No. 7 Titans Hit the Road Again to Face Arizona
March 15, 2006
Cal State Fullerton Baseball Weekly Notes &\#149; Mar. 13, 2006
Overall Record: 14-6
Big West Conference: 0-0
Versus Ranked Teams: 2-5
Last Week: 4-0
Last Five Games: 5-0
Last 10 Games: 8-2
Streak: Won 5
Win (10-5) vs. East Carolina, Mar.10, at Goodwin Field
Win (5-0) vs. East Carolina, Mar.10, at Goodwin Field
Win (8-0) vs. East Carolina, Mar.10, at Goodwin Field
Win (8-1) vs. East Carolina, Mar.10, at Goodwin Field
Fri., Mar. 17 @ Arizona, 6 pm @ Jerry Kindall Field (WEB)
Sat., Mar. 18 @ Arizona, 5 pm @ Jerry Kindall Field (WEB)
Sun., Mar. 19 @ Arizona, 11 am @ Jerry Kindall Field (WEB, RADIO)
Game times listed are all Pacific Standard Time.
WEB - Audio on fullertontitans.com, KSPA - Audio on AM 1510
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.
LAST WEEK: The Titans had a perfect 4-0 week last week beating San Diego State and East Carolina to stay the No. 7 team in the country according to Baseball America.
The Titans used a seven-run second inning capped by a three-run double by Cory Vanderhook to down the Aztecs 10-5 in a midweek meeting at Goodwin Field. Seven Titan arms trotted out to the mound with Justin Klipp (2-0) earning the win and Vinnie Pestano throwing the final 1.1 innings to record his fifth save.
Fullerton outscored the visiting East Carolina Pirates 21-1 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs with 5-0, 8-0 and 8-1 victories Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Goodwin Field.
Sophomore Wes Roemer (4-0) struck out a career-high 12 and tossed a complete game shutout Friday night to propel the Titans to a 5-0 win. John Curtis came up with a bases-loaded double to clear the bases as the Titans went on to score all five runs in the third inning.
Lauren Gagnier (4-2), Justin Klipp and Ryan Paul combined for the Titans second-consecutive shutout, three-hitting the Pirates to take the series. Bryan Harris was 3-for-4 with 4 RBI driving in half the Titan runs in the 8-0 win.
Brandon Tripp blasted a pair of home runs and David Cooper added his first career bomb as the Titans went on to sweep the series with an 8-1 win Sunday afternoon. Both Cooper and Tripp accounted for the Titan runs, as they each drove in four RBI on the day. Dustin Miller improved to 4-1 holding the Pirates to just four hits over seven innings of work.
The Titans travel to Arizona to face the Wildcats this weekend at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. Game times are 6 p.m., 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. PST, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
ABOUT THE WILD CATS: Arizona is 10-8 on the year and is coming off getting swept by No. 15 Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs downed the Wildcats 3-2, 9-2 and 5-4 in the weekend series. The Titan pitcher should keep their eys on Wildcat Jason Donald (.328, 1 HR, 18 RBI) at the plate and Brad Boyer (10-for-13 in stolen bases) on the base paths. Mark Melancon again looks strong out of the bullpen (3-2, 1.86 ERA, 2 SV, 37 SO in 29 innings) and is currently the only Wildcat pitcher to have an ERA lower than 3.86.
VERSUS THE WILDCATS: The Titans hold a 54-29 lead in the all-time series with the Wildcats since 1977. The two teams have met up five times in post-season play with the Titans winning three of those contests, one of which came in the College World Series. Last Season the two teams were no strangers, playing six times with the Titnas taking four of the meetings.
Last season Arizona handed Ricky Romero a pair of losses including a second-game Fullerton Regional 6-5 loss. Wes Roemer earned his second victory of the Regional going eight innings advancing the Titans to the Super Regional and earning the Regional's Most Outstanding Player honor.
LAST SEASON RESULTS vs. ARIZONA: Non-Conference Series @ Goodwin Field Lost 1-0, Mar. 18, 2005 vs. No. 9 Arizona - LP Ricky Romero (5-1) Won, 7-1, Mar. 19, 2005 vs. No. 9 Arizona - WP Ryan Schreppel (4-0) Won, 17-15, Mar. 20, 2005 vs. No. 9 Arizona - WP Vinnie Pestano (1-1)
NCAA Fullerton Regional @ Goodwin Field Lost 6-5, June 4, 2005 vs. No. 7 Arizona - LP Ricky Romero (12-5) Won 7-2, June 5, 2005 vs. No. 7 Arizona - WP Ryan Schreppel (6-0) Won 6-3, June 6, 2005 vs. No. 7 Arizona - WP Wes Roemer (7-3)
MASTER OF HIS DOMAIN: Friday night pitcher Wes Roemer (Glendora, Calif.) has been a dominant force as a starter in his short two-season career with the Titans. The sophomore has averaged 7.1 innings per start in 16 career starts and is a combined 11-3, earning just two no-decisions. Over his last 64.2 innings pitched (back to May 28, 2005), Roemer has struck out 60 opposing batters while walking just two!
