Titans to Take on Anteaters in Split Non-Conference Series

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Feb. 15, 2006

RECORD: 3-3 (0-0)
BASEBALL AMERICA POLL: 9
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL: 12
LAST FIVE GAMES: 3-2
LAST 10 GAMES: 3-3
STREAK: 3 WINS

LAST WEEK:
Feb. 10 - Win, 9-1 vs. UNLV (Goodwin Field)
Feb. 12 - Win, 14-3 vs. UNLV (Goodwin Field)
Feb. 12 - Win, 3-1 vs. UNLV (Goodwin Field)

THIS WEEK:
Feb. 17 - @ UC Irvine, 6 p.m., at Anteater Ballpark (GT, WEB)
Feb. 18 - vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m., at Goodwin Field (GT, WEB)
Feb. 19 - vs. UC Irvine, 1 p.m., at Goodwin Field (GT, WEB)

(KSPA - AM 1510, WEB - fullertontitans.com, GT - GameTracker)

TITANS ON THE AIR: All of the Cal State Fullerton baseball games in 2006 will be broadcast live via the web on fullertontitans.com by the voice of the Titans Justin Alderson. Also, in conjunction with Alderson Broadcasting, select Titan games will be broadcast on KSPA radio and can be heard on AM 1510. You can also follow most games via GameTracker on fullertontitans.com with a simple click of your mouse. Just point your browser to our web site and follow the links form there.

PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION:
Friday
CSF - Wes Roemer, (1-0, 1.20 ERA)
UCI - Justin Cassel, (0-1, 8.00 ERA)

Saturday
CSF - Lauren Gagnier (1-1, 4.97 ERA)
UCI - Scott Gorgen (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Sunday
CSF - Jared Clark (0-0, 10.80 ERA)
UCI - Glenn Swanson, (1-1, 2.00 ERA)

LAST WEEK'S WRAP UP: The Titans got back on track this past weekend taking three games from UNLV at home and improved to 3-3 on the season. The Titans are currently ranked No. 9 by Baseball America and No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball.

Behind a solid second outing by pitcher Wes Roemer, the Titans took care of the Rebels 9-1 in Friday night's affair. Roemer struck out nine over eight innings to improve to 1-0, while freshman David Cooper helped out with a 2-for-2 performance driving in a trio of Titans. Brett Pill was also 4-for-5 with four singles.

Saturday the Titans pounded out 15 hits en route to a 13-4 victory. Dustin Miller (1-1) was the benefactor of the explosive offense, as he picked up his first win since June 8, 2003 in his return to Goodwin Field. Miller has been sidelined with arm injuries the past two seasons. He threw 4.1 innings in relief of starter Jared Clark, scattering just two hits. Justin Turner was 3-for-5, and Pill drove in a game-high three runners with a pair of hits including the Titans' first home run of the year.

Yet again, a balk proved to be the game-winning run on Sunday, as Bryan Harris scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of sixth, with the Titans going on to complete the sweep with a 3-1 victory. Cory Vanderhook and Evan McArthur provided a pair of RBI. Lauren Gagnier improved to 1-1 as he pitched a strong 6.2 innings, while Vinnie Pestano converted his first save opportunity over the last 2.1.

Brett Pill earned Big West Player of the Week honors by going 7-for-11 (.636) on the weekend including a homer, a double, and three RBI.

BATTER UP: The Titans jump in the polls to No. 9 in Baseball America and 12 Collegiate Baseball after a three game sweep of UNLV last weekend but have Big West Conference foes standing in their way. The Titans and the UC IrvineAnteaters will face off for a non-conference split-series this weekend, first at Anteater Ballpark for Friday night's match-up, then back home for a pair of weekend games on Saturday and Sunday at Goodwin Field. Fullerton took two of three from Dave Serrano's ball club last season and look to win its second straight series.

THE ANTEATERS: Head Coach Dave Serrano's Anteaters will meet up with former mentor George Horton's Titans with a 4-3 overall record. The Anteaters are coming of a 1-2 weekend that saw them drop a pair of games to Hawaii as they were held to just five runs on 15 hits on the weekend.

VERSUS THE ANTEATERS: The Titans lead the all-time series against the Anteaters holding a 59-14 advantage since 1976 with Fullerton holding a two-game winning streak with a pair of victories last season in Big West Conference play. Fullerton is 9-3 against Irvine in the George Horton Era, dating back to the 1997 season.

Last season saw the return of former Titan Assistant Coach Dave Serrano to Goodwin Field, this time as the Head Coach of the Anteaters. Serrano earned his first career conference win against the Titans with a 5-1 victory over Ricky Romero and the Titans.

