March 19, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton (7-9) heads to Washington (7-7) for the first time in their history after a pair of midweek losses to Arizona State at Goodwin Field. The Titans are struggling to find some consistency losing two in a row after winning three straight last weekend at the Aztec Baseball Invitational. Fullerton is now 3-6 at home, but has a favorable 3-2 record in road games this year.
RESULTS FROM THE AZTEC BASEBALL INVITATIONAL
(Tony Gwynn Stadium, San Diego, Calif.)
Mar. 11, vs. Fresno State (N), Lost, 0-5
Mar. 12, at San Diego State (A), Won, 11-1
Mar. 13, at Univ. of San Diego (A), Won, 4-2
Mar. 14, vs. UAB (N), Won, 12-2
RESULTS FROM EARLIER THIS WEEK:
(Goodwin Field, Fullerton, Calif.)
Mar. 16, vs. Arizona State (H), Lost, 5-6
Mar. 17, vs. Arizona State(H), Lost, 6-8
THIS WEEKEND SCHEDULE - PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATIONS:
Mar. 19, at Washington (Seattle, Wash.), 5 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Noe Ramirez (2-1, 3.21 ERA)
UW: LHP, Adrian Gomez (1-0, 3.38 ERA)
Mar. 20, at Washington (Seattle, Wash.), 2 p.m.
CSF: Daniel Renken (1-2, 3.72 ERA)
UW: RHP, Andrew Kittredge (3-1, 4.50 ERA)
Mar. 21, at Washington (Seattle, Wash.), 1 p.m.
UW: LHP, Geoff Brown (0-0, 6.92 ERA)
VS. WASHINGTON: The Titans and Huskies have met up on two previous occasions in a two-game series back in 1987. The Titans won games in Fullerton, 15-7 and 6-1, under then Head Coach Augie Garrido.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: All three games at Washington will be available via GameTracker at fullertontitans.com. Audio and video will be available on a subscription bases throught the University of Washington's athletic website.
BALKIN' ON SUNSHINE: The Titans have scored three runs now in 2010 via an opponent's balk with a runner on third. It happened twice in a row in Fullerton's 11-1 win at San Diego State on Mar. 12, and again on Mar. 16, against Arizona State.
HITTING STREAKS: Freshman Carlos Lopez has now hit in 10 straight games and has compiled a .415 (17-for-41) batting average over that span. Lopez has a pair of doubles and two home runs and has driven in 6, drawing five walks without a strikeout Since Mar. 2. The next longest streak is Tyler Pill's four-gamer. The right-fielder/RHP is 7-for-13 (.538)with a home runs and six RBI dating back to Mar. 12 at San Diego State.
HIGHS AND LOWS: The Titans biggest offensive output came on Mar. 14 against UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) in San Diego. Fullerton pounded out 12 runs on 18 hits, setting season highs in both categories. Fullerton has been shut out twice this year (Feb. 20, vs. Pepperdine, 0-6; Mar. 11, vs. Fresno State, 0-5) and have been held to a season-low three hits on Feb. 26 against TCU.
SEEING TRIPLE: Gary Brown is now in sole possession of third place in career triples at Cal State Fullerton with 13 career three-base hits. With one more three-bagger he will be tied with former infielder Blake Davis who tallied 14 triples from 2004-06. Outfielder and former first-round draft pick Dante Powell holds the school record with 18 triples in a career from 1992-94.
STOP! THIEVES!: The Titans have six players with three-or-more stolen bases this year and are led by speedster Gary Brown who is 9-for-10 on the year. Christian Colon is next in line with five swipes in five attempts. The Titans have stolen 32 of 38 in 2010.
TOUGH WITH TWO OUT: First baseman Nick Ramirez has a team-leading eight hits (.348) and 5 RBI with two outs in an inning. He is followed by Gary Brown who has seven hits (.318) and a team-leading six RBI.
WHEN IT COUNTS: Gary Brown (8-for-16, .500), Corey Jones (8-for-22, .364) and Nick Ramirez (8-for-24, .333) each have eight hits with runners in scoring position. Tyler Pill is 5-for-8 (.625) with the highest batting average.
WEARING IT: The Titans have been hit by a pitch 31 times as a team led by catcher Billy Marcoe's seven HBPs. Four of Marcoe's seven have come against the University of San Diego. Christian Colon is right behind Marcoe with six of his own. The Titans led the nation in HBPs in 2009 (third-most in NCAA history), with 124 shots to the body, and have three of the highest season totals in NCAA Top 15. Fullerton is on pace for 109 regular season HBPs.
&\#149; Despite going 1-for-9 in two games against ASU, Gary Brown is still leading the Titans with a .417 batting average. He has hit in 15 of the 16 Titan ballgames.
&\#149; LHP/First baseman Nick Ramirez was 4-for-9 (.444) with two RBI against Arizona State on Tuesday and Wednesday, and pitched the first 4.1 innings of Tuesday night's game, his first career start.