MORE ON ROEMER: Last Friday night against East Carolina, Roemer had a career night, pitching his first complete game, a 5-0 shutout, fanning a career-high 12 along the way. He also extended his streak to 45 innings without issuing a walk. The right hander now has 46 strikeouts and no walks, and lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.40 with his shutout. Roemer earned his second-career Big West Pitcher of the Week honor for his performance, the first for any Titan pitcher this season.
ON THE ROAD: The Titans are 4-5 on the road with losses coming at ranked Stanford (0-3) and Rice (1-2). Danny Dorn, Blake Davis, Brett Pill and Jared Clark have all posted an average above .300 on the road, with Dorn's .389 leading the team. Pill has driven in a team-leading nine RBI when away form Goodwin Field. The Titans as a team are hitting just .265 on the road...Wes Roemer is a perfect 2-0 on the opposition's mounds carrying a 1.93 ERA and a .231 batting average against him. Closer Vinnie Pestano has tied down just one save but has posted a 1.42 ERA on the road and a .143 batting average against him.
A NEW STREAK: Shortstop Blake Davis has the longest current hitting streak by any Titan with an 11-gamer that was extended last Sunday with a single through the right side in the first inning against East Carolina. Over the 11-game period, the junior has posted a .439 average (18-for41) with two doubles, a triple and a home run also knocking in six. Davis is hitting .342 overall and is just one of three Titans to play in every single game this season.
SEEING SOME TIME: Bryan Harris got some PT last week making two starts at third base and a pair as the designated hitter. The junior produced two 3-for-4 performances against San Diego State and East Carolina to help lift the Titans to a perfect 4-0 week. On Mar. 7, Harris was just a home run away form hitting for the cycle scoring a pair of runs in the Titans' 10-5 win over Tony Gwynn's San Diego State squad. On Mar. 11, the third baseman drove in half of Fullerton's runs in the 8-1 victory including another triple and also made a couple of sparkling defensive plays at the hot corner. He finished last week hitting .462 collecting 11 total bases and slugged .846.
TITANS AMONG THE BIG WEST: The team is leading in a myriad of offensive categories among the conference teams including batting average (.296), ERA (2.78), slugging (.419), Hits (201), doubles (20), and triples (7) . The Titans are also leading the conference with a .981 fielding percentage from the defensive side.
From the mound, the Titans are leading in wins (14), ERA (2.78), batting average against (.219), Fewest runs allowed (64) and fewest Walks allowed (38).
CLIMBING THE LADDER: Pitcher Vinnie Pestano continues his climb to move into the upper echelon of Titan closers entering this weekend versus Arizona with 19 career saves. The side-armer is just one away from capturing his 20th career save, a feat only four predecessors have managed, and just three saves away from being fourth all-time in the programs history. Pestano, with his five save this season, has passed the likes of Mark Kotsay (14 saves from 1994-96), Mark Chavez (15 saves from 1995-96), Chris Robinson (16 from 1988-91) and currently sits in fifth place all-time.
No Titan since David Bacani has seen more at bats than Justin Turner, who, with 81 so far this season, moves into fourth place all time on the career leader board with 802. If Turner remains healthy, he is likely to be No. 2 by the end of his four-year career... Turner has also jumped to the No. 3 spot all time in assists, passing Jack Jones (493 assists from 1994-96) with 520.
Danny Dorn may likely have the dubious honor of having the record for the most career strikeouts if patters stay the way they are. Dorn, with 12 on the year thus far and 156 in his career, has passed Aaron Rifkin (148 from 1999-2001) and sits just three behind the leader Ryan Owens (159 from 1997-99) for the all-time lead.
WHO'S HOT (the last five games):
Brett Pill: The junior first baseman has led the team in hitting over the last five games going 8-for-15 (.533), while leading the team in slugging (.800) and on-base percentage (.667). He also has 4 RBI.
Blake Davis: Has extended his hitting streak to 11-games and over the last five games has hit .471 (8-for-17) including a home run and a double. The shortstop has also walked six times in the No. 2 spot in the lineup and has scored a team-leading 10 runs over that span.
David Cooper: Picked up his first career home run on Mar. 12 and has hit .455 (5-for11) over the last five games, driving in 5.
Bryan Harris: Harris was 7-for-16 (.438) over the last five contests, collecting a double and a pair of triples to drive in five RBI.
Wes Roemer, Lauren Gagnier and Vinnie Pestano: The trio have combined for 22 scoreless innings, striking out 23 with just two walks (surrendered by Pestano). Hitters are hitting just .133 against them over the last five Titan games.