June 2, 2006
Tucson, Ariz. - Cal State Fullerton's Wes Roemer was named Co-National Player of the Year by Tucson-based Collegiate Baseball Friday morning, the second Titan to earn the honor by the long-time baseball publication. Roemer, the 2006 Big West Pitcher of the Year joined the Colonial Conference's Player of the Year, Kellen Kulbacki (James Madison) as the country's best collegiate baseball players.
The other Titan to earn Collegiate Baseball's top honor was Mark Kotsay in 1995.
The Titan right-hander Roemer did the unthinkable -- pitching 65 2/3 innings to start the season without giving up a walk as the Titans' Friday night starter. Heading into Regional action, he sports an 11-1 record, 2.01 ERA, having struck out struck out 113 opponents, with only 4 walks in 125 2/3 innings. Kulbacki was second in the nation in hitting (.464 batting average), No. 1 in homers (24), No. 4 in RBI per game (75 in 53 games), and No. 1 in slugging percentage (.943).
In addition, this year marks the 10th year that Louisville Slugger has sponsored the Division I Collegiate Baseball All-Americans, and three Titans earned the honor for their performances in 2006.
Turner in his fourth season in a Titan uniform has been key to a Titan defense that has is ranked fifth best in the nation with a .977 team fielding percentage. The Fullerton star posted 88 hits in the regular season to lead the Big West Conference helping him to a Co-Player of the Year Award. Turner hit .359 with four home runs and 37 RBI.
Pestano was among the nation's leaders in save the entire season posting 13 of them with a 0.97 ERA in 37 innings before suffering an arm injury that has kept him off the mound since May 10. Pestano has struck out 43 opponents and has held them to just a .143 batting average.
The Titans now have 67 All-Americans to their credit
Roemer becomes the sixth National player of the Year for Cal State Fullerotn joining Tim Wallach (1979), Phil Nevin (1992), Mark Kotsay ( two-times in1995) and Kurt Suzuki (2004).