Dec. 26, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton's baseball team will start the 2006 season as the No. 9 team in the country according to Collegiate Baseball, the long-time college baseball publication announced on Friday.
The Titans are coming off of a 46-18 season that saw them miss the College World Series by just one game in 2005, failing to advance past Arizona State in the Super Regionals at Goodwin Field last June.
The defending national champion Texas Longhorns are of course the pre-season No. 1 pick and are looking to defend their title as the Titans did last season. It has not been done since Louisiana State won back-to-back titles in 1996 and 1997. Prior to that, the Titans' first 2006 opponent, Stanford Cardinal won titles in 1987 and 1988.
The Titans will begin play on Feb. 3 in Palo Alto, Calif. against No. 25 Cardinal, one of five ranked teams (No. 5 Rice, No. 13 Pepperdine, No. 16 Long Beach State, No. 21 USC, No. 25. Stanford) Fullerton will face off against in 2006.
For the entire Collegiate Baseball pre-season poll, visit their web site at www.baseballnews.com
Collegiate Baseball's pre-season top ten: Texas (1), Florida (2), Oregon St. (3), Nebraska (4), Rice (5), Clemson (6), North Carolina (7), Florida State (8), Fullerton (9), Georgia Tech (10).