cox 3 will relay the Titan-Anteater game at the following dates and times: Friday, April 6 at 11 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, April 8 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Monday, April 9 at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m.
VERSUS THE ANTEATERS: Cal State Fullerton holds a 63-16 edge over UCI all-time, dating back to 1976. The two teams have never faced each other in the post-season. Since former Titan Assistant Coach Dave Serrano took over for John Savage at UC Irvine, the Titans have posted a 6-3 record. Under Coach Horton's tenure, the Titans are 13-5 and are currently riding a very small one-game winning streak.
LAST WEEK: Fullerton opened Big West play 3-0 thanks to a pair of ninth-inning rallies at Cal State Northridge. Going back to the 2-1 series win at Long Beach State, the Titans' last five victories all have been of the come-from-behind variety.
On Friday at Northridge, Matt Wallach's two-out single in the ninth inning produced a 4-3 victory. The Titans had rallied for three runs in the eighth capped by freshman Josh Fellhauer's two-out, two-run single. Wes Roemer went the distance to improve to 4-3.
On Saturday, the Titans had to overcome only a 1-0 deficit as freshman infielder Corey Jones went 5-for-5 and drove in 5 runs in a 9-4 victory.
On Sunday, the Titans were down, 3-1, entering the eighth inning. A disputed call at second base held them to one run in the eighth but Wallach tied the game on the first pitch in the ninth with a home run. The Titans went on to score four more times and they needed them all as the Matadors rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth. Dustin Birosak came on to get the final out with two men on base to save the 7-6 victory.
Bryan Harris, who scored the winning run on Friday, drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth on Sunday. John Curtis' RBI single drove in the final and ultimately decisive run of the inning.
BAD BREAK FOR THE TITANS: The Titans will be without the services of first baseman Jake Vasquez for at least six to eight weeks as he broke his wrist in three places on a play at fist base that pulled him into the runner in Friday's Big West Conference opener at Cal State Northridge.
Titan Certified Student Athletic Trainer Rusty Baker reported that Vasquez was taken to the local hospital in Northridge and received six x-rays that revealed at least three breaks in his radial styloid, his ulnar styloid and his third metacarpal.
With Vasquez's break, the entire starting Titan infield has now broken a bone since the Fall, and the right side of the infield (Vasquez and second baseman Joel Weeks) is on the shelf with fractures.
No definite timetable has been set for the senior's return .Vasquez will see Cal State Fullerton physicians later this week. The Diamond Bar native was hitting .267 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 26 starts. Both Jon Wilhite and Matt Wallach saw time at first in his place.
WEEKS STILL OUT: Cal State Fullerton second baseman Joel Weeks, who suffered a broken right fibula near his ankle in routine workouts at Goodwin Field Mar. 21, is still out of the Titan line-up and off the 25-man roster until approximately May 1. The junior from Cypress, Calif., was hitting .324 (second on the team) and had started in 21 of the teams 22 games to that point. Corey Jones has been Weeks' replacement at second base and has hit .280 with six RBI over six starts in his place.
APRIL FOOLS: Coach Horton exchanged his annual "April Fools" line-up with Cal State Northridge Head Coach and former Titan Steve Rousey Sunday afternoon and it looked something like this:
No. Player Pos.
11 Reed Johnson LF
1 Tom Thomas CF
21 Phil Nevin 3B
29 Tim Wallach 1B
7 Mark Kotsay RF
14 Bob Caffrey DH
3 Kurt Suzuki C
3 Jose Mota 2B
2 Justin Turner SS
19 Dave Weatherman RHP
Horton felt pretty confident that he could win with that line-up on Sunday and when asked who was first up in the bullpen Horton said that he expected Weatherman would go all nine and likely start the following game. But Ted Silva would be the set up man with Chad Cordero waiting to close if they needed it.
DAYS OF THE WEEK: This week will feature the Titans playing their first Thursday game of the season. The Titans are 5-3 on both Fridays and Saturdays.
