Baseball Season Preview, News and Notes

Jan. 19, 2011

Fullerton, Calif. - With just under a month to go before the Titans' Feb. 18 opener at Long Beach State, we present you with a video season preview as well as some news and notes from in and around Cal State Fullerton baseball.

ON THE AIR: ESPN and the Big West Conference have confirmed that the Sunday, April 10 game between Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine at Goodwin Field will be televised on ESPNU as apart of a two-game package between the network and the Irvine-based conference office. At the request of ESPNU, the Titan/Anteater game time will shift to a 2 p.m. first pitch. The other Big West game to be televised on ESPNU will be the May 8 match-up between Cal Poly and UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark beginning at 2 p.m.

TOUGH SLATE: CollegeBaseballMag.com (formerly Road2Rosenblatt.com) has tabbed Cal State Fullerton's 2011 schedule the best in the nation. Nine of the Top 10 and 16 of the Top 25 teams on their list are west of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with cross-town rival Long Beach State coming in No. 2 on the list.

Related link: Best Schedule in 2011? Titans Earn Top Mark!

IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT... Fourth-year Head Coach Dave Serrano will again be taking part in the ESPN Zone Anaheim Baseball Coaches Cooking Challenge on Jan. 26 in Downtown Disney. Serrano will be defending his 2010 award-winning performance when he took home the medal for "Best Creativity" with his spicy chicken taco dish named "The Hot Corner." Serrano will be one of 12 Southern California Div. I baseball coaches taking part in the third-annual event at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim. Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks will be the master of ceremonies for the event. The event will also serve as a media day, with Serrano fielding questions before and after his scheduled 15 minutes of cooking.

FENCED IN: The latest upgrade to Goodwin Field has been completed. The new \$65,000 outfield fence has been installed and will make its debut to the general public on Jan. 29 at the Alumni game. The 10-foot-high padded wall replaces an all-wood wall that was in pretty bad shape after 12 years of weathering.

The old Goodwin Field wall, installed prior to the 1999 season, saw 399 Titan baseball games with the Titans winning 300 of them. It was a host to 9 NCAA Regionals, and 8 Super Regionals and was part of the home of the 2004 National Champions.

More than 500 home runs sailed over its top with 55 percent of them coming from Titan bats and an average of more than 70,000 people per season looked at it from their seats while watching their team play.

ALUMNI GAME REMINDER: The Titan baseball team will take on its alumni in a 9-inning exhibition on January 29 at Goodwin Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

PROSPECT WATCH: A first-round draft pick a few months ago, former Titan and current Kansas City Royals prospect Christian Colon was named one of MLB.com's Top 10 prospective shortstops. His baseball instincts remain one of his biggest assists and he looks to be on track to start the year in Double-A. Colon was a fairly quick sign for the Royals enabling the rookie to get 60 games in for the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class-A Carolina League. COlon batted .278 with 3 home runs and 30 RBI. Colon played in the off season with the Leons de Ponce in Puerto Rico.

Related link: MLB.com's Prospect Watch: Top 10 Shortstops

The other 2010 Titan first-rounder, Gary Brown, is one of 22 non-roster invitees to San Francisco's big league training camp in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brown was a late sign for the World Series champions in 2010 and batted just .159 in 12 games ending with Salem-Keizer in the Class-A Northwest League Short Season.

Related link: Giants Hand Out 22 Invites to Big League Camp

WHO'S COMING WITH US? If you are traveling on any of the Titans' overnight road trips, visit our recently added travel information page for the latest on the Titans' travel arrangements. On the page are maps to the stadiums and hotels, as well as special hotel pricing when available. There is a lot of information there, so check it out. To access the information, visit the "Travel Information" link in the right-hand sidebar of the baseball page at fullertontitans.com.

Related link: Travel Information

BLOGGING ABOUT THE TITANS: Mark Rafferty of CollegeBaseballDaily.com (formerly TheCollegeBaseballBlog.com spoke with Titan skipper Dave Serrano and wrote about the Titans' prospects in 2011.

Related link: Serrano Preaches Role Acceptance in Titans' 2011 Omaha Bid"