2005 RESULTS vs. UC IRVINE

Apr. 1: UCI 5, CSF 1, LP - Ricky Romero
Apr. 2: CSF 6, UCI 1, WP - Wes Roemer
Apr. 3: CSF 6, UCI 5 - WP - Lauren Gagnier

COOOOOOPER: Freshman David Cooper is making quite an impression in his first season as a Titan posting a six-game hitting streak to start the season, hitting .538 to boot. Cooper was 4-for-7 with two doubles and four RBI in last weekend's series versus UNLV. The youngster is also been the No. 1 guy off the bench going 3-for-4 in pinch-hit opportunities. Cooper has the second-best batting average in the Big West Conference.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Titans got representation on the Player/Pitcher of the Week board for the first time in 2006 when Brett Pill earned this weeks honor. The 2006 Wallace Watch List member Pill broke out of a 1-for-12 slump this past weekend hitting .636 (7-for-11) in three games at first base for the Titans. The big right hander went 4-for-5 in Friday night's clash with UNLV, then followed it up with a 2-for-4 night against the Rebels on Saturday. He hit his first home run of the year and chased it with a double, driving in three along the way. The junior also drew three walks, hit a SAC fly, stole a base and scored three runs over the weekend, as the Titans went on to sweep UNLV at home 3-0.

PESTANO AND THE PEN: Closer Vinnie Pestano got his first chance at saving a game on Sunday afternoon versus the Rebels of UNLV, and the junior right-hander converted like he did 13 times in 2005. Pestano went on to strike out three over 2.1 innings of work to pick up save No. 1.

Pestano and the entire bullpen have been fabulous through the first six games posting a 1.33 ERA in 20.1 innings. Six of the eight Titan relievers used have not allowed an earned run, with only Dustin Miller and Bryan Harris surrendering runs. Opposing hitters are batting just .179 against them (12-for-67). Versus UNLV, the relievers allowed just four hits and a run in 10 innings of work, fanning eight along the way.

SCORELESS STREAK: Reliever John Estes has been used sparingly over his career as a Titan, but the big southpaw has put together a bit of a streak over the past two seasons. Estes has tossed 14.2 consecutive innings in relief dating back to his first appearance of 2005 where he allowed just one earned run on Mar. 1 at San Diego State. John has struck out 10 in his 12 appearances during the streak. So far in 2006, Estes has pitched 3.1 innings and has struck out two in two appearances, holding the opposing batters to a .100 batting average.

ROEM IF YOU WANT TO: Sophomore Wes Roemer, for the second week in a row, proved he is the right guy in the Friday night slot, tossing eight innings of four-hit baseball earning his first win of 2006. The righty flirted with a no-hitter for 5.1 innings before allowing a bloop hit to break up the bid and struck out nine before being lifted after the eighth. He has continuously pounded the strike zone in his first two starts, accumulating 17 strikeouts without allowing a base on balls in 17 innings spotting his good fastball and letting hitter chase his slider. Roemer has a 1.20 ERA and a .154 average against him.

RED-Y, STEADY, GO! Senior Justin Turner kicked it up a notch last weekend against the rebels, going 6-for-12 at the plate (.500) collecting a double, a triple, three stolen bases while scoring four runs in the three-game sweep. "Red" has moved up to lead the team in many offensive categories after six games including: average (.435), hits (10) and stolen bases (3). Turner continues to be a vacuum at second base, failing to commit and error thus far.

WALKS AND BALKS: Dustn Garneau walked with the bases loaded in his first plate appearance as a Titan, driving in his first career run without recording an official at bat... The Titans for the third time in nine games had a game decided on a balk with a runner at third on Sunday when UNLV pitcher balked home the eventual winning run in Bryan Harris. Fulleton lost a game on a walk-off balk by Harris at Stanford Feb. 4 in an eerie déjà vu of Last year's Super Regional win at Goodwin Field on June 10, 2005.

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK: He's been here for years - senior Dustin Miller is back. The 2003 Freshman All-American was the beneficiary of the Titan 14-run explosion last Saturday evening versus UNLV. Miller pitched 4.1 innings in relief of starter Jared Clark, earning his first win since June 8, 2003 (Super Regional vs. Arizona State). Miller has missed the past two seasons due to various arm injuries, with the last requiring season ending surgery in the fall of 2004. He improves to 1-1 on the season in his third appearance for the Titans.

PLAYER RANKINGS: baseballamerica.com has ranked the 50 top baseball players in the country by class, naming three Titans to its list of 200. Danny Dorn has been listed as the No. 1 senior in college baseball after being drafted in the 23rd round by the Devil Rays last season. Justin Turner also makes that list as the No. 7 player in the country. Turner was drafted by the Yankees in the 29th round, both he and Dorn turned down significant money to return to the Fullerton program. Second-year player Wes Roemer moves into the Friday night starter role as BA's 46th-best sophomore.

ROSENBLATTREPORT.COM: A new college baseball site has emerged run by long-time college baseball follower Kendall Rogers in conjunction with rivals.com. Vinnie Pestano (second-team), and Blake Davis (third-team) have made the Report's list of pre-season All-Americans. The Titans started the year as the No. 9 team by Rosenblattreport.com and are currently sitting 12th in their poll.

