Nov. 6, 2006
Anaheim, Calif. - Family, friends and fans gathered at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim Sunday evening to celebrate the 2006 Cal State Fullerton Baseball team, as they met one last time as a unit in the team's annual awards banquet.
Over 200 gathered for the celebration emceed by Head Coach George Horton (celebrating his 29th wedding anniversary), who honored the team that finished 50-15 and played its way to Omaha and the College World Series for the 14th time in the program's history.
After introducing the 2006 Titans as a group, Horton and the coaching staff presented individual awards from the lengthy honor roll that included four All-Americans, 13 All-Conference honorees, an All-Big West Conference Pitcher and Player of the Year, a District Player of the Year and a National Player of the Year.
The ceremony climaxed with the presentation of framed jerseys to the nine departing seniors, and the player-voted team awards, each with heart-felt commentary by the 11th-year head coach.
Jared Clark picked up the Most Improved Academic Achievement Award, while Bryan Harris earned the Outstanding Academic Achievement honor. Matthew Fahey was voted Most Improved Player by his teammates, while Joe Turgeon and Justin Turner were given the Team Captian Award. Senior bullpen catcher Eric Echevarria and reserve outfielder, Turgeon, were named Best Teammate for their five years of service in program. Evan McArthur was voted Most Outstanding Defensive Player, while Blake Davis and Justin Turner shared the honor of Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Sophomore Wes Roemer, won the Most Valuable Pitcher honor and Justin Turner, took home the Tim Wallach Most Valuable Player plaque.
The evening concluded as all the departing players joined on stage as the long-time second baseman, Turner, spoke on behalf of his teammates, thanking the coaches, administration and families for their love and support throughout each of their careers.