Crucial Series with LBSU Concludes Regular Season

May 23, 2007

No. 22 Long Beach St. (35-17, 13-5)
at Cal State Fullerton (32-21, 9-9)
@ Goodwin Field, Fullerton, Calif. May 25-27

Friday, 7 p.m. PST (GT, WEB, BWTV, TV)
CSF: Wes Roemer, RHP (8-6, 3.30 ERA)
LBSU: Manny McElroy, RHP (5-2, 3.69)

Saturday, 6 p.m. PST (GT, WEB, BWTV)
CSF: Jeff Kaplan, RHP (10-3, 3.42 ERA)
LBSU: Andrew Liebel, RHP (7-3, 2.53)

Sunday, 1 p.m. PST (GT, WEB, BWTV)
CSF: TBA
LBSU: TBA

PLAY BALL! The Titans' quest for a 16th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament (current mark of 15 in a row is nation's fourth longest) will apparently come down to the final weekend of the regular season. Long Beach State, which was jolted by a 3-game sweep at home by upstart UC Riverside, will try to knock the Titans out of the NCAA Regional field, something the Titans apparently did to the 49ers with a season-ending (for Long Beach) sweep last year at Blair Field by a combined score of 25-5.

The Titans have put themselves on the "bubble" by losing 9 of their last 14 games including 2-of-3 over the weekend at Cal Poly, which had never won a Div. I series over the Titans. Fullerton needs to win two of the three from Long Beach just to finish above .500 in the Big West Conference standings, where they are in a battle for fourth place with Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, which play each other this weekend.

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ON THE AIR: All three of the last regular season Titan baseball games this year will be broadcast live from Goodwin Field by Mel Franks. You can access the broadcast from any computer by going to fullertontitans.com and following the links set up on the right side of the home page.

GAME TRACKER: Follow the Titans and 49ers pitch by pitch with the 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.

BIG WEST TV: You can watch the remaining three regular-season baseball games live as they happen right from your computer. Get your subscription now at bigwest.or/tv and watch the Titans as they take on nationally-ranked Long Beach State this weekend. You are just a few clicks away from catching your Titans finish out the regular season.

ON THE TUBE: Carter Blackburn and Kevin stocker will be on the call as CSTV will broadcast live the Titans' Friday night baseball game versus Long Beach State. CSTV is widely available on cable systems across the country, including Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision and Charter. It is also available on DIRECTV's Total Choice Premier Package Channel 610 and DISH Network's America's Top 120 Package Channel 152.

IMPORTANT POSTSEASON DATES:
Regional Site Selection (ESPNews)
Sun., May 27, 12:30 p.m. PDT

Regional Bracket Announcement (ESPN)
Mon., May 28, 9:30 a.m. PDT

Regional Play (ESPNU and CSTV)
Fri. - Mon., June. 1-4

Super Regional Site Announcement (ncaasports.com)
Mon., June 4, 8 p.m. PDT

Super Regional Play (numerous ESPN channels)
Fri. - Mon., June 8-10

College World Series Game Times Announced (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNews)
Mon., June 11, 8 p.m. PDT

College World Series Play Begins June 16
at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska

THE DRAFT IS COMING: The Major League Baseball Amateur draft is scheduled for June 7 and 8 with a portion of it being televised on ESPN2 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 7th. 50 Rounds of the draft will take place for eligible high school and college players. Last year, nine Titans were selected with shortstop Blake Davis going as the highest Titan selected in the 4th round (Baltimore). The Titans have averaged 10 players selected in the MLB draft a year over the past four years.

VERSUS THE 49ERS: The Titans hold a 106-54 record all-time against the 49ers in games played since 1975 (Division I games). The two teams have squared off in the post-season once at the Stanford Regional in 2002, where Long Beach knocked the Titans out with a 4-0 shutout. In the coach Horton era, the Titans have posted a 39-29 record including winning 10 of their last 12 meetings. Earlier this year, the Titans sandwiched 7-4 and 7-5 wins over the 49ers with a Saturday 4-3 loss at Blair field from Mar. 23-25.

LAST WEEK: In San Luis Obispo, Wes Roemer was sailing along Friday night with a 3-0 lead until the seventh inning. The Mustangs loaded the bases and then caught a break when left fielder Josh Fellhauer lost his footing while preparing to catch a line drive. The ball went over his head for a game-tying triple and Cal Poly added three more runs in the inning for a 6-3 decision.

Jeff Kaplan righted the ship on Saturday, allowing only one run in eight innings. Clark Hardman's two-run double broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning of what became a 7-1 Fullerton victory.

On Sunday, the Titans tried Paul Canedo as their starting pitcher. His error on a squeeze bunt contributed to a 3-run (all unearned) second inning by Cal Poly and the Titans could manufacture only one run and lost, 3-1. Bryan Harris pitched 5 scoreless innings of one-hit relief for naught.

TITANS ON TV: Cal State Fullerton is 2-0 this year when its games have been broadcast on TV. The Titans picked up their first TV win at home on Apr. 6 against UC Irvine (Cox) and their last one on May 11 at Wichita State (K22). This is the first CSTV broadcast of a Titan game this season. Last year, the Titans won their only regular-season broadcast, 2-0, over Long Beach State as Wes Roemer tossed a complete-game shutout, earning his 11th win of the year. Friday night's broadcast team of Carter Blackburn and Kevin Stocker was on the call that night as the Titans took the first game of the series on their way to a season-sweep of the 49ers.