ACCORDING TO BOYDSWORLD: The web site boydsworld.com, a site packed with statistical analysis, has come up with a list of stats on returning players and their career stats. Titan left fielder Danny Dorn is named a few times on the list coming into his fourth season with the Titans. He leads all players returning to their teams this season in career RBI with 163, five more that Minnesota's Andy Hunter. He also places fourth in games played, fifth in runs. Fellow senior Justin Turner ranks among college returners in games played (2nd, 188) and at bats (3rd, 721).

WATCH LISTS: Cal State Fullerton baseball standouts Brett Pill, Blake Davis and Wes Roemer have all been named to the 2006 Wallace Watch List as announced by the College Baseball Foundation. The trio of Titans join a group of 120 athletes, all in the running for the Brooks Wallace Award (formerly the Smith Award), an award presented to the country's top collegiate baseball player. Former Titan Kurt Suzuki was the inaugural recipient in 2004. Additionally, Vinnie Pestano was named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch List, joining 40 other pitchers looking to garner the nation's top pitcher award.

PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS: Both Cal State Fullerton shortstop Blake Davis and closer Vinnie Pestano were named third-team preseason All-Americans in December. Davis was names to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America's (NCBWA) list while Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball tabbed Pestano to theirs.

WEARING RED, WHITE AND BLUE: Junior shortstop Blake Davis (Fountain Valley, Calif.) became the Titans' 15th representative on the US National Team last summer, hitting .275 (14-for-51) in 20 games in the middle infield. The scrappy left-handed hitter also legged a pair of triples for the Stars and Stripes after knocking a team-leading eight for the Titans in 2005. The USA went on to post a 16-4 overall record. The USA Baseball National Team consists of top collegiate baseball players from around the country and plays a schedule of exhibition games across America and overseas, versus the world's top baseball talent.

LEADERS OF THE PACK: The Cal State Fullerton baseball team has been picked to win their third straight Big West Conference title according to the Pre-Season Big West Conference Coaches Poll. The Titans received seven of the eight first place votes beating out Long Beach State by ten points for the league's top spot. Cal Poly received the other first place vote but was picked to finish fourth behind UC Irvine. The Titans return five of their eight position players from last season including All-Big West honorees Blake Davis, Brett Pill, Justin Turner and Danny Dorn. 2005 Big West Coach of the Year George Horton also has the likes of 2005 Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year Wes Roemer and league honorable mention Vinnie Pestano leading the Fullerton arms from the mound.

BIG WEST PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Cal State Fullerton 63 (7)
2. Long Beach State 53
3. UC Irvine 42
4. Cal Poly 41 (1)
5. UC Riverside 35
6. Pacific 26
7. UC Santa Barbara 20
8. Cal State Northridge 8

Parentheses indicates first place votes.

A WINNING TRADITION: Fullerton has won 40-or-more games in 21 of its 31 seasons at the Division I level. The Titans have never won less than 30 games or finished the season with a losing record, as Larry Cochell's 1989 Titans captured the lowest win total in the school's history with a 30-27 record.

TOURNEY TALK: The Titans have made 27 NCAA Regional appearances in their 31-year Division I history and have not missed the playoffs since 1991. The 14-year run is the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. Only Miami (33), Florida State (28), Clemson (19), and LSU (17) have longer streaks. Fullerton has advanced to Omaha 13 times, winning the College World Series in 1979, 1984, 1995 and 2004.

TITANS IN THE DRAFT: Five Titans out of a record-setting 14 drafted in the 2005 MLB draft return to Fullerton for another year. Danny Dorn and Justin Turner have turned down significant signing bonus money to comeback to play their senior year in pinstripes.John Curtis, Brett Pill and Blake Davis all return for their junior season.

Danny Dorn, Tampa Bay, 23rd round (688 overall)
John Curtis, Cleveland, 29th round (874 overall)
Justin Turner, New York (Y), 29th round (889 overall)
Brett Pill, New York (Y), 45th round (1,362 overall)
Blake Davis, Cleveland, 46th round (1,377 overall)

TITANS IN THE BIGS: Shane Costa (2001-2003) made his major league debut on June 2, 2005, with the Kansas City Royals, making him the 41st Titan to be called up to the show and 40th to actually participate in a game. Had former Titan reliever Luis Estrella (1996) made an appearance in 2003 with the San Francisco Giants all the numbers would jibe, but his cup of coffee in the bigs ended before throwing a pitch. Including Costa, nine former Titans currently occupy roster spots in the Major Leagues: 2005 Major League saves leader and All-Star, Chad Cordero (WAS), Reed Johnson (TOR), Mark Kotsay (OAK), Mike Lamb (HOU), Phil Nevin (TEX), 2005 World Series Champion Aaron Rowand (PHI), Kirk Saarloos (OAK), and Matt Wise (MIL). Former Titan Andre David (1979-1980) is also in the bigs, serving in his second season as the hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals.