May 28, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal Sate Fullerton (38-15, 18-3) concludes its 2010 regular season this weekend at home with Cal State Northridge (28-24, 9-12). The Titans already have won the Big West title and automatic berth into the NCAA Playoffs but need to build on Tuesday's win over No. 7 UCLA and finish strong for a chance at one of the eight national seeds.
Fri., May 28, vs. Cal State Northridge (Goodwin Field), 7 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Dylan Floro (6-0, 3.23 ERA)
CSUN: RHP, Billy Ott (3-8, 6.31 ERA)
Sat., May 29, vs. Cal State Northridge (Goodwin Field), 6 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Noe Ramirez (9-2, 2.74 ERA)
CSUN: RHP, Justen Gorski (5-2, 5.44 ERA)
Sun., May 30, vs. Cal State Northridge (Goodwin Field), 1 p.m.
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (10-2, 3.96 ERA)
CSUN: RHP, TBA
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Games can be followed on CBS College Sports' Gametracker; Can be heard for free on fullertontitans.com; and will be video streamed on Big West TV (subscription)
VERSUS CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: The Titans hold a 43-16 all-time series record over the Matadors dating back to the 1975 season. The two teams have competed in the Big West Conference together since 2001 and Fullerton has a 20-7 record against them in league action. Fullerton is 24-7 all-time against Northridge at home and is 18-4 at the current location, that includes a CSUN3-game sweep of the Titans in 2002. The advantage that Northridge holds over Fullerton is in extra inning affairs. The Matadors are 3-0 all-time in extra frames, including a 15-inning series opener in 2009 at Matador Field. That was the day the Titans learned that their former teammate Jon Wilhite was involved in a series car accident that killed three others including Angels pitcher Nick Adenhardt. The came had to be resumed the next day because of darkness on Apr. 9.
ROUSEY RETURNS HOME: Cal State Northridge skipper Steve Rousey pitched for Cal State Fullerton from 1982-84 under Augie Garrido. He compiled a 15-5 record and a 3.58 ERA and was part of the 1984 national championship squad.
&\#149; The Titans' 7.9 runs per game ranks them tied for 9th all time in CSF history
&\#149; The Titans' 12.3 hits per game is on pace to set a new school record. The current record is 12.1 hog (1999)
&\#149; The Titans have out-hit their opponent 41 times this year and are 37-4 in those games.
&\#149; The Titans are just 1-10 in games that they were out hit.
&\#149; As a team the Titans are hitting .346 vs. righties and .343 against lefties.
&\#149;Fullerton is hitting .360 with runners in scoring position this season.
&\#149; The Titans have won 11 of their last 12, 20 of their last 22, and 26 of their last 30.
&\#149; Fullerton is 19-8 at home this year, with 6 of those losses coming within the first 16 games of the season.
&\#149; The Titans have a chance to win their 40th game of the year this week for the 25th time in the program's 36-year history.
BASEBALL AMERICA PREDICTIONS: Jim Callis of Baseball America predicts in his Draft Preview column that the Titans will have a pair of first round draft picks in Christian Colon and Gay Brown come June 7, the first day of the MLB First Year Players Draft. Callis has Colon going to the Reds as the 12th overall pick, and Brown going to the Phillies as the 27th overall pick. Also in the Draft Preview, Baseball America has ranked Brown as the Top Athlete, the Fastest Runner and the Best Defensive Player in the draft, while Colon has the Best Strike Zone Judgemnt, and is the second Best Pure Hitter in the draft.
MORE FROM BASEBALL AMERICA: When national college baseball writer Aaron Fitt was posed the question: "Which elite team's success hinges most on one player? In other words, who is the nation's Mr. Indispensable?" in his weekly online chat, Fitt's response was short and sweet, "Christian Colon"
SOMETHING SPECIAL: As the season winds down, the 2010 Titans are making a run at setting a new school record for team batting average. Going into this week, the Titans are hitting .346 as a team. The top spot is currently occupied by the 1999 Titans, who hit a solid .338. The 1980 (.337) and the 1995 (.336) squads round out the Top 3. Last year's Titans cracked the Top 10 by hitting .329, coming in tied for eighth in school history. Their current mark ranks 10th in the nation coming into this week.
DOUBLE-DIGIT HITS: Cal State Fullerton has recorded 10-or-more hits 37 times this season including a season high 25 knocks on Apr. 2 against UC Davis. The Titans have had 10-or-more hits in 23 of their last 26 games and 28 of their last 33. Fullerton is averaging 12.3 hits per game which currently ranks as the best all-time in Fullerton DI history.
SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING EVENTS:
Regional Site Announcement
When: Sunday, May 30, 2010, 12:30 p.m. PT
Where: ncaa.com/cws, ESPN Network bottom lines
64-Team Field Announcement
When: Monday, May 31, 2010, 9:30 a.m. PT
Where: ESPN, ncaa.com/cws
When: Fri.-Mon., June 4-7, 2010, TBA
Where: Selected games will be broadcast on ESPNU, ncaa.com/cws
Super Regional Site Announcement
When: Monday, June 7, 2010, approximately 8 p.m. PT
2010 MLB First-Year Players Draft
When: Mon., June 7-9, 2010
Round 1: June 7, 4 p.m PT
Rounds 2-30: June 8, 9 a.m. PT
Rounds 31-50, June 9, 9 a.m. PT
Where: Secaucus, NJ - MLB.com, MLB Network (DirecTV 213)
NCAA Super Regionals
When: Fri.-Mon., June 11-14, 2010, TBA
Where: Sites TBD, All games live on ESPN/ESPN2/ ESPNU/ESPN3, ncaa.com/cws
CWS Game Times Announced:
When: Mon., June 14, 2010, TBA
Where: ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNews, ncaa.com/cws
College World Series
When: Sat.-Tues./Wed., June 19-June 29/30, TBA
Where: Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska
All games live on ESPNHD/ESPN2HD/ESPN3, ncaa.com/cws