Fullerton to Host Santa Clara for the First Time This Weekend

May 20, 2010

PLAY BALL: The Titans finish the regular season with seven home games before entering NCAA Tournament play for the 19th year in a row and 32nd time in the program's 36-year Div. I history.

A 3-game sweep at Long Beach State over the weekend combined with a UC Irvine loss on Sunday to UC Santa Barbara clinched a Big West Conference co-championship for the Titans. By virtue of a head-to-head tie-breaker, the automatic NCAA berth goes to the Titans, who need only one win or one UCI loss to claim their 24th conference title outright.

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THIS WEEKEND:
Fri., May 21 vs. Santa Clara (Goodwin Field), 7 p.m. - GT / AUDIO / BWTV
CSF: RHP, Noe Ramirez (7-1, 3.15 ERA)
SC: RHP Nate Garcia (3-8, 6.31 ERA)

Sat., May 22 vs. Santa Clara (Goodwin Field), 7 p.m. - GT / AUDIO / BWTV
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (9-2, 3.96 ERA)
SC: RHP Alex Rivers (5-7, 4.43 ERA)

Sun., May 23 vs. Santa Clara (Goodwin Field), 3:30 p.m. - GT / AUDIO / BWTV
CSF: RHP, Dylan Floro (5-0, 2.79 ERA)
SC: RHP Chris Mendoza (4-4, 4.67 ERA)

GT = Follow the game via CBS College Sports' Gametracker
AUDIO = Listen for free on fullertontitans.com
BWTV - Video on BigWest.tv (subscription needed)

VS. SANTA CLARA: Cal State Fullerton and Santa Clara have met just two times in their history dating back to the 1978 season and both walked away with a shutout (1-1 all-time record). Both meeting came in postseason play. The Titans won the first meeting at the USC Regional, 4-0, but dropped the second meeting, 5-0, at the Stanford Regional in 1997. Mike Lamb, Steve Chatham and Chris Beck had the only three singles in that game in Palo Alto, as Bronco hurler Mike Frank tossed 8.0 3-hit innings for the win. Frank also hitting for himself, hit a 3-run home run to help himself out.

WELCOME HOME: Former Titan player, team captain and assistant coach, Chad Baum, makes his rerun to Goodwin Field for the first time since joining the Broncos staff as an assistant in 2007. The veteran of four College World Series appearances with the Titans, hit .250 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI in two seasons (1998-99) as a player, and then served as George Horton's volunteer assistant coach from 2001-04. Baum went on to UC Irvine as an assistant after Dave Serrano accepted the job as head coach there following the 2004 season, and spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons with the Anteaters. One of Baum's biggest claims to fame is probably All-American, national player of the year and current major leaguer Kurt Suzuki, who was his pupil while at Fullerton in 2003 and 2004. Baum has been in charge of catchers throughout his 10-year coaching career.

CONFERENCE CHAMPS: The Titans, who were picked to win the Big West Conference in the preseason coaches poll, earned at least a share of the Big West Crown with a win over Long Beach State on Sunday with the help of a UC Irvine loss to UC Santa Barbara. It is Cal State Fullerton's eighth Big West title (shared or outright) in the last 12 years and is the program's 24th in its 36-year existence at the Div. I level. The Titans also earned the automatic bid to the NCAA postseason as they hold the tie-breaker with a series win over UC Irvine back in April. The Titans need just one more conference win, or one conference loss by UC Irvine to win the league outright.

POSTSEASON PROWESS: Fullerton will be making its 32nd postseason appearance in 36 years at the Div. I level and will play in its 19th straight tournament come June. Only Miami (37 years) and Florida State (32 years) have longer active streaks than the Titans. Fullerton is 85-34 (.714) all-time in regional play, 15-6 (.714) in Super Regional action, and 34-27 (.557) in 16 College World Series appearances. The Titans are 134-67 (.667) all-time in the NCAA postseason.

CONTINUED EXCELLENCE: The Titans notched their 30th win AND secured a winning record for the 36th straight season at the Div. I level on May 9 against UC Riverside. The only team to win as few as 30 games was the 1989 squad skippered by Larry Cochell. The Titans have never had a losing season at the Div. I level.

Ricky Hazel (Troy SID) put together a list of active 30-win seasons. Fullerton comes in tied for third with Clemson behind Arizona State and Miami. Pepperdine, looks like they might see their 32-year streak ended this season.

Consecutive 30+ win seasons (active): 1. Arizona State - 48; 2. Miami - 40; 3. Clemson and Cal State Fullerton - 36; 5. Pepperdine - 32 (but 20-27 in 2010)

TITAN FIRST ROUNDERS: With the possibilities of adding one or more Titans to this list this June, some have asked, "how many first-rounders have the Titans had?" The answer: 10. Cal State Fullerton has seen its share of No. 1 draft picks over its 36-year Div. I history. The first one was Tim Wallach in 1979. Since then, the Titans are averaging one top pick every 2.8 years. The last Titan taken in the first round was Ricky Romero, who was selected first by the Blue Jays in June, 2005. Titan First rounders are - Tim Wallach (Montreal, 1979), Bob Caffrey (Montreal, 1984), Mike Harkey (Chicago Cubs, 1987), Brent Mayne (Kansas City, 1989), Phil Nevin (Houston, 1992), Dante Powell (San Francisco, 1994), Mark Kotsay (Florida, 1996), Adam Johnson (Minnesota, 2000), Chad Cordero (Montreal, 2003), and Ricky Romero (Toronto, 2005). Fullerton has also had two players (Aaron Rowand and Wes Roemer) taken in the supplemental round between the 1st and 2nd rounds.

CULTIVATING PROFESSIONAL TALENT: According to Baseball America's Aaron Fittt (thanks for the research), Cal State Fullerton has been a pipeline to the major league farm system over the past 10 years, producing 80 draft selections. Behind the Titans are Rice (78), Arizona State (77), Long Beach (69), and Miami (69), rounding out the Top 5.

DRAFT DODGERS: The Titans have 10 players on their current roster who have been drafted over the last three seasons. Four were selected in 2007, 1 in 2008, and 5 just last season.

Christian Colon (2007), 10th round, San Diego
Gary Brown (2007), 12th round, Oakland
Dylan Floro (2009), 20th round, Tampa Bay
Geno Escalante (2009), 28th round, Milwaukee
Daniel Renken (2007), 35th round, Colorado
Kevin Rath (2007), 38th round, Oakland
Tyler Pill (2008), 38th round, Colorado
Anthony Hutting (2009), 38th round, Texas
David Hurlbut (2009), 42nd round, Minnesota
Ivory Thomas (2009), 42nd round, Houston