April 29, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - A series at vastly improved Pacific highlights this week's schedule for the Titans, who have won seven in a row and 13 of 15 and have moved up to No. 13 in the latest Baseball America poll.
The Titans are coming off an exciting win at No. 25 San Diego that saw the Titans battle back from a 6-0 deficit in the first inning to win. Thanks to four-hit performances by Corey Jones and Richie Pedroza and a two-out, ninth inning rally that climaxed with a game-winning, grand slam off the bat of Carlos Lopez, the Titans head to Stockton with a seven-game winning streak.
The Titans roughed up Cal Poly pitching for 28 runs and 39 hits in last weekend's 3-game series. On Friday night, the Mustangs overcame a 2-run and then a 3-run deficit against starter Kyle Mertins, but the Titans broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh with a two-run double by Joey Siddons for an 8-6 win. Dylan Floro and Nick Ramirez shut out the visitors over the final 3 innings.
On Saturday night, Daniel Renken came up one out shy of his first complete game but picked up an 11-3 victory after one pitch of relief help from Colin O'Connell. Christian Colon and Gary Brown each drove in three runs.
On Sunday, Tyler Pill allowed only two baserunners over the first five innings and came out with a 5-0 lead. Richie Pedroza, who started all week at third base and went 5-for-12 while reaching base 8 times, singled home a pair in the second inning after Brown had doubled and scored in the first. He had 4 hits.
On Tuesday night vs. Pepperdine, the Titans banged out 15 hits in a 12-5 victory. Ramirez had 4 hits and Zach Tanida added three as the Titans scored in seven of their eight at bats to give Kevin Rath the win with a solid 4-inning start.
Apr. 30 - at Pacific (Klein Family Field), 6 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Dylan Floro (2-0, 4.28 ERA)
PAC: RHP, Marcus Pointer (6-2, 4.52 ERA)
May 1 - at Pacific (Klein Family Field), 6 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (6-2, 4.47 ERA)
PAC: LHP, David Rowse (7-0, 4.57 ERA)
May 2 - at Pacific (Klein Family Field), 1 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Tyler Pill (4-4, 3.36 ERA)
PAC: RHP, Jake Hummel (5-2, 3.30 ERA)
FOLLOW THE TITANS: Audio for all three games in Stockton will be broadcast on fullertontitans.com. Titan public address announcer Chris Albaugh will be on the air live from Klein Family Field. You can also follow the game via CBS College Sports' GameTracker interface.
IN THE POLLS: Cal State Fullerton
Baseball America: 13
Collegiate Baseball: 12
USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll: 18
VERSUS PACIFIC (25-14): Cal State Fullerton is 73-10 all-time against Pacific dating back to the 1975 season. All but two of their meetings (71-10) have come as conference meetings in either the PCAA or the Big West. Last season, Pacific beat Fullerton in the first two games (5-4, 14-10) of the three-game series, notching their first Div. I series win over the Titans. In the Saturday meeting, the Tigers scored 14 runs, the most in over 13 years (1996). Fullerton salvaged a game in the series with a 4-3 win on Sunday. Prior to the Friday night loss last season at Goodwin Field, the Titans had won the previous 19 meetings.
INJURY UPDATES: Noe Ramirez is still listed as day-to-day recovering from a fractured wrist suffered in a freak accident more than two weeks ago. The sophomore hurler has not pitched since his Apr. 9 start at UC Irvine. He did not travel with the team to San Diego on Tuesday and was scheduled to throw a bullpen session. He is scheduled to make the trip to Stockton and is awaiting clearance from doctors to get back into game action. Junior INF/OF Walker Moore missed out on batting practice on Sunday (Apr.25) with severe abdominal pain and wound up missing the entire game after needing an appendectomy. Coach Serrano was notified in the first inning of Sunday's game with Cal Poly that Moore was going under the knife. Moore was in the hospital though Monday, but has since been released. First reports indicate that Moore will be sidelined for approximately three weeks. Moore is hitting .236 with 10 RBI in 28 games.
FRIDAY'S STATRTER: \#15 Dylan Floro, RHP
&\#149; Will be making his first start of his young career after 18 appearances out of the bullpen
&\#149; Went 4.2 innings in relief on Mar. 16 vs. Arizona State, and 4.1 innings on Apr. 16 at UC Santa Barbara for his two longest outings of the year. Has worked three or more innings in two other appearances.
&\#149; Nothced his first career win at then No. 3 UCLA on Apr. 6 and has since picked up two saves (Apr. 10 at UC Irvine, and Apr. 25 vs. Cal Poly.
SATURDAY'S STARTER: \# 35 Daniel Renken, RHP
&\#149; All-American Daniel Renken was struggling with his command early on in the year and has seemed to come around over his last few starts. The right-hander has won each of his last three starts and was just one out away from a complete-game win over Cal Poly last Saturday night. The junior struck out six and walked just one in possibly his best performance of the season. The key to his night was his ability to throw his change-up for a strike. In all Renken allowed three runs with just two of them being earned.
&\#149; Renken's last three tarts have all been quality starts, going at least six innings and giving up fewer than three runs. Over those three starts has given up six earned runs, while striking out 18 and walking six.
SUNDAY STARTER: \#10 Tyler Pill, RHP
&\#149; Tyler Pill worked 5 innings and picked up his third straight win as the Titans completed a three-game sweep of Cal Poly last Sunday afternoon. The sophomore from Covina allowed a single to lead off the game but then retired the next 13 batters he faced before hitting a batter. In all he retired 15 of the 17 men he faced, striking out six of them. He was replaced in the sixth due to a pre-determined staff day schedule.
&\#149; In his last three starts (all Big West games), Pill is 3-0 and has allowed just one earned run in 21.1 innings (0.42 ERA) and has struck out 21 with just 2 walks.
&\#149; The Titans have won a season-high seven games in a row and went 4-0 on the week for the first time this season last week.
&\#149; The Titans have won 13 of their last 15, are 5-0 in their last five and 9-1 in their last 10.
&\#149; The Titans completed their biggest comeback of the year, rallying to come back after San Diego scored six times in the first inning on Tuesday. With the win at San Diego, the titans swept the broken season series, 3-0 with two wins at Cunningham Stadium and one at Goodwin Field.
&\#149; With last week's series sweep of Cal Poly, the Titans have now won their last six weekend series and their last seven if you count a 3-1 performance at the San Diego State Tournament.
&\#149; Coming into the weekend Fullerton holds a 2.0-game lead in the Big West Conference over second place UC Irvine and a 3.0-game lead over third place Pacific.
&\#149; The Titans have hit .389 as a team over the last five games and have outscored their opponents (Pepperdine, Cal Poly and San Diego) on the week and out-scored their opponents (Pepperdine and Cal Poly) 53-26.
&\#149; The Titans are now 2-1 in road midweek games this season (win at San Diego, loss at LMU, win at UCLA).
&\#149; Fullerton is 5-2 in their last six road games and 13-6 overall away from Goodwin Field (12-5 in true road games).