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DePaul at Cal State Fullerton
Friday, March 13, 2015 | 5:30 PM
Fullerton, Calif. • Anderson Family Field
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Charleston Southern at Cal State Fullerton
Saturday, March 14, 2015 | 8:00 PM
Fullerton, Calif. • Anderson Family Field
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Buffalo at Cal State Fullerton - (DH)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 3:00 PM/5:00 PM
Fullerton, Calif. • Anderson Family Field
ALL DAY PROMOTION: Youth Night! The first 300 youth (8th grade and under) in uniform will get in for free.
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A LOOK AT THE WEEK
The Cal State Fullerton softball team continues its 13-game home stand hosting the Easton Tournament this weekend. The two-day event features Boise State, Charleston Southern, DePaul and Nebraska. The Titans will face DePaul and Boise State on Friday followed by Nebraska and Charleston Southern on Saturday. CSF will wrap up competition welcoming Buffalo for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday.
TICKETS & PROMOTIONS
Cal State Fullerton softball tickets are on sale for the 2015 campaign. Three types of items are available, single game tickets, tournament packages or, the best deal, the season ticket that includes all regular-season tournaments along with individual games. For details about all three ticket types, fans may click here. Always keep in mind that there are special opportunities for groups and promotional activities at Anderson Family Field (softball) and at Goodwin Field (baseball).
Cal State Fullerton students receive free admission to Titan home games with their Titan I.D. card.
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I NEED STATS, STAT!
Live stats will be provided for all games this weekend. To access live stats for the games, log ontowww.FullertonTitans.com and go to the softball schedule then click live stats. Links are also provided above.
IN THE POLLS
In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Coaches and USA Today/NFCA Coaches polls, neither the Titans, Blue Demons, Broncos, Buccaneers, Bulls or Corn Huskers are currently ranked.
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ON THE WAY UP
Cal State Fullerton endured a challenging 2014 schedule in which the Titans jumped out to a 6-0 record, chalking up the best start for the program since the 2000 squad reeled off 11 straight wins. Posting an overall record of 33-21-1, CSF reached the 33-win mark for the first time since 2007 and will look to build on that this season. Fullerton finished fourth in the Big West standings with a 13-11 record. The Titans will face another impressive schedule in 2015, competing against 10 of the top 25 teams ranked in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll including No. 7 UCLA and No. 8 Michigan.
TITANS REACH 1,400 WINS
Following a sweep in day one of the SoCal Collegiate Challenge over No. 21 Notre Dame, 8-7, and Northwestern State, 6-4, Cal State Fullerton eclipsed the 1,400-win mark in program history with a record of 1,400-727-6 (.656). Over the 36-plus year history of the program, the Titans have captured one national championship (1986), eight conference championships (1986-87, 1993, 2000-03, 2006), 25 NCAA tournament appearances (1982-96, 1999-03, 2005-09), made six Women's College World Series appearances (1982-83, 1985-87, 1995), while producing 29 All-Americans for 38 selections.
DUELING THE DEMONS
DePaul is off to a 6-12 start to the season after competing two weeks ago in the Alexis Park Resort Classic in Las Vegas, dropping all four contests to UNLV, New Mexico State, Idaho State and Wisconsin. The Blue Demons had all four of their games cancelled last weekend in Cardondale, Ill., in the Coach B. Classic. The DePaul offense is led by duel first baseman/pitcher threat Mary Connolly. The senior is batting .462 (18-for-39) with six home runs, 17 RBIs and 11 runs scored to go along with a .949 slugging percentage. A trio of Blue Demons have shared pitching duties in Maxine Rodriguez (2-2, 6.18 ERA, 39 and 2/3 innings, three complete games), Megan Leyva (2-3, 6.66 ERA, 34 and 2/3 innings, 15 strikeouts) and Connolly (2-7, 9.55 ERA, 33 innings, 16 strikeouts). Cal State Fullerton posts a dismal 3-7 record in the all-time series, all of which have been contested at home. DePaul defeated Fullerton last season by a 5-2 tally on March 15, while the last Titans' victory came on the same day in 2013 with a 6-0 decision.
