April 24, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Michael Lorenzen (Soph., OF/RHP, Anaheim, Calif., Fullerton HS) has accepted an invitation for a second tour of duty with USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team (CNT) this summer.
He joins former Titan Christian Colon as the only Titans to have played with the CNT in consecutive seasons. Mark Kotsay was a Collegiate National Team member in 1995 and was an Olympian in 1996 in Atlanta.
Lorenzen is a veteran of USA Baseball competition, having played on its 16U team in 2008, the 18U squad in 2010 and the CNT last summer. In 14 games in the Red, White and Blue in 2011, Lorenzen batted .317 (13-for-41) with a home run, 10 RBI and five stolen bases in competition against various New England summer league teams and a five-game series with Japan that ended at T.D. Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
This year, Lorenzen and the CNT will play 10 games in and around North Carolina before heading to Cuba for a five games and then to The Netherlands for the Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week at Prim Mulier Stadium.
Lorenzen will be managed by a familiar face, Dave Serrano. Serrano, now the head coach at Tennessee, brought Lorenzen to the Fullerton program where he was the head coach from 2008-2011. Lorenzen was a 7th-round draft pick by Tampa Bay out of Fullerton High School, but chose to become a Titan in 2011 and went on to become the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American.
Lorenzen will also get to meet and work with former Titan players/coaches George Horton (Oregon head coach) and Jason Gill (Loyola Marymount head coach) who will be serving as assistants to Serrano in 2012.
Lorenzen, a preseason All-American, has been at the center of the offense this year by batting .327 (51-for-156) through 39 games for Rick Vanderhook's 2012 Titans. He has tallied a team-leading 14 doubles, 27 RBI and 11 stolen bases and has helped guide the Titans to their current spot atop the Big West standings. On the mound, the right-hander has compiled a 2-0 record with 12 saves and has posted a 1.65 ERA in 15 appearances as the team's closer. His 12 saves ties him with former MLB All-Star and USA Baseball alum Chad Cordero (2002) for the seventh-best single-season performance as a Titan and also ranks him 4th in the nation heading into week No. 11 of the college baseball season.
The Titans will have just one game this week, a Tuesday afternoon tilt with Gill's Loyola Marymount Lions at George C. Page Field at 3 p.m.