Noe Returns, Titans Host Riverside This Weekend

May 6, 2010

PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATIONS:
FRIDAY, May 7, vs. UC Riverside, 7 p.m. (GT / AUDIO / BWTV)
CSF: RHP, Noe Ramirez (5-1, 3.24 ERA)
UCR: RHP, Matt Andriese (4-3, 4.68 ERA)

SATURDAY, May 8, vs. UC Riverside, 6 p.m. (GT / AUDIO / BWTV)
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (7-2, 4.69 ERA)
UCR: RHP, Dustin Emmons (6-3, 3.00 ERA)

SUNDAY: May 9, vs. UC Riverside, 1 p.m. (GT / AUDIO / BWTV)
CSF: TBA
UCR: RHP Matt Larkins (5-2, 4.30 ERA)

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IN THE POLLS: Cal State Fullerton
Baseball America: 10
Collegiate Baseball: 12
USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll: 16
NCBWA: 16
Rivals.com: 12

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LAST WEEK: Fullerton's offense kept the momentum going last week by averaging 10 runs a game during a 3-1 performance with the 18-10 loss at Pacific on Sunday snapping a 9-game winning streak. The Titans moved up to No. 10 in the Baseball America national poll after winning a memorable game at No. 25-ranked San Diego on Tuesday and then taking their seventh weekend series.

Freshman Dylan Floro's 7.2 innings of work on Friday and Nick Ramirez' 4 innings of 1-run relief during the week were the only pitching highlights. Noe Ramirez remained sidelined with a broken bone in his left wrist and Tyler Pill was held off the mound due to a tired arm.

Carlos Lopez was the obvious hero on Tuesday at USD where he hit a two-out grand slam in the ninth inning for a 13-10 win in a game the Titans trailed, 6-0, after one inning. Corey Jones and Richie Pedroza each had 4 hits to lead the comeback after the Titans went hitless through the first three innings.

Floro pitched near perfect baseball in Stockton in his first collegiate start. His own fielding error with two outs in the eighth set up the only Tigers' scoring and David Hurlbut came on to get the final 4 outs of a 6-2 win and a combined 3-hitter. Pedroza again was a catalyst, scoring the first run in the third inning and driving home another in the fourth.

Daniel Renken improved to 7-2 on Saturday with an 11-8 victory despite allowing 6 runs in 5 innings. Ramirez pitched the final two scoreless innings to repel a Tiger rally and also drove in 4 of the Titan runs in a 15-hit attack. Casey Watkins got a rare start and went 3-for-4.

Four pitchers got hammered by the Tigers on Sunday, each allowing at least 3 runs. Wasted was a 16-hit attack and a combined 7-for-11 performance by Christian Colon and Gary Brown.

INJURY REPORT: All-American right-hander Noe Ramirez (5-1, 3.24 ERA) was cleared by doctors Wednesday afternoon and will move back into the weekend rotation in his normal Friday night slot. Ramirez has missed three starts with a fracture to his left wrist, suffered in a freak fall at practice back on Apr. 14 at Goodwin Field...All-American Tyler Pill (4-4, 3.36 ERA / .359, 4 HR, 32 RBI) is nursing a tired arm and is listed as day-to-day as far as his throwing regimen is concerned... Walker Moore (.236, 0 HR, 10 RBI), who underwent an appendectomy on Apr. 25, has been cleared to resume baseball activity by his doctors and could see some action as soon as this weekend... Infielder/Outfielder Joey Siddons (.298, 0 HR, 12 RBI) is listed as day-to-day with a sore thumb after a hard slide into third base in Sunday's loss at Pacific.

VS. UC RIVERSIDE: The Titans are 23-17 all-time against the Highlanders dating back to the 1978 season. The two teams have been in the Big West together since 2002 and have played to a 11-13 record in favor of Riverside in 24 meetings. At home, the Titans have gone 16-4. The two squads have split the last 18 decisions (9-9) since 2004. Fullerton has won the last two series with the Highlanders under Dave Serrano's guidance and have won the five home series played at Goodwin Field. Last season, the Titans lost the first game of the series at the Riverside Sports Complex, 3-1, before coming back for a 10-inning, 4-1 triumph on Saturday, and an 18-1 route on Sunday.

