Dec. 21, 2007
Tucson, AZ - Two months and a day before the first pitch of the season, Collegiate Baseball became the first of a handful of preseason baseball polls to be released. The Tucson-based publication tabbed the 2008 Cal State Fullerton Titans 16th in the nation in its annual Fabulous 40 preseason poll.
Collegiate Baseball named its hometown University of Arizona as the team to beat, giving the Wildcat program top billing for the first time in school's history Friday morning. Fullerton will take on the Wildcats in a three-game series in Tucson from Mar. 14-16.
Other 2008 Fullerton opponents peppered the Fabulous 40 including San Diego (7), Long Beach State (17), UCLA (18), UC Irvine (26), Pepperdine (29), Southern Mississippi (34) and UC Riverside (35).
Led by first-year Head Coach Dave Serrano, the Titan baseball program will open a new chapter in 2008 armed with a handful of returning starters, and some highly-touted newcomers. The Titans will begin the 2008 campaign on Feb. 22 at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Titans posted a 38-25 overall record in 2007 and matched their worst-ever conference finish (tying Larry Cochell's 5th place 1989 Titans) with a 10-11 record, but found its way into the playoffs with high-profile regular season series wins over ranked UCLA, Rice, Long Beach State and Wichita State.
After sweeping through the Regional and Super Regional (5-0), the Titans found themselves at the College World Series for the 15th time in school history and the fourth time in the last five years.