Dec. 21, 2009
Tucson, Ariz. - Cal State Fullerton baseball will begin the 2010 season as the No. 4 team in the country according to long-time baseball publication Collegiate Baseball, as it released its Fabulous 40 Preseason Poll Monday morning.
The Titans are coming off a 47-16 finish in 2009 that saw them make their 16th trip to the College World Series, and first under Head CoachDave Serrano.
Augie Garrido's Texas Longhorns are the preseason favorites to win the final College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium and are followed by LSU, Virginia, Fullerton and Arizona State in the Top 5.
Serrano's Titans will have a loaded pitching staff returning in 2010, with four of them receiving Collegiate Baseball All-American status in 2009. Daniel Renken (Jr., Cypress, Calif.), Noe Ramirez (Soph., East Los Angeles Calif.), Tyler Pill (Soph., Covina, Calif.) and Nick Ramirez (Soph., Anaheim, Calif.) combined for a 34-9 record with seven saves a year ago, and will be the headliners to this year's pitching staff.
Also coming back will be two-time Team USA shortstop Christian Colon (Jr., SS, Corona, Calif.) and speedster Gary Brown (Jr., CF, Diamond Bar, Calif.) who will look to again be main contributors to the Titan lineup as well as shore up the middle of the defensive lineup.
The Titans are also looking to utilize key members of its 2010 recruiting class to fill out the starting line-up. Serrano, Recruiting Coordinator Sergio Brown and the rest of the staff have assembled the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball.
This year's class features 17 incoming players (12 freshman, four junior college transfers and a four-year college transfer) that includes five prospects (Dylan Floro - RHP, Buhoch Colony HS, 20th round, Rays, Geno Escalante - C, Rodriguez HS, 28th round Brewers, David Hurlbut - LHP, Diablo Valley College, 35th round, Twins, Anthony Hutting - OF, Tesoro HS, 38th round, Rangers and Ivory Thomas OF, Downey HS, 42nd round, Astros) that were selected in the 2009 MLB First-Year Players Draft.
The Titans will open its 2010 campaign with the Oregon Ducks, Pepperdine Waves and Long Beach State 49ers at Goodwin Field from Feb. 19-21, respectively.