TUCSON, Ariz.--- Cal State Fullerton has been placed at No. 12 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's initial Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason poll, the publication released on Tuesday. The Titans are coming off a 2017 campaign that saw them reach the College World Series for the 18th time in program history.
Cal State Fullerton has now been ranked within the top 23 in all 20 preseason polls since Collegiate Baseball implemented its own preseason poll before the 1999 season. Fullerton is the second highest ranked team on the west coast, only behind fellow 2017 Omaha participant No. 2 Oregon State.
In addition, Fullerton leads a group of five Big West squads that have been placed in the preseason rankings, as Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly and UC Irvine are all receiving votes in the poll. The five preseason rankings from the Big West is coming on the heels of a magical 2017 campaign that saw both LBSU and Fullerton advance all the way to the Super Regionals, while the Titans advanced to Omaha for the second time in three seasons.
For the Titans, it'll be a good mix of returners and newcomers that should make up a team worthy of its top-12 preseason ranking. Fullerton welcomes back two all-conference performers from a year ago in sophomore Sahid Valenzuela and junior Brett Conine. The Titans will also be under the leadership of four-time Big West Coach of the Year Rick Vanderhook, who enters his seventh season as head coach.
Fans will get their first opportunity to see the 2018 Titans on Jan 27 at Goodwin Field, as Fullerton will hold its annual Alumni Game at 1 pm PST.
Titans All-Time in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll
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