Back To Conference Play, CSF Host UOP This Weekend

April 19, 2007

PLAY BALL! It's back to the unpredictable Big West Conference pennant race for the Titans this week as they host last-place Pacific in a 3-game series at Goodwin Field. The Titans bounced back from their series loss to UC Irvine to beat USC and then sweep a rain-delayed 3-game series at UC Davis. Meanwhile, UCI was losing two of three games to Cal Poly and now only two games separate the top six clubs in the standings.

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AT A GLANCE:
Overall Record: 23-12
Big West Conference: 4-2
Last Five Games: 4-1
Last 10 Games: 8-2
Day Games: 14-4
Night Games: 9-8
Home Games: 11-6
Away Games: 12-6
Current Streak: 4 Wins

LAST WEEK:
7-1 win vs. USC
9-2 win at UC Davis
6-3 win at UC Davis
9-8 win at UC Davis (8 innings)

THIS WEEK:
Friday, Apr. 20 vs. Pacific, 7 p.m. (Goodwin Field) (GT, WEB, BWTV)
Probable Starting Pitchers:
CSF: Wes Roemer, RHP (5-4, 3.44 ERA)
PAC: Jake Wild, RHP (1-5, 6.12 ERA)

Saturday, Apr. 21 vs. Pacific, 6 p.m. (Goodwin Field) (GT, WEB, BWTV)
Probable Starting Pitchers:
CSF: Jeff Kaplan, RHP (6-2, 3.67 ERA)
PAC: Curtis Pasma, LHP (1-2, 5.02 ERA)

Sunday, Apr. 22 vs. Pacific, 1 p.m. (Goodwin Field) (GT, WEB)
Probable Starting Pitchers:
CSF: Michael Morrison, RHP (4-1, 5.01 ERA)
PAC: Hunter Carnevale, RHP (2-4, 4.83 ERA)

ON THE WEB: All three Titan baseball games will be broadcast over the internet this weekend from Goodwin Field. Join Mike Martinez on Friday night and Justin Alderson on Saturday and Sunday as they bring you all of the Big West Conference action as it happens.

GAMETRACKER: Follow the Titans and Tigers pitch by pitch witht he CSTV.com GameTracker interface. LInks are conveniently located on the baseball schedule page on the right hand side, ready to take you to each game with a simple click of your mouse.

BIGWEST.TV: Both Friday and Saturday night's games will be video streamed over the internet live via BigWest TV. Subscribe at bigwest.org/tv and follow most Big West Conference baseball games all year long. Sunday's game will not be broadcast this week as it conflicts with a Titan softball game this weekend.

TITANS IN THE POLLS:
Baseball America: 17
Collegiate Baseball: 21
USA Today: 16
NCBWA: 17
Rivals.com: 15

TIGERS IN THE POLLS: Pacific is not currently ranked in any of the five polls.

VERSUS PACIFIC: The Titans have an all-time record of 66-8 against the Tigers dating back to their first meeting in 1975. Fullerton has swept the last four series against Pacific and is currently riding a 13-game winning streak dating back to Apr. 13, 2002. Fullerton Head Coach George Horton is 30-4 since taking over the Titans in 1997, while Pacific Skipper Ed Sprague is winless against the Titans in nine tries. The two team's only post-season meeting came in 1997 when Pacific beat Fullerton, 6-4, at Blair Field in Long Beach at the Big West Conference Tournament.

LAST WEEK: The Titans were extremely efficient in besting USC, 7-1, on Tuesday night. Khris Davis had a pair of doubles and Josh Fellhauer had a key triple. Each time the Titans got a runner to third with fewer than two outs they got him home to back the "staff" pitching effort started by winner Michael Morrison.

On Friday at Davis, Wes Roemer coasted to a victory behind a strong offensive start that staked him to an early 8-0 lead. Roemer retired 16 of the first 18 hitters he faced and he went 8 innings. Nick Mahin had 2 RBI.

Saturday's game was rained out and the Titans swept Sunday's resultant doubleheader, 6-3 and 9-8, the latter reduced to 8 innings because of Fullerton's travel arrangements. Jeff Kaplan improved to 6-3 in the opener with a save from Adam Jorgenson, who pitched two strong innings and got some breathing room when the Titans scored twice in the top of the ninth. Evan McArthur was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.

The second game saw the Titans jump out to a 9-3 lead and then hold on for dear life. Morrison relieved Sean Urena in the second inning but ran into trouble in the sixth inning when the Aggies rallied for five runs, four charged to him. Jorgenson came on again in the bottom of the eighth inning and two hits and an error loaded the bases before he struck out the final batter for his second save of the day. Light-hitting shortstop Joe Scott went 3-for-3 to complete a 4-for-4 Sunday.

