Dec. 16, 2009
Birmingham, Ala. - College baseball's preseason award season began Wednesday afternoon as the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) unveiled its 10th annual Pro-Line Athletics Preseason All-American teams which listed four Cal State Fullerton Titans among its ranks.
Shortstop Christian Colon led the Titan foursome with his selection to the NCBWA first-team, while right handed pitchers Daniel Renken (second team), Noe Ramirez and Tyler Pill (third team) filled out the list on the other two squads.
Colon (Jr., SS, Corona, Calif.) is coming off a 2009 campaign that saw hit hit a hefty .357 with eight home runs and 40 RBI while also leading the Big West Conference in hits with 91. The junior shortstop also wrapped up his second tour of duty with Team USA, where he became the first player to earn the title of "Captain" in the history of the collegiate national team this past summer. Colon was a 2009 All-American, All-Big West Honorable Mention as well as a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award for the nation's best shortstop.
The Big West Conference boasts six pitchers on this year's preseason All-American prospectus, the most by any conference in the nation. Fullerton and cross-town rival UC Irvine each provided three arms to the mix.
As a sophomore pitching in the Friday night lights, Renken (jr., RHP, Cypress, Calif.) ranked in the nation's Top 25 in both wins and earned run average with an 11-3 record and a 2.69 ERA in 2009, and was also second in the Big West in strikeouts with 103 whiffs. Renken was an All-American in 2009 and also adding All-Big West First Team honors to his resume.
Co-Big West Freshman Pitchers of the Year and freshman All-Americans Pill (Soph., RHP, Covina, Calif.) and Ramirez (Soph., RHP, East Los Angeles, Calif.) combined to go a stunning 20-5 with a 174 strikeouts between them in 2009 to help propel the Titans to the College World Series. The Saturday-Sunday tandem of Ramirez and Pill solidified a strong weekend staff that averaged the fourth-best ERA in the nation in 2009. Pill broke the Fullerton freshman mark for wins in a season with 11, while Ramirez broke the freshman record for strikeouts by fanning 100 opponents in his rookie campaign.
The Titans will open the 2010 season with the Oregon Ducks, Pepperdine Waves and Long Beach State 49ers, Feb. 19-21, 2010 at Goodwin Field.