Titans Back Home to Host Tigers This Weekend

April 28, 2011

PLAY BALL: The Titans will continue their spirited battle for the Big West Conference championship after losing their first conference series of the season and only their second ever in the Div. I era to Cal Poly last weekend.

Fullerton (9-3) hosts Pacific for three games this weekend while clinging to a 1-game lead over Cal Poly and UC Irvine (both 8-4). Irvien is idle this weekend with games against the Pac-10's Cal, while Cal Poly is at Long Beach.

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THIS WEEKEND IN TITAN BASEBALL:
Fri., Apr. 29 vs. Pacific* (Goodwin Field), 7 p.m.
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Pitching Match-ups:
CSF - RHP, Colin O'Connell (5-3, 2.47 ERA)
PAC - RHP, John Prato Matthews (0-2, 28.80 ERA)

Sat., Apr. 30 vs. Pacific* (Goodwin Field), 6 p.m.
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Pitching Match-up:
CSF - RHP, Tyler Pill (5-0, 2.11 ERA)
PAC - RHP, Marcus Pointer (3-5, 6.20 ERA)

Sun., May 1 vs. Pacific* (Goodwin Field), 1 p.m.
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Pitching Match-up:
CSF - TBA
PAC - RHP, Jake Hummel (4-3, 4.36 ERA)

ON TUESDAY: A lack of solid pitching and a couple of defensive miscues for Fullerton led to a 12-8 midweek loss to a struggling University of San Diego squad that ace into the non-conference meeting with an 11-26 record.

Fullerton staked Jake Fleothe to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but San Diego came back to tie the game by the second. San Diego would come from behind again in the sixth, this time scoring five times in the inning to take a 10-6 lead from which the Titans would not be able to bounce back.

Carlos Lopez led the team with a 4-for-5 day at the plate with three RBI. Greg Velazquez had two hits. Only Raymond Hernandez (9th inning), the last of six Titan hurlers, would escape without allowing a run. Corey Le Vier (3-for-3, HR, 4 RBI) was the big bobber for San Diego.

LAST WEEK: Mounting injuries took their toll in San Luis Obispo. With ace righthander Noe Ramirez out with an ankle injury and rightfielder Michael Lorenzen and third baseman Joe Terry battling wrist problems, the Titans got Richy Pedroza back from a right shoulder injury for only a few innings before he hurt his left shoulder.

David Hurlbut got the starting call on Thursday and was tagged for 5 runs in 3 1/3 innings and the 7-2 loss. Christian Coronado was solid in relief but the Titans managed only 2 runs out of 10 hits as Mason Radeke pitched a complete game for the Mustangs with 8 strikeouts.

Colin O'Connell was charged with a 4-2 loss on Friday but he didn't get much help from his teammates. Matt Orloff's error led to two unearned runs when Jake Floethe (3) and Dylan Floro (1) walked four men in the seventh inning, two coming with the bases loaded. Anthony Trajano's RBI single had given Fullerton a 1-0 lead in the sixth and he scored the second run in the ninth.

Juniors Nick Ramirez and Tyler Pill took command on Saturday and the result was a 9-3 win. Ramirez hit a pair of home runs and drove in 4 runs while Pill pitched 7 innings and allowed only 3 hits and 1 run to improve to 5-0. The Titans erupted for 15 hits.

VERSUS PACIFIC: The Titans are 75-11 all-time against the Tigers dating back to their first meeting back in 1975. All but two (1982 double-header in which the Titans swept) of their 86 meetings have come in conference play. From 2000-2008, the Titans won 29 of the 30 games they played including 19 in a row from 2002-08. In 2009, Pacific won its first series against the Titans by winning the first two games of the series, 5-4 and 14-10. Fullerton is 39-6 all-time at home against Pacific and 6-3 under Dave Serrano. The Titans won the series last season (6-2 and 11-7), but the final game of the series in Stockton was nightmarish on Titan pitching as the Tigers went on to win 18-10. Kevin Rath started the game and worked just .2 of an inning giving up 5 runs on 3 hits. Kyle Mertins allowed 6 runs on 7 hits in 3.2 innings. David Hurlbut was touched for 3 runs in .2 innings and Colin O'Connell worked the final three innings and allowed four runs on five hits. The first four hitters in the Titans' lineup that day (Christian Colon, Gary Brown, Nick Ramirez and Tyler Pill) went 11-for-19 with 5 RBI.

