Dec. 22, 2006
Tucson, Arizona - In the first of four major 2007 preseason polls, Cal State Fullerton baseball has been ranked 12th in the nation by long-time publication Collegiate Baseball after finishing the 2006 season at No. 4.
Fullerton is coming off a 2006 campaign that saw them go 50-15 finishing tied for third in the country with a 2-2 showing at the College World Series.
The Titans core was hit rather hard by the professional draft as they lose players like Justin Turner, Brett Pill, Blake Davis, Danny Dorn and Brandon Tripp, and key role players in Ryan Paul and Vinnie Pestano. They will also be missing the nation's leader in wins in Lauren Gagnier and 12-game winner Dustin Miller from its starting rotation. But the returning talent of Wes Roemer (RHP), Evan McArthur (3B), Joe Scott (SS) and Clark Hardman (CF), and a solid recruiting effort by the Titans (8th in the nation by Collegiate Baseball) has kept the program among the leaders in the preseason top 40.
Oregon St., which won the College World Series for the firs time in school history last year was not ranked in the Collegiate baseball preseason poll. The Beavers, which would have been ranked 41st, suffered heavy losses as seven starting position players left along with the team's top three pitchers.
Eight 2007 Titan opponents will start the season in the top 40, with Rice garnering the top spot in the country.
Fullerton will open its season at home versus No. 23 Stanford on Feb. 2, 2007.