TITAN TIDBITS:
&\#149; The Titans' season-best nine-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday with an 18-10 loss to Pacific. The 18 runs were not only the most runs given up by the Titan pitching staff this year, but it was the most runs Fullerton has allowed to Pacific since 1975 (86 meetings).
&\#149; Fullerton has won its last seven weekend series, and eight if you count a 3-1 mark at the San Diego State Baseball Tournament.
&\#149; With a 2-1 finish over Pacific last weekend, the Titans hold a 2.5-game lead over UC Irvine for the Big West title. They also hold a 3.5-game lead over third-place UC Riverside.
&\#149; The Titans have won nine of their last 10, and 15 of their last 18.
&\#149; Fullerton has collected 10-or-more hits in the last 10 straight, 12 of 13, and 17 of their last 20 games.
&\#149; Fullerton has racked up 10-or-more runs in six of their last 10 games and have averaged 10.3 runs per game over that span. Currently, the Titans are averaging 11.98 HPG and 7.7 RPG.
&\#149; Corey Jones (.533), Richie Pedroza (.444) and Nick Ramirez (.421) each collected a team-high 8 hits last week in four games with San Diego and Pacific.
&\#149; Corey Jones tallied a team-high seven RBI on the week while Nick Ramirez, Christian Colon and Carlos Lopez drove home six apiece.
&\#149; Fullerton hit .367 as a team last week and held their opponents (San Diego and Pacific) to a .288 average.
&\#149; Seven of the nine Titan starters hit better than .333 with Corey Jones leading the way at .533.
&\#149; Joey Siddons hit .429 last week (6-for-14) and has nearly gotten his average up over the .300 mark for the first time this year. The INF/OF was hitting .139 on March 19 (26 games ago) and now has his average up to .298.
&\#149; The Titans completed their biggest comeback of the year, rallying to come back after San Diego scored six times in the first inning on last Tuesday (Apr. 27). With the win at San Diego, the Titans swept the broken season series, 3-0 with two wins at Cunningham Stadium and one at Goodwin Field.

HITTING STREAK: Sophomore Nick Ramirez became just the seventh Cal State Fullerton baseball player to achieve a 20-game hit streak. On Sunday (May 2), Ramirez had two hits on the day, but legged out an infield single to extend the streak in the second inning in the Titans' loss to Pacific. Ramirez is red hot during the streak, hitting a team-leading .494 (40-for-81) with 12 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 34 RBI. Also, during the streak dating back to the Mar. 27 game vs. Hawaii, Ramirez has walked seven times, picked up two sac-flies and stole two bases in as many tries. The first baseman has accumulated a team-leading .522 on-base percentage over the streak in which the Titans are 16-4.

Hitting streaks of 20-or-more games in CSF history:
1. Brent Mayne (1988), 38 games
2. Spencer Oborn (1999), 37 games
3. Mike Vandeburg (1982), 23 games
Tom Thomas (1983), 23 games
5. Shane Costa (2002), 22 games
6. Blake Davis (2006), 21 games
7. Nick Ramirez (2010), 20 games

ALSO STREAKING: Junior Gary Brown, already having hit in 14- and 10-straight games this year, has another 10-gamer going on coming into the weekend. The center fielder is batting .511 (23-for-45) over the past 10 games that have the Titans going 9-1 over that span. In the 10 games, Brown has eight doubles, a triple, two homers and 14 RBI while also stealing seven bases in eight attempts. Sophomore OF/RHP Tyler Pill has a 7-gamer going (11-for-30, .367, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and freshman INF Richie Pedroza has hit in five straight (11-for-22, .500, two doubles, six RBI).

CAREER MILESTONES: Christian Colon
&\#149; Notched his 200th career hit against UC Davis (currently has 227 - needs 17 to break into the CSF Top 10)
&\#149; Picked up his 100th RBI of his career at UC Santa Barbara (currently has 115)
&\#149; Has now score the 8th-most runs in a career at CSF, crossing the plate 188 times in his three season in pinstripes.
&\#149; His 39 HBP ranks 6th all-time in a CSF career
&\#149; His 458 assists from shortstop ranks 6th all-time in CSF history, just 1 shy of Mark Razook's 459 from 1986-88.

CAREER MILESTONES: Gary Brown
&\#149; Notched his 200th hit against UC Irvine (currently has 226 - needs 18 to break into the CSF Top 10)
&\#149; With 75 career stolen bases, Brown has sole possession of 4th place all-time at CSF and is in sole possession of 7h place in the all-time Big West career record book.
&\#149; His 36 HBPs ranks him tied for 7th all-time in a CSF career with Justin Turner (2003-06)
&\#149; Ranks 2nd all-time with 17 career triples and is just one away from tying the all-time mark. He ranks third all-time in the Big West Conference, and when he ties Fullerton's record, he will also jump to No. 2 in the BWC.

CAREER MILESTONES: Nick Ramirez
&\#149; His 12 career saves place him 10th all-time in the CSF career record book

CAREER MILESTONES: Daniel Renken
&\#149; Daniel Renken has 42 career starts on the mound, ranking him ninth all-time in CSF history. With his next start, he will tie Huck Flener (1988-90) in the No. 8 slot all-time.

CAREER MILESTONES: Dave Serrano
&\#149; Dave Serrano will be coaching his 350th career Div. I game on Saturday, May 8, against UC Riverside.

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