April 3, 2009
PLAY BALL: The Titans' rugged schedule continues this weekend with 3-game home conference series against No. 8 UC Irvine, which opened Big West play by sweeping Cal Poly last weekend. The Titans are coming off a midweek series split with No. 3 Arizona State in Tempe.
Fri., Apr. 3 vs. No. 8 UC irvine, 7:04 p.m. (GT, WEB, ESPNU)
Sat., Apr. 4 vs. No. 8 UC irvine, 6 p.m. (GT, WEB, BWTV)
Sun., Apr. 5 vs. No. 8 UC irvine, 1 p.m. (GT, WEB, BWTV)
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (4-1, 2.50 ERA)
UCI: LHP, Daniel Bibona (4-1, 2.77 ERA)
CSF: RHP, Noe Ramirez (3-0, 2.02 ERA)
UCI: RHP, Christian Bergman (3-1, 2.79 ERA)
CSF: RHP, Tyler Pill (5-0, 3.19 ERA)
UCI: RHP, Crosby Slaught (2-0, 4.08 ERA)
TV TIME: Friday night's game will be televised on ESPNU beginning at 7:04. Justin Kutcher will bring you the play-by-play, while Titan Hall of Famer Phil Nevin provides the analysis.
VERSUS THE ANTEATERS: The Titans are 66-20 all-time against UC Irvine dating back to their first meeting in 1976. The two teams met up in the 2007 College World Series in their first and only postseason match-up. UCI downed the Titans and eliminated them from the series in 13 innings, 5-4, in the longest game (in time at 5:40) in College World Series history. Last year, Dave Serrano returned to his former school for the first time and guided the Titans to a 2-1 series win at Anteater Ballpark. The Titans beat All-American right-hander Scott Gorgen on Friday night 12-5 in front of a record crowd of 3,176. Irvine came back on Saturday night and rallied for a 3-2, 12-inning victory to even the series. Both Starters Bryce Stowell and Daniel Renken had a pitchers duel, into the sixth inning, but both received no-decisions. Fullerton took the series behind a three-hit performance by Christian Colon, as the Titans overcame a 4-0 deficit for a come-from-behind 6-4 victory on Sunday.
EARLIER THIS WEEK: The Titans split the midweek series with Arizona State in Tempe earning a 7-5 win on Tuesday night and dropping a 3-1 games on Wednesday. The Titans were uncharacteristically light on the offensive side of things, hitting just .262 in the as a team in the short series. Joe Scott (.500), Jared Clark (.429), Josh Fellhauer (.429) and Gary Brown (.375) each had three hits in Tempe. Fullerton's pitchers held the Sun Devils to just a .254 mark but gave up a pair of home runs, with Wendesday's blast by Zach MacPhee's winning the game for the home team. Nick Ramirez tossed 4.1 innings of hitless scoreless relief, while Kevin Rath went a career-high 7.0 innings on Wednesday with three strikouts, giving the southpaw back-to-back solid outsings.
CLOSING THE BOOK ON MUSTACHE MARCH: Mustache March may not have caught on like Manny Ramirez dread lock wigs, but it was a success as far as the Titans are concerned. Fullerton finished 15-2 overall with a team batting average of .359, with 45 doubles, five triples and 24 home runs. Nine of their wins came on the road and five of their wins came against ranked teams. Ironically, Josh Fellhauer, the first Titan to shave his `stache (five days too early), finished with the teams' best batting average at .441 (30-for-68), while Khris Davis (.414, 7 HR, 20 RBI) and Jared Clark (.403, 4 HR, 23 RBI) also provided average and some pop to the lineup. The Fullerton pitching staff posted a 2.84 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 152 innings. Tyler Pill enjoyed a perfect 5-0 month despite hating his mustache and Noe Ramirez was 3-0 with a miniscule 1.97 ERA in seven appearances.
HOME SWEET HOME:
&\#149; Fullerton is 7-2 at home this year, and have won their last 6 games at Goodwin Field.
&\#149; The Titans have outscored their opponents 64-41 in games at Goodwin Field, and 18-2 in the first inning.
&\#149; The team is hitting .297 in the friendly confines of Goodwin Field in 2009 and are led by Christian Colon (.486, 3 doubles, a triple and 7 RBI), Nick Ramirez (.423, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 10 RBI), and Khris Davis (.371, 4 doubles, 5 home runs and 11 RBI)
&\#149; Both Daniel Renken and Tyler Pill have gone 2-0 on their home mound
&\#149; Both Christian Colon and Khris Davis have hit in each of their last four home games; Gary Brown and Jeff Newman have had hits in their last three home games.
&\#149; Cal State Fullerton is averaging 2,111 fans in attendance in 2009 drawing 19,006 in nine dates thus far
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE:
&\#149; The Titans are 394-124 (.760) all-time at Goodwin Field (formerly Titan Field) dating back to the 1992 season.
&\#149; The 2003 Titans posted the best home record in the 18-year history of the park, going 32-3 (.914).
&\#149; Goodwin Field has been the seting for 7 NCAA Regionals (with Fullerton winning six of them) since the first in 2000.
&\#149; The home of the Titans has also played host for 7 NCAA Super Regionals since the first one in 2001. The Titans have advanced to Omaha with Super Regional wins five times in front of the home crowd.
ROMERO TO BECOME FULLERTON'S NEXT BIG LEAGUER: The Titans' 2005 No. 1 draft pick Ricky Romero has been told by Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston that he will be apart of the Jays' opening day roster and has been slated as the team's No. 4 starter. When he pitches in a big league game, Romero will become the 46th big leaguer to have gone through the Cal State Fullerton program, and the first to reach the majors since Kurt Suzuki made his debut for the Oakland on June 12, 2007. The East Los Angeles native is the last of the 2005 No. 1 picks to reach the Majors. Others from the 2005 class that have reached the majors include: Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Jacob Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz and Micha Owings.
ULTIMATE SACRIFICE(S): Joe Scott tied the NCAA record for sacrifices in a game with four sac bunts on Mar. 28 at UC Riverside. He now shares the record with Tommy King of South Carolina (vs. Arkansas on March 8, 2004) and by Andy Sawyers of Nebraska (vs. Kansas State on Apr. 4, 1998).