Titans Host Pepperdine Tonight at Goodwin Field

May 6, 2008

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 vs. Pepperdine (Goodwin Field), 6 p.m.
CSF: LHP, Kevin Rath, 0-0, 7.59 ERA.
PEP: LHP, Robert Dickmann, 3-4, 5.81 ERA.

Friday, May 9, 2008 vs Cal Poly (Goodwin Field), 5:15 p.m. (TV) .
CSF: RHP, Jeff Kaplan, 8-1, 4.44 ERA.
CP: RHP, Eric Massingham, 2-4, 5.70 ERA.

Saturday, May 10, 2008 vs Cal Poly (Goodwin Field), 6 p.m. .
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken, 4-4, 3.27 ERA.
CP: LHP, Jared Eskew, 4-2, 4.03 ERA.

Sunday, May 11, 2008 vs Cal Poly (Goodwin Field), 1 p.m. .
CSF: RHP, Cory Arbiso, 9-2, 3.79 ERA.
CP: RHP, Steven Fischback, 5-3, 4.39 ERA.

(TV) Game to be broadcast by CBS College Sports (Formerly CSTV). Check your local listings for details.

CATCH THE ACTION: All Games will be streamed live via BigWest.TV and broadcast via audio webcast on fullertontitans.com. You can also catch the game via CBS College Sports' GameTracker.

BATTER UP: The Titans will try to accomplish this week what they did last week -- beat a strong West Coast Conference opponent and then win a Big West Conference series. In the process, they also would like to put an end to a Saturday hex that has seen them compile a 3-8 record on that day of the week compared to 26-8 on other days.

Fullerton also will be seeking to avenge its worst loss of the season, a 13-2 drubbing in Malibu on March 18, when it hosts Pepperdine on Tuesday night. After a tenth annual free clinic and pizza party at Goodwin Field for developmentally disabled children on Wednesday (6 to 8 p.m.), the Titans host Cal Poly for the final home Big West series of the season.

IN THE POLLS: Cal State Fullerton is ranked in all five Top 25 polls for the sixth straight week, even breaking the Top 10 in this week's Rivals.com poll. Here is how the Titans stack up according to the national media:

Baseball America: 12.
Collegiate Baseball: 12.
USA Today/ESPN Coaches: 16.
NCBWA: 15.
Rivals.com: 9.

LAST WEEK: Fullerton routed San Diego, the WCC leader, by a 12-3 margin this past Tuesday and then won a series at UC Santa Barbara with wins of 7-4 and 11-1 wrapped around a 10-2 defeat.

The Titans' bullpen was the catalyst against USD, blanking the Toreros over the last 7 innings with Ryan Ackland getting the win by posting three zeroes on the scoreboard. Fullerton twice came from behind, taking the lead for good with a 5-run second inning. A two-run home run by Erik Komatsu and a three-run pinch-hit job by Khris Davis completed the scoring.

The Titans and Jeff Kaplan were down to the Gauchos, 4-1, after seven innings on Friday but finished strong. Joel Weeks and Josh Fellhauer each drove home a pair in a 5-run eighth inning and Jared Clark added a home run in the ninth. Kaplan retired the final six Gauchos for a complete game to improve to 8-1.

Daniel Renken (4-4) was the victim of four unearned runs in one of his poorer efforts in defeat on Saturday, but Cory Arbiso (9-2) kept rolling on Sundays. He won his ninth consecutive start, allowing only 3 hits and 1 run before turning the mound over to Adam Jorgenson for a scoreless ninth inning. Gary Brown hit a two-run homer to put Fullerton ahead for good and Dustin Garneau and Brian Wilson added roundtrippers.

MIRACLE LEAGUERS TO PLAY LIKE TITANS: For the tenth consecutive year the Cal State Fullerton baseball team is hosting a free clinic for developmentally disabled children on Wednesday, May 7 at Goodwin Field. The clinic is scheduled to run from 6-8 p.m. Kids of the Miracle League (Challenger Little Leaguers also welcomed) and their parents will be hosted on the field by the entire 2008 roster of players and coaches for a two-hour long clinic and pizza dinner. Over the years, the kids have become some of the collegians' most loyal fans. For more information on this year's Miracle League clinic, please call the baseball office at (714) 278-3789.

VERSUS PEPPERDINE: The Titans are 48-39 all-time against the Waves at the Division I level dating back to their first meeting in 1975. The Titans have currently lost two in a row to Pepperdine including this year's 13-2 defeat in Malibu. The two teams have met nine times in the post season with the Titans holding a 6-3 advantage overall. At the College World Series, the two teams have split the two games, 1-1, with the one Titan loss coming in the championship game of the 1992 CWS, 3-2.

MIDWEEK RUNDOWN: The Titans are 7-5 in midweek match-ups this season with two wins over then-No. 3 UCLA, a win over then No. 6 Arizona State, and two wins over then No. 14/No. 8 San Diego. Leading the way offensively is Jared Clark, who is hitting .405 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while also driving in 12 and scoring 11. Both Christian Colon leads the team with 18 hits in the 12 games. From the mound, Michael Morrison has logged the greatest number of midweek innings (26), while striking out a team-leading 24. Other than typical weekend starters Jeff Kaplan (1-0) and Daniel Renken (2-0), Travis Kelly, Morrison and Adam Jorgenson and Ryan Ackland have each picked up a win. Ackland has the only midweek save of the year.

SPECIAL POWERS: Khris Davis has found a special niche when it comes to pinch-hitting powers. Three of the sophomore's four home runs have come as a pinch hitter including late in Tuesday night's (Apr. 29) game vs. San Diego. His only non-pinch-hit long ball came on Apr. 1 at LMU, a game in which he started.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Junior outfielder Erik Komatsu owns the opponent best pitchers in the opening game of three-game series. The left-handed hitting Komatsu has posted a .478 batting average (22-for-46) including four doubles, three triples and two home runs. To go along with that, Komatsu has driven in 16 runs and has a slugging percentage of .826. The Camarillo native has also reached base via three walks, three HBPs and also has 2 sac-flies to his credit over the 11 weekend openers thus far.

BIG GAME PITCHER: Senior Jeff Kaplan has been at his best and has come through for the Titans in three starts against Top 5 teams in the nation. The right-hander has gone 2-0 in three starts against No. 3 UCLA, No. 1 Arizona and No. 5 UC Irvine posting a 2.70 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. He picked up wins against the Bruins and Anteaters and held the top-ranked Wildcats to two runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings in the no-decision. The senior has put together a fine season so far, posting a 8-1 record with a 4.44 ERA in 11 starts and has won six consecutive league games averaging 8-plus innings each of his last four starts. He tossed his fourth-career complete game last Friday afternoon at Santa Barbara in the Titans' come-from-behind 7-4 win in Goleta. The right-hander ranks fifth in the Big West Conference with 66 strikeouts.

BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR ARBISO: Sunday's daylight has treated Cory Arbiso (9-2) well since being moved to the Sunday slot in the Titans rotation back on Mar. 9. The right-hander from La Mirada has recorded nine straight wins and has averaged 7-plus innings in each of his starts. The junior posted his first complete game on Mar. 30 where he fanned a career high 10 hitters as he seven-hit UC Riverside. He has also posted wins over No. 1 Arizona and No. 5 UC Irvine in that slot in the rotation. Arbiso started the season as the Saturday night pitcher, but was moved to Sunday when Daniel Renken broke into rotation. Last Sunday (May 4), Arbiso held a good-hitting UC Santa Barbara team to just three hits and a run over eight innings of work in the Titans 11-1 win. Last week, Arbiso ranked 26th in nation with just 1.22 walks per nine innings. He is currently tied for 1st in the Big West Conference (With UCI's Scott Gorgen) and has the second-most wins the nation with nine. Four other hurlers in the nation have 10 wins.

SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) : The Titans are 3-8 overall on Saturdays and 2-6 since freshman Daniel Renken joined the official weekend rotation on March 15 at Arizona. It is not like Renken is pitching poorly. The righty has surrendered just 30 earned runs (3.75 per game) and 21 unearned runs (2.62 per game) in eight starts in the weekend rotation... The team is scoring on average just 4.5 runs per game (including two 11-run games thrown in the mix offsetting the five 2-run efforts for Fullerton) compared to over 7 runs for Cory Arbiso on Sundays and over 9 runs for Jeff Kaplan on Fridays. Renken is 4-4 on the year with the team's second-best ERA of 3.27 in 63.1 innings.

WE NEED A LIVE...IS IT A LIVE ROOSTER?: The Titans are having troubles on Saturdays, and have won just once (Apr. 19 at Pacific) in their last six Saturday ballgames. Overall the Titans are 3-8 and are just 1-5 in Big West play on Saturdays. In the three wins the Titans have outscored the opponents 30-9, while in the eight losses they have been outscored by opponents 23-47 and scored more than 2 runs only twice (4 runs and 7 runs). Five of the eight losses have been decided by one (0-2) or two (0-3) runs. A BURST OF POWER: The Titans hits eight home runs last week upping their season total to 32 on the year. Gary Brown led the way with two (his third and fourth), while Dustin Garneau (his third), Erik Komatsu (his sixth), Jared Clark (his fifth), Brian Wilson (his first), and Joel Weeks (his first) each had one. Wilson's slam, a three-run job to right, capped an 11-1 win over Santa Barbara on Sunday and was his first as a Titan (he had two at LMU in two seasons). Weeks' was a solo shot to right and was the first of his career at the Division I level.

GIVING HIMSELF UP: Freshman Christian Colon is doing his job in the No. 2 spot in the Titan lineup, dropping down 15 sacrifice bunts to rank 6th in the. The shortstop from Corona was also listed as 10th in the country in sacs per game (0.31). Fullerton, as a team, is fourth in the country with 58 sacrifice bunts on the year. Creighton leads the NCAA with 67. (Scoring mistakes in Santa Barbara has Colon listed on ncaa.com as having 14...the changes have been made and he indeed has 15 on the year). The Titans are seventh in the nation in Sac bunts as a team.

LAST WEEK'S TOP PITCHING PERFORMANCE: Cory Arbiso.
WEEK'S LINE: 1-0, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SOs, .107 B/Avg.

Cory Arbiso continued his magnificent work on the mound this week, tossing eight innings of three-hit ball against the Big West Conference's then second-place UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Sunday afternoon to earn the win, his ninth of the year. Not only is it his ninth win of the year, but his ninth in a row.

Arbiso (9-2) struck out six and faced just six over the minimum as the Titans rolled past the Gauchos 11-1 in he rubber-game of the three-game league series. With the win, Fullerton secured its seventh straight series win, and keeps them atop the Big West Conference standings.

Arbiso held the Gauchos to a .107 batting average on the day and dipped his ERA from 4.11 to 3.79. The La Mirada, Calif. native is tied with Scott Gorgen with the league's most number of wins and is among the nation's leaders in the category as well. The right-hander now has 53 strikeouts and just 10 walks on the year.

LAST WEEK'S TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE: Erik Komatsu.
WEEK'S LINE: .375 BA (6-for-16), 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 SF, 1 SB

Erik Komatsu led the Titans offensively on the week picking up a team-high six hits, tallting three-multi-hit games against last week's opponents No. 8 San Diego and UC Santa Barbara.

The junior tripled and homered against the nationally-ranked Toreros, driving in three in the 12-3 win on Tuesday at Goodwin Field. He also scored two runs.

In the Titan loss on Saturday against then-second place UC Santa Barbara, Komatsu did all he could offensively to provide a spark. His second two-hit game of the week provided half the Titans, total hit output (four hits by CSF) and his RBI, drove in one of the two Titan runs.

On Sunday, Komatsu went 2-for-3 and drew one of his two walks, in the Titans, 11-1.

Komatsu is now leading the Titans with a .365 overall batting average, and leads the team with six home runs and 40 RBI.

BADGE OF HONOR: 10 times the Titans were hit by a pitch last week bringing their Big West Conference leading total to 96. The Titans enter the week ranked 2nd in the nation in hit by pitches (96) trailing South Florida by just one dos for the nation's top spot. Christina Colon is leading the bruised (most in the Big West) with 12 HBPs, while Dustin Garneau, Corey Jones and Gary Brown trail by one with 10 apiece.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?: Freshman outfielder/second baseman Gary Brown hit two of the Titans' eight home runs last week with a pair at UC Santa Barbara over the weekend. Satuday's solo blast briefly got the Titans within two runs in the eventual 10-2 loss, but his two-run bomb on Sunday was the game-winnner in the 11-1 blowout. Brown has his average up to .265 on the year after hitting .375 last week (3-for-8) with three RBI. The speedster also led the Titans last week with three stolen bases in three chances bringing his season total to 13.

THE RUNNING GAME: The Titans stole their 90th base of the year when Gary Brown swiped a bage inth eeighth inning of Sunday's game at Santa Barbara. They need just 26 as a team to break into the all-time Top 10 at Cal State Fullerton to tie the 2003 sqaud for 10th all time. Lat week, they were 7-for-12 in stolen base attempts, and 7-for-9 against the Gauchos over the weekend. Gary Brown led the was with three, while four others picked up one apiece. Erik Komatsu leads the team with 14 swipes, while Josh Fellhauer, and Brown each have 13. Khris Davis, who has started just 24 games, is the fourth Titan in double digits with 10. Fullerton stole its 53rd base in its 21st game, tying last year's total set in 63 games.