Dec. 21, 2009
Tucson, Ariz. - Six Cal State Fullerton baseball players have been tabbed as preseason All-Americans according to Tucson-based publication Collegiate Baseball.
Christian Colon (Jr., SS, Corono, Calif., Canyon HS) headlines the sextet on the first team and is joined by second-teamer Daniel Renken (Jr., RHP, Cypress, Calif., Orange Lutheran HS) and third-teamers Noe Ramirez (Soph., RHP, East Los Angeles, Calif., Alhambra HS), Tyler Pil (Soph., RHP, Covina, Calif. Covina HS), Nick Ramirez (Soph., 1B/LHP, Anaheim, Calif., Katella HS) and Gary Brown (Jr., CF, Diamond Bar, Calif., Diamond Bar HS).
Colon led the Big West Conference in hits and provided invaluable defense up the middle for the Titans in 2009 while hitting .357, providing some pop with 8 home runs and driving in 40 from the top of Fullerton's line-up. He was a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award (for the nation's best shortstop) and played for Team USA for the second consecutive summer.
All-Big West first teamer, and third-team Collegiate Baseball All-American Renken's 2.69 ERA was major reason the Titans' team ERA ranked No. 4 in the nation in 2009. He also provided a solid 11-3 record and was second in the Big West in strikeouts with 103. Combined with Co-Big West Freshman Pitchers of the Year Pill and Noe Ramirez and Big West first teamer Nick Ramirez, the Titans also ranked fifth in the country in fewest hits allowed and fewest walks allowed per nine innings.
Noe Ramirez (9-2, 3.33 ERA) and Pill (11-3, 4.06 ERA) broke the freshman records for strikeouts (100) and wins (11) in 2009, respectively, while Nick Ramirez (3-1, 2.61 ERA) not only provided a team-high seven saves from the pen, he hit 10 home runs as the team's designated hitter. All three were Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-Americans in 2009.
Brown's game-changing speed has helped him lead the team in stolen bases over the past two seasons, swiping nearly 50 bags in 2008 and 2009. Last year, the outfielder hit a solid .340 and compiled the third-most hits on the team (88) including a Big West Conference-leading 7 triples and drove in 40 en route to league honorable mention honors.