May 14, 2009
PLAY BALL!: The No. 5-ranked Titans have a rare 3-game week, playing only a non-conference series with UCLA which features a Friday night game at Goodwin Field and then two contests at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Westwood.
Fullerton had a 4-1 record last week with five remarkably similar scores. The Titans beat Arizona twice, 5-2, and 8-4, and then won two of three in a Big West Conference series at Cal Poly, winning 8-4 and 7-3 before losing, 7-4. UCI has clinched the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament while the Titans have moved 1 1/2 games ahead of third-place Cal Poly and 2 1/2 games ahead of fourth-place Long Beach State. Those two teams play a series this weekend in Long Beach.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (7-2, 2.35 ERA)
UCLA: RHP, Gerrit Cole (4-5, 3.34 ERA)
CSF: RHP, Noe Ramirez (6-1, 2.91 ERA)
UCLA: RHP, Trevor Bauer (8-3, 2.68 ERA)
UCLA: Tyler Pill (8-2, 3.61 ERA)
UCLA: RHP, Charles Brewer (3-5, 3.96 ERA)
TITANS IN THE POLLS
Baseball America: 5
Collegiate Baseball: 5
USA Today/ESPN Coaches: 7
VERSUS UCLA: The Titans are are 54-24-2 all-time against the Bruins dating back to their first Div. I meeting in 1975. The Titans are 8-3 against the Bruins in the post season including three meetings in last year's Fullerton Regional. After an 11-0 win over Rider, the Titans dropped their second game of the tournament to the Bruins 11-4, then came back to beat them on back-to-back days, 11-8 and 5-4, to advanced to the Super Regionals. Last year, the Titans were 5-1 total against the Bruins, also beating them in three midweek match-ups, twice when the Bruins were the No. 3 team in the country. Fullerton has beat UCLA 32 times in their last 38 meetings dating back to the 1992 season. Under fifth-year Head Coach John Savage the Bruins are just 2-14 against the Titans, going 2-9 at Goodwin Field and 0-5 at Jackie Robinson Stadium dating back to 2005.
TITANS AT HOME:
&\#149; The Titans are 15-8 (.652) This year at Goodwin Field. The worst single-season record at home is 20-11 (.645) in 2000. The Titans have five more regular season games on the schedule.
&\#149; The Titans have outscored their opponents 143-112 at home.
&\#149; The sweep of UC Santa Barbara two weekends ago was the first Big West Conference series win at Goodwin Field for the Titans in 2009. Previously, the Titans lost a pair of Big West series against UC Irvine and Pacific.
&\#149; Christian Colon, at .419, is hitting 90 points higher than the next best home hitter, Khris Davis, at home.
&\#149; Christian Colon leads the team with 36 hits at Goodwin Field with five doubles, a triple and three home runs.
&\#149; Jared Clark has a whopping 26 RBI at Goodwin Field this year, and has also hit three home runs. Khris Davis is the only hitter with more home runs at home with five.
&\#149; From the mound, Daniel Renken and Tyler Pill have each collected three wins, with Renken baffling hitters with a .185 batting average against and a miniscule 1.96 ERA in 41.1 IP.
&\#149; The Titans have drawn 48,387 fans in attendance over 23 dates at Goodwin Field this year for an average of 2,103 per game.
&\#149; Gary Brown has a nine-game home hitting streak. Joey Siddons has a six-gamer.
MORE ON GAMES AT GOODWIN FIELD:
&\#149; The Titans won their 400th game at Goodwin Field on May 3, with a 15-3 win over UC Santa Barbara. The Titans are now 402-130 (.756) all-time at Goodwin Field (formerly Titan Field) dating back to the 1992 season.
&\#149; The 2003 Titans posted the best home record in the 18-year history of the park, going 32-3 (.914)
&\#149; Goodwin Field has been the setting for seven NCAA Regionals (with Fullerton winning six of them) since the first in 2000.
&\#149; The home of the Titans has also played host for seven Super Regionals since the first on in 2001. The Titans have advanced to Omaha with Super Regional wins five times in front of home crowds.
TITANS ON THE ROAD:
&\#149; The Titans are 19-5 in true road games this year, and 21-5 if you include their two wins over Rhode Island at Oklahoma State (listed as a neutral game).
&\#149; In 26 games away from Goodwin Field, the Titans have outscored their opponents 198-72
&\#149; Josh Fellhauer (.448, 47 H, 5 2B, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 10 SB) and Jared Clark (.402, 39 H, 9 2Bs, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 10 SB) are the two top producers for Fullerton away from Goodwin Field.
&\#149; Brown has stolen 12 of his 19 total stolen bases on the road, and has been caught just twice on the road (12-for-14).
&\#149; Freshmen Tyler Pill (5-1) and Noe Ramirez (6-0) have combined to go 11-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 99.0 innings. The duo has also combined for 74 strikeouts and just 16 walks and a combined .218 batting average against.
&\#149; Before a Mother's Day loss to Cal Poly, the Titans had won nine consecutive games on the road (season high).
&\#149; Christian Colon has hit in his last 10 road games, and Gary Brown has hit in his last seven.
AMONG THE NATION'S LEADERS:
&\#149;The Titans rank 4th in the country in hit by pitches (96), sacrifice bunts (64) and ERA (3.47)
&\#149; At 8.13 hits allowed per nine innings, the Titan pitching staff ranks 7th in the country in the category.
&\#149;The Titans' .976 fielding percentage is the country's 9th best fielding percentage.
&\#149;Fullerton ranks 11th in the country in fewest walks per nine innings (2.7). Big West competitor UC Riverside leads the nation issuing just 2.33 walks pr game.
&\#149; Junior Khris Davis ranks in the nations top 10 in doubles per game (7th, 0.49) and total doubles (5th, 23).
&\#149; Sophomore Gary Brown's six triples ranks him 14th in the nation
&\#149; Senior Jared Clark ranks 36th in the nation in RBI with 62
&\#149; Senior Joe Scott leads the nation in both sacrifice bunts (21) and sacrifice bunts per game (0.43)
&\#149;Senior Jared Clark is three sacrifice flies off the nation's lead, ranking 7th in the country with eight sacrifice flies.
&\#149; Sophomore Daniel Renken has the 13th best ERA in the country at 2.35 and ranks 14th in fewest hits alowed per nine innings (6.62)
&\#149; Tyler Pill's 8 wins ranks 21st in the country, and is 12th in the nation with 1.2 walks per nine innings.
VANDERHOOK'S RETURN TO GOODWIN: A familiar face will make its way back to Goodwin Field Friday night, as former long-time Titan Assistant Coach Rick Vanderhook makes his return to Goodwin Field in a UCLA uniform. Vanderhook is in his first season with the Bruins after a year away from the game.
For 21 years Vanderhook was a key evaluator of talent and was instrumental in the success of the Fullerton program that amassed 11 conference crowns, 11 Regional championships, five Super Regional triumphs, nine trips to the College World Series and two national championships with him on the coaching staff.
Vanderhook was also a member of the Titans' 1984 national championship team as a player, making him the only on-field personnel to earn three of the four CSF national championship rings (1984, 1995, 2004).
Hook last made an appearance at Goodwin Field on May 10, 2008 when he was inducted into the Titans' Ring of Honor with former long-time Head Coach George Horton, for their contributions to Titan baseball over the years. The two threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game versus Cal Poly.