TRAVEL CURFEW: Due to travel arrangements the Titans and UC Davis were forced to cut their game short, playing just eight innings in the second game of their double header. The last time Fullerton had to play an eight inning game, they lost 8-7 on Mar. 9, 2003 at Minnesota.

DOING WORK: The 2006 Collegiate Baseball Co-National Player of the year, struggled early this season to fine the form he possessed his first two collegiate seasons. But over his last three starts, the Roemer of old has reared his head tossing two complete games and an eight-inning performance, surrendering just seven runs in 26 innings pitched. Over that three-game span, Roemer has posted a 8:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has held his opponents (Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine and UC Davis) to just a .208 combined batting average. Roemers record over that span has been 2-1 with his one loss coming as a result of a 2-1, complete-game loss to Irvine in which the Titans were unable push across a tying run with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. In that game, the junior retired the last 23 hitters he faced striking out 10 Anteaters.

IN CONFERENCE: The Titans are hitting .277 as a team in league play and are led by left fielder Josh Fellhauer. The frshman has posted a .364 average in the first six games of league and has a team-leading eight hits including a double and a triple and seven RBI. Matt Wallach (.318) and Khris Davis (.316) are the other two Titan regulars hitting above .300. Wallach holds the lead for RBI in BWC affairs.

TWO-A-DAYS: Adam Jorgenson has something to tell his kids some day... the right-hander picked up two saves in the same day closing out the morning tilt with a two-inning, two-strikeout effort, then finished the second game with a two-strikeouts scoreless frame to complete the sweep of UC Davis on Apr. 15

HOME SWEET HOME: Cal State Fullerton is hitting .283 as a team at Goodwin Field led by center fielder Clark Hardman. The junior is leading the way with a .432 average with 12 of his 32 hits going for extra bases, and his 14 RBI are tied for the team lead with John Curtis and Chris Jones. Curtis is the next-best everyday hitter at home with a .292 average. Six of Curtis' 14 hits have been doubles.

From the mound Fullerton has a 3.88 team ERA and has posted three saves on their home field. Nolan Bruyninckx has yet to allow a run in 7.1 innings over five appearances at home. Sunday's starter Michael Morrison is a perfect 3-0 at home in four appearances (two midweek starts) and has a 1.50 ERA, holding his opponents to a .189 batting average. Wes Roemer has a team-leading 50 strikeouts on the Goodwin Field bump.

GREAT SCOTT! Sophomore shortstop had been struggling at the plate heading into last weekend's games at UC Davis. With rain delaying Saturday's games, Joe used Sunday's double-header to break out of an 0-for-16, 1-for-34 and 2-for-45 slump with a 4-for-4 day at the plate, driving home a pair of runs and scoring three of his own. The shortstop also walked once, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and had two SAC bunts including a successful full-count, two-out, bases-loaded squeeze bunt .

THE RIGHT SIDE IS ON THE MEND: Jake Vasquez and Joel Weeks continue to recover from fractures that have kept the duo out of the starting lineup. Weeks fractured his right fibula on Mar. 21 while Vasquez fractured his wrist in three places two series ago at Cal State Northridge. Both had a recovery time of six to eight weeks.

IN THEIR PLACE: Corey Jones has posted a .180 (9-for-50) batting average in 13 starts at second base with a double and nine RBI in place of the injured Joel Weeks. The freshman from Camarillo has made just one error in 47 chances at second base... Matt Wallach has posted the team's second-best average over the last 10 games in place of Jake Vasquez, hitting .361 (13-for-36) with 2 home runs and 10 RBI. In the 10 games in place of Vasquez, Wallach has proved invaluable to the lineup and has been the team's most clutch hitter with a game-tying home run and game-winning hit in Northridge and a game winning hit and five RBI in the Titans' only win over UC Irvine (Apr. 6).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: &\#149;Wes Roemer is 12th in the nation in strikeouts with 81 total punch outs and ranks 44th with 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

&\#149; Adam Jorgenson ranks 36th in the country with 6 saves.

&\#149; Clark Hardman is the 44th-hardest player to strikeout, fanning just once every 15 at bats.

TWO-OUT NIGHTMARES: Both John Curtis and Clark Hardman have been the Titans' best hitters with two outs, each posting 16 of their total hits with just one out left in the inning. Curtis is 16-for 42 (.372) while Hardman is 16-for-43 (.381). The duo have each also driven in a team-leading 10 RBI with two out.

UPDATE FROM THE SHOW: Reed Johnson of the Toronto Blue Jays was sent to the DL until July after having back surgery for a herniated disk in his back. He joins Oakland A's center fielder Mark Kotsay on the DL, leaving Aaron Rownad (Phillies) as the only former Titan playing on a daily basis. Mike Lamb (Astros), Mike Rouse (Indians), Matt Wise (Brewers), Kirk Saarloos (Reds), Brandon Duckworth (Royals), and Chad Cordero (Nationals) are the other Titans pitching or currently platooning in the big leagues.