INJURY REPORT: Right-handed pitcher Noe Ramirez (left ankle) has improved since last week, but will likely miss his weekend start a precautionary measure... As of Tuesday, right-fielder Michael Lorenzen has been cleared by doctors to play, but will be listed as day-to-day for the Pacific series... Third baseman Joe Terry is out for the next 3-to-5 weeks after successful surgery on his right hamate bone on Apr. 26... Infielder Richy Pedroza will miss the weekend series against the Tigers with an injured left shoulder sustained in his first game back from an injury to his right shoulder on Apr. 21 at Cal Poly... Infielder Anthony Trajano has been generally banged up, but got a day off on Tuesday and will likely be back at short on Friday night.

TITAN TIDBITS: &\#149;The Titans are 15-3 this season at Goodwin Field and have a team batting average of .278 in those games played in Fullerton. In those games, Richy Pedroza leads the way with a .380 batting average, but behind him are Carlos Lopez (.368), Ivory Thomas (.366) and Tyler Pill (.326) with numbers over the .300 mark. Lopez and Anthony Trajano are leading the team with 14 home RBI with Nick Ramirez trailing rig behind. The team has posted a 2.69 ERA in games at Goodwin and Noe Ramirez has picked up five of his wins there and has posted a 2.02 ERA. Tyler Pill has two wins and three no-decisions and a 2.20 ERA. The Team has also posted a nearly 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio (149-to-39) in this 18 games.

&\#149;Nick Ramirez has had quite an impact in games played against conference opponents. The junior first baseman is hitting .325 (13-for-40) with a double, four home runs and a team-leading 12 RBI in the 12 agates played so far. He has also walked a team-leading nine times, has a pair of SAC-flies and is perfect in stolen base attempts (2-for-2). On the mound, the southpaw has four saves over 3.2 innings with five strikeouts and has yet to allow a run.

&\#149; Over the past four games, the Titan pitching staff has compiled a 1-3 record, an ERA of 5.73 with 22 strikeouts and 16 walks over 33 innings. Tyler Pill (.130) is the only hurler to hold the opponent to under a .250 batting average. Pill (1.29) and Colin O'Connell (1.50) have done their best to balance out the team ERA with just two earned runs allowed between them in 13 innings.

&\#149;The Titans have been in 12 games that have been decided by just one run so far in 2011. In those 12 one-run games, the Titans are 9-3, with five of the wins happening in come-from-behind fashion. Eighteen of Fullerton's games have been decided by two runs or less, with the Titans going 13-5 in those affairs.

&\#149; Junior infielder Anthony Trajano has the Titans' longest hitting streak at five games. Over his last five appearances, Trajano has gone 7-for-22 (.318) with 8 RBI. Tyler Pill has a modest four-game hitting streak heading into the weekend, going 6-for-13 (.462) with 3 RBI.

&\#149;Anthony Trajano has driven in a run in his last six games. In his lasts games, Trajano has driven in nine runs, including three on Apr. 17 against Santa Barbara.

&\#149;Hey opposing pitchers... be sure to load the bases for sophomore Carlos Lopez. He's only 4-for-6 with the bases juiced.

&\#149; The Titans streak of 36 consecutive years without a losing season will increase by one this weekend with at least one victory over Pacific. The Titans have never had a losing season at the Div. I level dating back to 1975. The closest they got was in 1989 when Larry Cochell's Titans went 30-27, and finished 5th in the PCAA with an 10-11 mark in league.