December 20, 2012

Titans Ranked No. 23 in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

Collegiate Baseball Poll

TUCSON, Ariz. – Cal State Fullerton has been ranked No. 23 in Collegiate Baseball's annual Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason baseball poll, it was announced today.

The Titans were one of two Big West programs ranked in the poll, as UC Irvine was picked at No. 30. Arkansas was ranked No. 1 in the preseason ratings, while 2012 College World Series champion Arizona was selected at No. 18.
Fullerton returns to the field after finishing the 2012 season with a record of 36-21, and ending the season with a 3-0 loss to Austin Peay in the Eugene Regional.

CSF won its 26th conference title in 2012, and made its 34th postseason appearance. The Titans finished the year ranked 21st in the final Baseball America Top-25 poll.

The Titans return a very experienced squad from the 2012 season, including All-American Michael Lorenzen and Big West Freshman of the Year, Matt Chapman. In addition, all-conference first team 2012 selections Richy Pedroza and Carlos Lopez are expected to return to the Titan lineup along with second team pick Anthony Hutting.

On the mound, right-hander Grahamm Wiest (5-5, 3.12) returns as well as Big West second team pick Willie Kuhl. The right-hander made 18 relief appearances in 2012, striking out 36 in 26 and 2/3 innings.

Cal State Fullerton assembled a challenging schedule for the 2013 season. The schedule features 26 home games at Goodwin Field and 20 different opponents, including seven programs that advanced to last season's NCAA Division I Baseball tournament, and six teams that are ranked in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll (No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Oregon, No. 12 San Diego, No. 15 TCU, No. 30 UC Irvine, No. 40 Pepperdine).

In addition, Titan fans will get the opportunity to watch Cal State Fullerton's freshman class, which was ranked the No. 23 recruiting class in the nation, according to Baseball America's annual evaluation.

Highlights of the schedule include Goodwin Field hosting series against 2012 postseason participants, Oregon (Mar. 1-3) and Texas A&M (Mar. 8-10). Nebraska will also travel to Fullerton twice, for a doubleheader on Feb. 16 and back-to-back contests on March 19-20.

Season ticket packages and single-game tickets are currently on sale for the 2013 campaign