Titans to Host No. 3 UCLA Tuesday Night

March 4, 2008

Fullerton, Calif. - The Titans will host No. 3 UCLA on Tuesday night, then travel to Westwood as the two teams rematch play in a rematch of the 2007 Super Regional held at Goodwin Field. The Bruins (5-1) are winners of four in a row heading into Tuesday's action, while the Titans (3-4) are coming off an 0-3 weekend courtesy of Stanford.

UPCOMING GAMES:
Mar. 4 vs. UCLA (Goodwin Field), 6 p.m. (WEB, GT, BWTV)
Mar. 5 at UCLA (Jaskie Robinson Stadium), 6 p.m. (WEB, GT)
Mar. 7 vs. Southern Miss (Goodwin Field), 7 p.m. (WEB, GT, BWTV)
Mar. 8 vs. Southern Miss (Goodwin Field), 6 p.m. (WEB, GT, BWTV)
Mar. 9 vs. Southern Miss (Goodwin Field), 1 p.m. (WEB, GT, BWTV)

GT = Follow the game via Gametracker WEB = Listen for free on fullertontitans.com BWTV - Video on BigWest.tv

FOLLOW THE TITANS: Every Titan baseball game can be heard live on fullertontitans.com. Just click the "listen here" icon on the right of the home page and enjoy every pitch as it happens. And for your viewing pleasure, the Big West Conference will be again providing subscription-based video streams of every Titan home game and Big West Conference game at BigWest.TV. And where technology permits, you can follow the Titan games via CSTV's GameTracker. Just follow the links from the schedule page to find the GameTracker interface.

TITANS ON TV: CSTV announced that Cal State Fullerton will play in one of three Big West Conference baseball games to be televised by the college sports network on May 9. The Titans will be hosting rival Cal Poly with a new game time of 5 p.m. to accommodate CSTV's program scheduling. CSTV will also be televising UC Irvine at Long Beach State on Apr. 13 (2:30 p.m.) and UC Riverside at UC Irvine on Apr. 20 (1 p.m.). Check with your cable provider for channel listings.

TITANS AT A GLANCE:
Overall Record: 3-4
Home: 1-0
Away: 2-4
Day: 1-3
Night: 2-1
Last five: 2-3
Last 10: 3-4

PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATIONS:
Tuesday, March 4, 6 p.m.
vs. UCLA (Goodwin Field)
CSF - Jeff Kaplan, RHP (1-1, 9.45 ERA)
UCLA - Dan Klein, RHP (1-1, 1.35 ERA)

Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m.
at UCLA (Jackie Robinson Field)
CSF - Daniel Renken, RHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
UCLA - Charles Brewer, RHP (1-0, 3.48 ERA)

Friday, March 7, 7 p.m.
vs. Southern Miss (at Goodwin Field)
Adam Jorgenson, RHP (0-0, 6.75 ERA)

Saturday March 8, 6 p.m.
vs. Southern Miss (at Goodwin Field)
Cory Arbiso, RHP (0-2, 6.30 ERA)

Sunday, March 9, 1 p.m.
vs. Southern Miss (at Goodwin Field)
Jeff Kaplan, RHP (1-1, 9.45 ERA)

WEEKEND RECAP: The Titans woes at Sunken Diamond continued last weekend as the Cardinal swept the Titans in the three-game series and extended to a 10-game winning streak versus the Titans in Palo Alto dating back to 2002.

Friday evening, Jeff Kaplan had the shortest outing of his career, lasting just one inning while allowing seven runs (five earned) as the Cardinal went on to win, 12-5. The Titans walked a season high nine batters, four of which came around to score. Randy Molina, Stanford's first baseman, was the leader offensively, going 2-for-3 with five RBI. Erik Komatsu and Christian Colon each had a pair of hits for Fullerton in the loss.

The Titans scored five times in the top of the seventh inning to pull within 9-7 on Saturday, but Stanford held off the late rally and eventually won 11-7 for the series win. The Cardinal again jumped on the board early, with three runs in the first off Cory Arbiso. The first five of the Cardinal's 15 hits off of the Titan starter were doubles. He lasted just four innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits. Jeff Newman picked up his first career hit and finished with two hits and a pair of RBI for Fullerton, but Stanford's Jason Castro trumped Newman with a career high 4-for-4 day with two RBI and three runs scored.

The Titans nearly walked away with one on Sunday, but Stanford homered in the eighth to tie and had a walk-off double in the ninth to complete the sweep. The Titans' Gary Brown, making his first start in the leadoff spot, drove home three of the Titans runs, one on a fourth-inning double to give Fullerton a brief 2-1 lead. Josh Fellhauer continued his hot hitting, picking up another three hits on Sunday to finish the weekend with a team-leading six hits.

The Titans have one of their longest weeks of the year, with a home-and-home midweek series of games against UCLA on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting Southern Miss in a three-game weekend series at Goodwin Field.

