Titans To Open Conference Play as Nation's Top Team
March 24, 2009
Fri., Mar. 27, at UC Riverside, 6 p.m. (GT, WEB, BWTV)
Sat., Mar 28, at UC Riverside, 2 p.m. (GT, WEB, BWTV)
Sun., Mar. 29, at UC Riverside, 1 p.m. (GT, WEB, BWTV)
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PLAY BALL: Cal State Fullerton ascended to the top spot in the Baseball America and Rivals.com rankings for the first time since April of 2006 with a sweep of Oral Roberts last weekend at Goodwin Field, and now head into Big West Conference play this weekend at UC Riverside. This marks the first time in his five seasons as a head coach, that a Dave Serrano team has reached the No. 1 in any of the five major polls.
The Titans are winners of 15 of their last 16 ballgames and head into Big West Conference play against the Highlanders hitting .338 as a team with a well-rounded offense that is boasting 43 doubles, 25 home runs, 58 BB, 45 HBPs and 36 stolen bases to their creidt.
UC Riverside (15-4) has won six of its last seven after a Monday afternoon's 10-1 non-conference win over UC Santa Barbara. The Highlanders and Gauchos played a brief 2-game non-conference series in Goleta with the Gauchos breaking the Highlanders' five-game winning streak with a 3-2 win in the Sunday match-up.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATIONS:
Friday: CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (4-0, 2.25 ERA)
UCR: RHP, Paul Bargas (2-1, 4.32 ERA)
ORU: Matt Montgomery (2-1, 3.06 ERA)
CSF: RHP, Tyler Pill (4-0, 3.94 ERA)
ORU: Paul Applebee (4-1, 2.57 ERA)
TITANS IN THE POLLS:
Baseball America: 1
Collegiate Baseball: 2
USA Today/ESPN Coaches: 3
HIGHLANDERS IN THE POLLS:
Baseball America: NR
Collegiate Baseball: NR
USA Today/ESPN Coaches: 24
VERSUS THE HIGHLANDERS: The Titans are 20-16 all-time against UC Riverside dating back to their first meeting in 1978. Last year, The Titans sandwiched a pair of wins (7-6 in 16 inn. and 12-1) around a 12-inning, 6-4, loss at Goodwin Field. In the series opener the Titans and Highlanders played the longest game (innings) in Goodwin Field history (16 innings). The game appeared over when Josh Fellhaur lifted a flyball down the left field line, but Aaron Wible dropped the fly after a long run to get there, giving Fellhauer another chance (in which he singled) and opeing the door for a five-run, ninth-inning rally.
MORE ON MATCH-UP VERSUS UCR: Since UC Riverside became a member of the Big West Conference in 2002, it is the only conference team to have a winning record against Cal State Fullerton in baseball. The Highlanders are 12-9 vs. the Titans including 8-1 in Riverside. Fullerton has a 12-9 record against Long Beach State (7-5 in Long Beach) in the same span and a winning percentage of .667 or better against all of the other teams for a total mark of 116-46 (.716). Fullerton has an edge - home AND away - over every team except at Riverside. Fullerton has played 54 three-game series in the seven seasons and have lost just 10 - three to UCR including two by 3-0 sweeps at Riverside (Fullerton has been swept only two other times... at Long Beach and at home vs. Cal State Northridge).
RED, WHITE AND BLUE POWER: US National Team members Josh Fellhauer, Christian Colon and Jared Clark went a combined 14-for-37 (.378) with 4 doubles, a triple, scored 10 runs and drove in 11 against their Team USA Head Coach Rob Walton - the head coach of the Titans' weekend opponent, Oral Roberts
&\#149; The Titans are 4-1 in their last five games, and 9-1 in their last 10
&\#149; The Titans picked up their third three-game series sweep off the year with a 3-0 sweep of Oral Roberts last weekend.
&\#149; The Titans hit .343 (35-for-102) as a team against Oral Roberts last week, out-hitting the visitors 35-21.
&\#149; The Titans outscored the Golden Eagles 25-10 on the weekend.
&\#149; The Titans stole six bases on Saturday against Oral Roberts, tying a season-high.
&\#149; The Titan pitching staff amassed 37 strikeouts against Oral Roberts, and have had fanned 11-or-more as a staff in each of the last four games.
&\#149; The Titans have outscored their opponents in the first inning 30-6...and also have a large margin in the seventh inning, outscoring their opponents, 26-7.
&\#149; The Titans have won 15 of their last 16 ball games
&\#149; The Titans have had 10-or-more hits in 12 of the last 13 games, collecting nine knocks in the game they did not reach double digits.