HOME COOKIN': The Titans are 9-4 at Goodwin Field this year and 350-106 all-time at the current facility, good for a .768 winning percentage. Clark Hardman is currently the Titan that is most enjoying sleeping in his own bed. The junior outfielder is hitting .421 with 2 home runs and 14 RBI at Goodwin Field in 2007.
WITH RISP: The Titans are hitting .341 with runners in scoring position this season, and are led by centerfielder Clark Hardman who is hitting .432 with runners at second and/or third. His 16 hits are closely followed by Chris Jones' 13 (.382) and John Curtis' 12 (.400)
VS. TOP 25 AT HOME: Since 1992 the Titans have posted an all time record of 40-32 (.556) in regular-season weekend series versus ranked opponents at Goodwin Field. The Titans have gone away winners 14 times in the 24 total series on their current home field, four of them were won via the sweep. Since the Titans first game at Goodwin field, they have posted an overall 67-42 (.615) record against ranked teams at home.
HIT IT HERE: With the regular season at the half-way point, Cal State Fullerton is on pace to hit just 21 home runs this season, which would rank them last all-time in the school's 33-year history. The 1975 squad tallied just 28 round trippers in 53 games and has totaled the fewest in history to date.
ERROR PRONE: The Titans have committed 41 errors so far in 28 games, and have gone errorless just two times. The team fielding percentage is .961, the lowest total since the 1999 team posted a .961 percentage as well. The last two seasons have seen the Titans post back-to-back, best-ever fielding percentages of .977. Shortstop Joe Scott has the most Titan errors with 10.
TEAM BATTING AVERAGE: The Titans are hitting an uncharacteristic .273. The Titans worst-ever team batting average was .275 in the team's first year at the Div. I level. No Titan team since the 1989 squad (.298) has finished below.300. Fullerton has finished in the .200s just four times in the programs illustrious history.
HORTON IN BIG WEST PLAY: Horton stands alone as the coach with the second-most wins in the history of the Big West Conference with 191 career-wins, and sits just 27 behind former Long Beach State Head Coach Dave Snow (218) on the all-time list. Horton is 191-58 all-time in league play, good for a .764 winning percentage. Even more impressive is that in this, his elevent season at the helm of the Titans, Horton has produced an all time series win-loss record of 71-12...a whopping .855 winning percentage!
HIGH-FIVE: Second baseman Corey Jones posted a perfect day at the plate going 5-for-5 with four singles and a double Saturday afternoon at Cal State Northridge. The freshman form Camarillo, Calif. became the first Titan to get five hits in a game in 2007 and also drove in five runs in the Titans 9-4 win. Jones also became the second Titan to post five-or-more RBI in a game this season.
CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Matt Wallach, son of former Titan icon and major league veteran, Tim, was at the center of a couple of the Titan' come-from-behind victories over Cal State Northridge last weekend in the San Fernando Valley. His first hit of the weekend, was a two-out, RBI-single to drive home the winning run in the Titans' 4-3 Friday win. On Sunday, the left-handed-hitting first baseman blasted his first-career home run to tie the game in the top of the ninth, opening the floodgates for a Titan five-run ninth inning.
ONE PITCH AWAY: Distin Birosik picked up his first career save, inducing a game-ending grounder to short in Sunday's game (Apr. 1) vs. Cal State Northrigde.
STREAK SNAPPED: Justin Klipp's scoreless streak of 8 1/3 innings in relieve was snapped as he surrendered a run on three hits in a third of an inning on Apr. 1 vs. Northridge. Klipp was the reigning Big West Conference pitcher of the week when the streak was snapped. The right-handed senior tossed seven shutout innings in two appearances the week prior to Long Beach State, earning two victories.
STUFF LOOKED GOOD: Wes Roemer earned his first win in nearly a month with a Mar. 30 complete game over Cal State Northridge. For the first time in some time, Roemer's pace, velocity and overall stuff looked back to what the nation had grown accustomed to over the past two seasons. Roemer struck out nine and walked one, an intentional walk, to improve to 4-2. He has struck out nine-or-more batters four times this season in eight starts.
SCORELESS RELIEF: Michael Morrison (Cypress, Calif.) has also posted an impressive run out of the pen. He has now tallied seven consecutive innings without allowing a run. In games against East Carolina, Pepperdine, and Long Beach State, the freshman has surrendered just three hits while striking out six.
FELLHAUER STREAKING: Freshman Josh Fellhauer has the team's best hitting streak right now, reaching base via the hit in seven straight. Fellhauer's streak, however, spans 11 games, as the outfielder has been used as a late inning defensive replacement or has not drawn an official at bat. During his streak, Fellhauer is 11-for-25 (.440), with nine RBI.
MORE ON FELLHAUER: Josh Fellhauer posted hits and RBI in each of the Titans' three conference games against Cal State Northridge last weekend and led the team with a .500 batting average. On Friday, the freshman was a perfect 3-for-3 with his third hit, a very clutch two-out single, driving in two, and tying the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth inning. On Saturday, Fellhauer cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the third inning capping a four-run third inning. He also went on to score twice in the Titans' 9-4 victory. On Sunday, the left fielder drove home the Titans' only run through the first seven innings with a grounder with a runner at third base. He later laid down a key sacrifice leading to the go-ahead run in top of the ninth inning of the Titans' come-from-behind, 7-6 win.
LEGENDARY COACH: In October, 2006, Head Coach George Horton was honored to take part in a documentary called "Legendary Coaches" that will be released as a special feature on the forthcoming "We Are Marshall" DVD. Horton is one focus of a six-segment feature with other legends Lute Olson (Arizona, men's basketball head coach), Pat Summit (Tennessee, women's basketball head coach), John Wooden (former UCLA basketball head coach), Bobby Bowden (Florida State, football head coach) as well as 1971 Marshall football Head Coach Jack Lengyel.
DINNER WITH THE TITANS: The 2007 baseball team will be acting as the wait staff on Monday, April 23, as they serve supporters of Titan baseball dinner in its annual fundraiser. The team, in conjunction with the Diamond Club (baseball boosters), will be putting on a prime rib dinner at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim to raise money for a new padded outfield wall at Goodwin Field...Fifteen-year major league player and former Titan All-American Brent Mayne (1988-89) will be on hand as the special guest speaker at the annual event...In addition to dinner fans will have their chance to interact and take photos with players, coaches and all four Cal State Fullerton national championship trophies and bid on more than 10 trips and cruises as well as other high-end items in a silent auction...You too can support the Titan baseball program for just \$150 a plate or \$1500 a table. All of the proceeds from the evening's events will go directly to Titan baseball. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m....For more information on how you can be a part of this special evening, contact Titans' Director of Baseball Operations Todd Rogers at (714) 278-2943 or at firstname.lastname@example.org...The Phoenix Club is located at 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., in Anaheim.
TO THE SHOW: Three former Titans made their big league debuts in 2006 boosting the school's total number to 43 former Fullerton players that have played a big league game. Mike Rouse (with CSF in 2001) and Jason Windsor (with CSF from 2003-04) both made appearances with the Oakland A's, while Wes Littleton (with CSF from 2001-03) debuted with the Texas Rangers. Seven former Titans graced Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters in 2007. Chad Cordero (Nationals), Reed Johnson (Blue Jays), Mike Lamb (Astros), Rouse (Indians), Aaron Rowand (Phillies), Kirk Saarloos (Reds) and Matt Wise (Brewers) each earned spots on the roster of his respective team to open the 2007 campaign. Mark Kotsay, a nine-year big league veteran, will begin the season on the disabled list for the Oakland A's. Others with big league experience not making their respective squads opening day roster were: Brandon Duckworth and Shane Costa (Royals), Littleton (Rangers), Windsor and Erasmo Ramirez (A's).