INJURY REPORT: Junior infielder Joe Scott had successful surgery on Feb. 26 to repair a sports hernia suffered late in the fall. Scott is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The Corona-native traveled to Palo Alto and was in the dugout for the three game series at Stanford.

Senior Brad Barrager received some bad news late last week. The right-hander, who head Coach Dave Serrano praised highly coming into the spring, has had another major set-back, all-but ending his Titan career. Doctors have diagnosed a pre-existing torn labrum that he was working through, and will now needs surgery to repair his shoulder. The transfer from Alta Loma College in 2007 missed all of last year due to a broken arm and Tommy John surgery. He never pitched in a game at the DI level.

Senior Paul Canedo is still out recovering from an injury to a finger on his pitching hand (left). The southpaw lacerated his ring finger in a weight room accident just weeks before the start of the season. He is still scheduled to be out nearly a month.

VERSUS UCLA: Cal State Fullerton holds a 49-23-2 all-time record against the Bruins dating back to their first Div. I meeting in 1975. The Titans finished 4-1 against the Bruins in 2007, taking a best-of-three series 2-1, before sweeping them in the Fullerton Super Regional (2-0) to advance to Omaha and the College World Series for the 15th time in school's history. Better yet, the Titans are 27-5 in their last 32 meetings with the Bruins dating back to 1992. The Titans are 4-1 overall in the post season vs. UCLA. UCLA last beat Cal State Fullerton in Westwood on May 11, 2004 by a score of 8-2.

AT HOME: The Titans are 361-112 all time at Goodwin Field including last week's shutout of LMU.

HAPPY LANDING: Sunday night, on the return flight from San Jose, the baseball team (and the pilot) made a successful but white-knuckle landing at Ontario Airport. With Santa Ana winds buffeting the runway, the Southwest Airlines jet looked like a Tim Wakefield knuckleball approach and the wing tips nearly scraping the runway before touchdown. The erratic approach also caused a late touchdown which necessitated heavy braking. But all walked away unscathed.

\@**\# SUNKEN DIAMOND: Call it a hex, or a curse, but the Titans' recent history at Sunken Diamond on the campus of Stanford University has just not played out well for the men in pinstripes. Fullerton is 11-27 all-time at Stanford and just 1-17 (currently losing 10 in a row) in their last 18 meeting in Palo Alto dating back to 1996.

MIDWEEK MATCH UP: The Titans won their first midweek game of the year last Tuesday night (Feb. 26) against LMU in their home opener. Fullerton enjoyed a solid "staff day" pitching performance turned in by Daniel Renken, Jason Dovel, Michael Morrison and Brian Wilson, as the quartet four-hit LMU in the Titans' 4-0 non-conference win. Renken went four innings of one-hit ball while fanning four for his first collegiate win. Josh Fellhauer, Jared Clark and Dustin Garneau each recorded RBIs in the win with Christian Colon stealing second and third and advancing home on a catcher's throwing error in the eighth to account for the Titans' scoring. Fullerton stole six bases on the night.

STREAKING FELLHAUER: Josh Fellhauer (Soph., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has been the team's best hitter, posting hits in six of the first seven games the Titans have played this year. He is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, and leads the team in hits and multiple-hit games. Over the five-game hitting streak, the outfielder is hitting .476 (10-for-21) with a home run a double and two RBI.

THEY RUN LIKE THE WIND BLOWS: the Titans are 24-30 in the stolen base department (3.43 per game) to lead the Big West Conference. In comparison, the Titans' opponents in the first seven games of the season have only swiped six bags. Both Josh Fellhauer (Soph., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Gary Brown (Fr., Diamond Bar, Calif.) are 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts to lead the club. Fullerton stole 53 bases in 63 games last year.

WEEKEND LEADERS: Junior Jeff Newman (Ontario, Calif.) picked up his first four hits of the year up at Stanford and led the team in average (.667) for the three-game series. Josh Fellhauer (Soph., Ranch Cucamonga) was next on the list, hitting .462 while collecting a team-high six hits on the weekend. Freshman Gary Brown (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and junior transfer Erik Komatsu tied for the team lead in RBI with three apiece.

On the hill, the pitching took quite a punch but coming out on top, at least statistically, was Michael Morrison and Ryan Ackland. Morrison worked three innings, and allowed two unearned runs while striking out three, while ackland, tossed 2/3 of an inning without surrendering a run.

THE BULLPEN: The Titan bullpen has posted a 3.07 ERA compared to a 6.30 ERA allowed by the three weekend starters, Jeff Kaplan, Cory Arbiso and Adam Jorgenson so far in 2008. Both starters and relievers are led by freshman Daniel Renken (Cypress, Calif.) who has seen time as a reliever and as last Tuesday's starter. Out of the pen, Renken and Ryan Ackland are the only two relievers to not surrender a run. Renken has given up just two hits, while striking out four in two innings of work.