April 9, 2009
Cal State Fullerton's Records: 20-8 (3-3 Big West)
Cal State Northridge Records: 13-18 (2-4 Big West)
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2009, vs. LMU (Goodwin Field), Loss, 3-8
Thursday, Apr. 9, 2009 at Cal State Northridge, 3 p.m., (GT, WEB)
Friday, Apr. 10, 2009 at Cal State Northridge, 3 p.m. (GT, WEB)
Saturday, Apr. 11, 2009 at Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m., (GT, WEB)
GT: GameTracker, WEB: Audio on fullertontitans.com
WEEKEND PITCHING MATCH-UPS
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (4-2, 2.45 ERA)
CSUN: RHP, Ryan Juarez (4-2, 5.80 ERA)
CSF: RHP, Noe Ramirez (3-1, 2.51 ERA)
CSUN: RHP, Billy Ott (1-1, 6.43 ERA)
CSF: RHP, Tyler Pill (5-0, 3.43 ERA)
CSUN: RHP, Justen Gorski (1-1, 3.00 ERA)
PLAY BALL: The nation's No. 1 ranking didn't sit well on the now No. 6 Titans as they finished a rugged 8-game stretch last week with a 4-4 record capped by a 2-1 series loss to Big West Conference front-runner UC Irvine, now ranked No. 5. This week has not started well either, with the Titans dropping a home game against LMU on Tuesday in the tune up for their trip to Cal State Northridge for a 3-game Big West series beginning Thursday.
VERSUS THE MATADORS: The Titans are 41-15 all-time against Cal State Northridge since their first meeting in 1975. The two squads have never met in the postseason. The Titans sandwiched a pair of wins (12-0, 17-15) around a 4-2 Saturday loss for Daniel Renken in 2008. CSUN's Thursday starter Ryan Juarez took the Friday night loss at Goodwin Field against Jeff Japlan. The finale of the series saw CSUN's Chris Hannick belt three home runs and drive in nine in the Matador loss.
&\#149; The Titans are 10-3 away from Goodwin Field so far in 2009
&\#149; The Titans have outscored the home team 112-51 in 13 road games this year
&\#149; The Titans have outscored the home team 11-0 in the 1st inning, 58-27 in the first four innings combined
&\#149; The Titans have a team battaing average of .340 on the road and are led by Jared Clark's whopping .500 average (25-for-50, 4 doubles, three HRs and 17 RBI), followed by Josh Fellhauer's .462 mark (24-for-52, 4 doubles, three HRs and 13 RBI)
&\#149; Jared Clark has hit in all 13 road games this year. Josh Fellhauer has hit safely in the last nine
&\#149; Nick Ramirez leads the team with 4 road home runs, Jared Clark, Josh Fellhauer, and Khris Davis each have three apiece
&\#149; The Titans have sstolen 25 bases in 35 tires on the road, and have held the home team to just eight steals in 13 chances
&\#149; The Titan pitching staff has posted a 2.82 ERA on the road with Tyler Pill, Noe Ramirez and Daniel Renken each picking up a pair of wins each
&\#149; Michael Morrison has been nearly unhittable in six appearances (5.2 IP) on the road, going 1-0 with 2 saves. The right-hander has surrendered just one hit (no runs) and has fanned 7
&\#149; Southpaw Nick Ramirez has made three relief appearances away from Goodwin Field and is 1-0 with a miniscule 0.93 ERA in 9.2 IP (1 ER, 3 H, 6 K)
BIG FLYS SWATTED? The Titans have not hit a home run in the five games played so far in April, since Jared Clark's solo shot at Arizona State on Mar. 31. As a matter of fact, the Titans have hit just four homers since their 17-home run offensive display on their 11-day road trip through the South and Midwest. Khris Davis has two of the four (vs. Oral Roberts and UC Riverside) and Nick Ramirez (vs. Oral Roberts) and Jared Clark (vs. ASU) have the other two. Nineteen of the Titas 27 home runs have come on the road.
CLOSING THE BOOK ON MUSTACHE MARCH: Mustache March may not have caught on like Manny Ramirez dread lock wigs, but it was a success as far as the Titans are concerned. Fullerton finished 15-2 overall with a team batting average of .359, with 45 doubles, five triples and 24 home runs. Nine of their wins came on the road and five of their wins came against ranked teams. Ironically, Josh Fellhauer, the first Titan to shave his `stache (five days too early), finished with the teams' best batting average at .441 (30-for-68), while Khris Davis (.414, 7 HR, 20 RBI) and Jared Clark (.403, 4 HR, 23 RBI) also provided average and some pop to the lineup. The Fullerton pitching staff posted a 2.84 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 152 innings. Tyler Pill enjoyed a perfect 5-0 month despite hating his mustache and Noe Ramirez was 3-0 with a miniscule 1.97 ERA in seven appearances.
SINCE THE SHAVE: The Titans are 1-4 in April since the mass trimming of facial hair after the Mar. 31 game at ASU. The team is hitting just .273 and has just three of their 44 total hits have gone for extra bases (all doubles). The Titans, in those five games, have scored just 11 runs to their opponents' 23 and the pitching staff has allowed five home runs that have accounted for nine opponent runs.
TIDBITS FROM THE LAST FIVE GAMES:
&\#149; Fullerton has won one of its last five, and five of its last 10
&\#149; Christian Colon leads the Titans in hits (7) over the last five games, followed by Jared Clark and Josh Fellhauer (6 each)
&\#149; Jeff Newman is the team's hottest hitter average-wise over the last five games, going 5 for his las 8 (.385). Josh Fellhauer (.353), and Jared Clark (.333) are right behind him in teampleading averages
&\#149; Gary Brown, Nick Ramirez and Khris Davis are a combined for just five hits (5-for-43) and a .116 batting average over the last five games...they have combined for 1 double, 1 home run and 1 RBI over that same span
&\#149; Nick Ramirez (3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K), Kyle Mertins (3.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K), Ryan Ackland (1-0, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 K) and Michael Morrison (1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) have combined for 8.2 innings of scoreless baseball while holding the opponents to a .172 batting average against them over the last five games
&\#149; The Titans are hitting just .239 with runners on base and just .184 with runners in scoring position over the past five games
IN THE SHOW: Four former Titans (Kurt Suzuki - OAK, Ricky Romero - TOR, Reed Johnson - CHC and Aaron Rowand - SF) found themselves on major league Opening Day rosters in 2009. Mark Kotsay is on Boston's 40-man roster but begins the season on the 15-day disabled list. Chad Cordero, recently signed by Seattle, is hoping for a return some time in April (according to mlb.com) after recovering from shoulder surgery. Mike Lamb (released by MIL on 4/1), Shane Costa (designated for assignment by KC), Brandon Duckworth (assigned to AAA Omaha by KC), and Wes Littleton (claimed off waivers by MIL on 3/17 and outrighted to AAA Nashville) find themselves looking for ways back to the show.