Titans Begin Split Series With UCLA Friday Night

Feb. 24, 2006

Fullerton, Calif. -

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RECORD: 5-4 (0-0)
BASEBALL AMERICA POLL: 9
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL: 14
LAST FIVE GAMES: 4-1
LAST 10 GAMES: 5-4
STREAK: Lost 1

LAST WEEK:
Feb. 17 - @ UC Irvine, W, 13-7
Feb. 18 - vs. UC Irvine, W, 5-2
Feb. 19 - vs. UC Irvine, L, 7-4

THIS WEEK: Feb. 21 - vs. Waseda University, 5 p.m. at Goodwin Field (exhibition)
Feb. 24 - @ UCLA, 6 p.m., at Jackie Robinson Stadium (GT, WEB)
Feb. 25 - vs. UCLA, 6 p.m., at Goodwin Field (GT, WEB)
Feb. 26 - vs. UCLA, 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 and/or Todd Reeves. 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, (2-0, 1.71)
UCLA - Hector Ambriz, (1-2, 5.17 ERA)

Saturday
CSF - Lauren Gagnier (2-1, 3.98 ERA)
UCLA - Dave Huff (1-1, 1.61 ERA)

Sunday
CSF - Dustin Miller (1-1, 4.50 ERA)
UCLA - Tyson Brummett (1-2, 4.05 ERA)

BATTER UP: The Titans play another non-conference split series this weekend, visiting UCLA on Friday night and then hosting the Bruins on Saturday and Sunday.

Fullerton last week ran its winning streak to five games in a row before dropping the final game of a 3-game set with UC Irvine. On Friday night at UCI, the Titans erupted for six runs in the first inning and Wes Roemer survived a first-inning rain delay to pitch six solid innings and improve to 2-0 with a 13-7 victory. Evan McArthur and Brett Pill homered.

On Saturday night at Goodwin Field, Lauren Gagnier was the individual star. He 2-hit the Anteaters through seven innings and got relief help from John Estes and Vinnie Pestano in the eighth for a 5-2 Titan win.

On Sunday afternoon UCI jumped on starter Jared Clark, who did not record an out. The 3-run outburst and a similar frame against reliever Dustin Miller in the fourth carried the Anteaters to a 7-4 victory.

The Titans used a 3-for-3, 4-RBI performance by David Cooper to beat Waseda University, 6-2, in an exhibition game Tuesday evening at Goodwin Field. Waseda, a university from Tokyo, Japan, has played baseball games in the United States since 1905 and credit some of the improvements to Japanese baseball to their experiences gained overseas.

THE BRUINS: John Savage's Bruins are 5-6 on the season and have dropped five of their eight games held at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins are coming off of a 2-0 upset over No. 9 Pepperdine on Tuesday. Three pitchers shut out the Waves limiting their club to just 6 hits. UCLA is hitting .266 as a team and carry a 3.12 team ERA. Brandon Crawford is leading the team with a .390 average and has 6 RBI in 11 games. David Huff has a team-leading 22.1 innings pitched and has a 1.61 ERA and a 1-0 Record.

VERESUS THE BRUINS: The Titans lead the all-time series against the Anteaters holding a 43-21-2 advantage since 1975 with Fullerton holding a two-game winning streak with a pair of mid-week victories last season. Fullerton is 14-4 against Irvine in the George Horton Era, dating back to the 1997 season.

Last season Fullerton took care of the Bruins in their first meeting at Goodwin Field on Mar. 6, 14-4. Six Titans had two hits or more while Danny Dorn, Felipe Garcia and Brandon Tripp each drove in two runs.

On Mar 29. UCLA scored one in the bottom of the ninth but Vinnie Pestano closed the door with two Bruins on base to secure the 7-6 victory in Los Angeles. Jared Clark and Trevor Mortensen each had two hits, while Ronnie Prettyman drove in two with an RBI single. Scott Sarver (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win.

2005 RESULTS vs. UCLA
Mar. 6, Win, 14-4 (WP- Estes) @ Goodwin Field
Mar. 29, Win, 7-6 (WP - Sarver) @ Jackie Robinson Stadium

STREAKING TITANS:
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 16.1 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 12 in his 14 appearances during the streak. So far in 2006, Estes has pitched 5.0 innings and has struck out five in four appearances, holding the opposing batters to a .063 batting average.

Freshman David Cooper is amidst a nine-game hitting streak, hitting a team-leading .478 with 11 hits in 23 at bats thus far. The rookie is leading the team with 4 doubles and is one off the RBI lead with seven. Cooper is also making quite an impression going 4-for-5 in pinch-hitting appearances, including last Sunday's pinch hit in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend his streak to nine games.

Senior Justin Turner is also posting a formidable streak, just one game behind Cooper with an eight game streak. Over the streak, Turner is hitting a team-leading .484 going 15-for-31, and has picked up a knock in all but the first game of the season. The second baseman is leading the team in total hits with 15 and stolen bases with four.

PESTANO AND THE PEN: Closer Vinnie Pestano has converted his two save opportunities with one versus UNLV and UC Irvine respectively. Pestano has been dominant so far this season, collecting seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings without allowing a run.

Pestano and the entire bullpen have been fabulous through the first nine games posting a 1.67 ERA in 33.2 innings. Seven of the nine Titan relievers used have not allowed an earned run, with only Dustin Miller and Bryan Harris surrendering earned runs. Opposing hitters are batting just .202 against them (24-for-119). Versus UCI, the relievers struck out 11 Anteaters in 13.1 innings of work.

ROEM IF YOU WANT TO: Sophomore Wes Roemer, for the third week in a row, proved he is the right guy in the Friday night slot, tossing six innings while striking out a career-high-tying nine batters, earning his second win of 2006. The week prior, the righty flirted with a no-hitter for 5.1 innings before allowing a bloop hit to break up the bid against UNLV while striking out nine. He has continuously pounded the strike zone in his first three starts, accumulating 26 strikeouts without allowing a base on balls in 21 innings. Roemer has a 1.71 ERA and a .87 average against him.

SETTING CAREER-HIGHS: Right-hander Lauren Gagnier was moved to the Saturday spot in the pitching rotation and he showed that he was up for the change. Gagnier went out and tossed a career-high 7.2 innings and fanned a career high 7 Anteater earning his second win of the season. The Santa Cruz native is just 8 innings away from meeting his career-high in innings pitched as he has been moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation. His season-high for strikeouts was set last year when he whiffed 27 opponents in 28.1 innings pitched and he is well on his way to surpassing that with 15 on the year so far.

LOOKING UP FOR CURTIS: Perhaps the most improved hitter on the team has been catcher John Curtis. The left-handed hitter hit just .208 and .234 in his first two season with the Titans but has put up much-improved numbers thus far in 2006. Curtis is hitting .300 (9-for-30) in the first nine games of the season including a double and a team-leading eight RBI.

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