Ten Titans Honored on Big West All-Conference Teams

Ten Titans Honored on Big West All-Conference Teams

May 26, 2009

Irvine, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton hurlers Tyler Pill and Noe Ramirez were named Co-Big West Conference Freshman Pitchers of the Year to headline 10 Titan All-Conference honorees as announced by the Irvine-based league office Tuesday afternoon.

Jared Clark (Castaic, Calif.), Khris Davis (Glendale, Ariz.), Josh Fellhauer (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Daniel Renken (Cypress, Calif.) and Nick Ramirez (Anaheim, Calif.) represented the Titans on the All-Big West First Team. Dustin Garneau (San Pedro, Calif.), Christian Colon (Corona, Calif.), Gary Brown (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Pill and Noe Ramirez were all named honorable mentions.

Pill (Covina, Calif.) led the team in regular-season wins with 10, and set the school's freshman record for victories in a season, breaking the old record set by Dustin Miller (2002) and Dave Weatherman (1979). The right-hander has posted a 10-3 record with a 4.10 ERA and has struck out 64 and walked just 12 in 90 innings. The 12 walks is the second-fewest in the conference.

Noe Ramirez (East Los Angeles, Calif.) ranks fourth in the league in ERA (2.93) and third in opponent's batting average (.228) after starting the season in the Titans' bullpen. In March he was promoted to the weekend rotation and has since compiled a 7-1 record and has struck out 78 opponents, ranking him third in the Big West in that category.

Clark hit .340 over the first 56 games of the year with 11 home runs (2nd in league) and 70 RBI (first in league), while also walking a team-leading 30 times and stealing a career-high 13 bases. The senior first baseman has also played exceptional defense posting a .994 fielding percentage in over 500 chances.

Davis, the Titans' junior right fielder, topped the league with 12 home runs, 24 doubles and ranked third in slugging percentage at .620, and posted a three-home run day back on Mar. 1 versus then No. 14 Stanford. Renken leads the conference in ERA (2.50) and opposing batting average (.204) and ranks second in innings pitched (101.0) and strikeouts (82). Renken went 9-2 in the regular season in 14 starts in 2009.

Nick Ramirez has at times dominated both at the plate and on the mound. The rookie southpaw hit .287 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI after cooling off following a blazing hot first half of the season. On the mound, he picked up where he left off with the bat to go 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA with 6 saves in 35.2 innings in relief. His 10 home runs rank him tied for fourth in the Big West, while his six saves were the fifth most.

One of the nation's best shortstops may have been overlooked in this year's all-league honors. Colon, one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award presented to the nation's top shortstop, fell behind Ben Orloff (1st team from UC Irvine) and Kyle Smith (2nd team from Cal Poly) in voting while earning his second career honorable mention. Colon scored 69 runs for Fullerton to lead the league, while batting .347 with 7 home runs and 32 RBI. The sophomore, expecting to play for Team USA for the second straight season, also ranked in the league's Top 10 in on-base percentage (8th, .436), hits (7th, 78), total bases (5th, 118) and hit by pitches (t-3rd, 16).

Garneau hit four homers and drove in 21 while hitting a career-best .261 this season, but most importantly threw out nearly 60 percent of the runners trying to steal off him, and managed a fairly young and inexperienced pitching staff behind the plate.

Brown has been a spark plug for the Titans all year, hitting .329 with 14 doubles, 6 triples, three home runs and 31 RBI from the top of the order. The sophomore has also stolen a team-leading 20 bases, ranking him 5th in the Big West.

The No. 2 nationally-seeded Titans are preparing to host the 2009 NCAA Regional at Goodwin Field this weekend against Georgia Southern, Utah and Gonzaga.


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