Titans Travel North For Conference Opener

March 30, 2011

PLAY BALL: The No. 12 Titans (17-8, 0-0) open Big West Conference play this weekend with a 3-game series at UC Davis (5-14, 0-0), which is coached by former Titan outfielder Rex Peters. The Titans are on a roll with five consecutive victories and nine wins in their last 10 games including Tuesday night's triumph over visiting No. 24 UCLA.

Davis has won is last two games against San Jose State (Sunday) and Santa Clara (Wednesday), but only two of its last six.

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THIS WEEKEND IN TITAN BASEBALL:

Fri., Apr. 1 at UC Davis* (Dobbins Baseball Stadium), 2:30 p.m.
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Probable Starting Pitching:
CSF - RHP, Jake Floethe (2-0, 2.05 ERA)
UCD - RHP, Scott Lyman (0-2, 5.13 ERA)

Sat., Apr. 2 at UC Davis* (Dobbins Baseball Stadium), 1 p.m.
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Probable Starting Pitching:
CSF - RHP, Noe Ramirez (2-2, 3.10 ERA)
UCD - LHP, Anthony Kupbens (2-2, 2.34 ERA)

Sun., Apr. 3 at UC Davis* (Dobbins Baseball Stadium), 1 p.m.
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Probable Starting Pitching:
CSF - RHP, Tyler Pill (2-1, 1.99 ERA)
UCD - LHP, Dayne Quist (1-2, 5.93 ERA)

ON TUESDAY: Tyler Pill and Carlos Lopez each knocked in a pair of runs and Raymond Hernandez pitched three scoreless innings to save a 5-3 win over UCLA in the teams' first meeting since the 2010 Super Regional. O'Connell bounced back from two tough starts to go 6 innings and allow only 3 runs (2 earned). The Titans have now beat the Bruins in 40 of their last 49 meetings.

VERSUS UC DAVIS: Cal State Fullerton has a relatively short history with UC Davis at the Div. I level dating back to the 2005 season. The holds a 16-2 all-time record against the Aggies and a 8-1 mark in Big West Conference play (since 2008). The Titans are 7-2 against the Aggies at Goodwin Field, and 9-0 in Davis. CSF and UCD have never met in the postseason. The two teams open Big West Conference play this weekend with Fullerton having won the last seven meetings. In three meetings last year, the Titans outscored the Aggies 46-13 in the three game series at Goodwin Field. The Titans put up back-to-back 20-run games (20-4 and 23-7) before winning by one run, 3-2, on Sunday. The back-to-back 20-run games was the most runs in back-to-back games since 1980, when the Titans did it in three consecutive ball games (30 runs on 4/26/80 vs. Pepperdine, 20 runs on 4/27/80 vs. Cal State LA, and 26 runs on 5/2/80 against Long Beach State).

A FAMILIAR FACE: In his playing days, UC Davis' ninth-year Head Coach Rex Peters, was a Titan outfielder from 1988-89 when he posted a career .336 career batting average with 7 home runs, 77 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

EVERYBODY SAYS SO: Cal State Fullerton is the unanimous favorite to win the Big West Conference according to the 9 Big West Coaches. The Titans claimed all nine first-place votes in the poll totaling 81 points and were followed by UC Irvine and UC Riverside, which tied for second with 65 points apiece. The poll was rounded out by Cal Poly (50), Long Beach State (47), UC Santa Barbara (36), Pacific (26), UC Davis (22) and Cal State Northridge (13). The Titans won their 24th Div. I conference championship in 2010 and have won at least a share of 8 of the last 12 Big West crowns. Last season, Fullerton won the Big West by a 4-game margin over Irvine by compiling a 21-3 conference mark and earned the league's automatic bid to the postseason.

CONFERENCE PLAY: The Titans have a 636-223-1 (.740, 36 years) record all-time in conference play dating back to the 1975 season. Fullerton is 463-177 (.723, 28 years) all-time in PCAA/Big West games and 173-46-1 (.789, 8 years) while playing within the SCBA. Fullerton has won at least a share of 24 league championships in 36 Div. I seasons. It has also won at least a portion of 8 of the last 12 Big West titles.

FULLERTON MILESTONE: The 3-2 win on Mar. 27, 2011 was Dave Serrano's 150th as the Titans' head coach. Former Titan skippers Augie Garrido and George Horton also won their 150th games in their fourth seasons. Garrido won his 150th game in 206 baseball games. Horton reached the plateau in 213 games and Serrano has now done it in 214 games (with much more aggressive schedules).

IN THE BIGS: Cal State Fullerton had 9 of its former players play in the majors last season and had its 48th player make his big league debut. Chad Cordero, Reed Johnson, Mark Kotsay, Mike Lamb, Vinnie Pestano, Ricky Romero, Aaron Rowand, Kurt Suzuki and Justin Turner each made their way into big league games in 2010, with Pestano making his first career appearance on Sept. 23. It looks as if there will be 6 former Titans gracing Opening day rosters come Mar. 31: Ricky Romero (TOR), Kurt Suzuki (OAK), Mark Kotsay (MIL), Reed Johnson (CHC), Aaron Rowand (SF) and Vinnie Pestano (CLE).