BUCKING THE BRONCOS: ROUND THREE
The Titans own a 4-0 all-time series record against Boise State after a 15-4 rout in five innings earlier this season on Feb. 13 in the Wilson/Demarini Classic in Las Vegas and another 2-0 shutout on Feb. 28 at the Louisville Slugger Tournament co-hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Boise State returns to Southern California with an 8-16 record after hosting the Springhill Suites Invitational, picking up a 4-3 victory over Montana. The Broncos have been led by a 1-2 punch of Devon Bridges and Makenzie Sullivan. Bridges posts team-highs in average (.408), hits (29), slugging percentage (.606) and on-base percentage (.528). Sullivan enters the tournament recording team-highs in doubles (8), home runs (4) and RBIs (23). Rachel Rodriguez has emerged as the ace of the Broncos' pitching staff, posting a 3-8 mark to go along with a 4.47 ERA, five complete games, and 15 strikeouts over 72 innings.
The Corn Huskers enter the Easton Tournament with a 9-11 record after defeating Nebraska-Omaha, 10-1, on Wednesday and posting a 2-2 mark (wins over South Dakota, 8-3, and 12-2) at the Shocker Invitational in Wichita, Kan. The Nebraska pitching staff has a combined ERA of 5.94 and is primarily led by sophomore Cassie McClure (5-2, 3.19 ERA, 41 and 2/3 innings, .261 opponents average) and junior Emily Lockman (4-6, 6.79 ERA, 54 and 2/3 innings, 36 strikeouts). Nebraska's junior outfielder Kiki Stokes pioneers the Corn Huskers' offensive attack hitting at a season clip of .450, scoring 23 runs, blasting six home runs while leading the team in total bases (50) and walks (10). The Titans and Corn Huskers have a close history with a 9-8 edge in favor of Nebraska. Fullerton has dropped two consecutive and seven of the last 10 contests. Nebraska defeated CSF, 9-2, last season on March 8, while the last victory at home for the Titans was all the way back in 1990 with a 3-1 decision on March 22.
JOUSTING WITH THE BUCCANEERS
Charleston Southern (16-8) travels to Southern California winning seven of its last eight including a doubleheader sweep of Youngstown State, 5-2, and 6-5 on March 10. The Bucs will have a full slate of games at the Easton Tournament, facing Nebraska, DePaul, Boise State and Cal State Fullerton. In the circle, Charleston Southern is largely pioneered by sophomore right-hander Cheyenne Gandara, who has tallied an 11-4 record with eight complete games and 101 strikeouts over 82 innings. Senior right-hander Jennifer Giles has also seen plenty work tossing 60 innings to collect a 4-4 mark with a 3.03 ERA and six complete games. The Bucs' offense has been powered by the long ball all season long, carding 29 as a squad. Gandara also swings a hot bat blasting 10 home runs to go along with four doubles, 27 RBIs and a .912 slugging percentage. Senior Marci Christian has added 12 round-trippers of her own, en route to 22 runs scored, 27 RBIs and an average of (.313). The Titans and Buccaneers have a short history with Cal State Fullerton garnering both meetings by scores of 5-0 in Long Beach, Calif. in 2012 and 10-2 in Fullerton in 2013.
BATTLING THE BULLS
Buffalo heads to the west coast with a 4-11 record after snapping a five-game losing streak to defeat Evansville, 14-13, in Macon, Ga. The Bulls will participate in the CSUN Tournament this week tangling with Bryant, CSUN, Colorado State and Iona in Northridge, Calif. on March 13-15. The Bulls offense has been headlined by San Diego, Calif. native Alexis Curtis who is hitting .481 with one home run and 13 RBIs. The senior leads the team in runs (13), hits (25), and doubles (9) while boasting a .750 slugging percentage and a .526 on-base percentage. In the circle, Buffalo's pitching staff is comprised of a trio of Buccaneers in senior Hayley Barrow (1-3, 6.05 ERA, 22 innings, .263 opponents average), sophomore Bobbi Langlois (1-5, 7.12 ERA, 40 and 1/3 innings, three complete games) and freshman Charlotte Miller (2-3, 7.28 ERA, 33 and 2/3 innings, 17 strikeouts). The doubleheader will be the first meetings between the Titans and Buffalo in series history.
Over the prestigious Judi Garman Classic weekend, the Titans set a single-tournament record for attendance at Anderson Family Field with 2,286 fans attending day three's action on March 7 breaking the previous mark of 2,096 vs. Fresno State on March 21, 2008 also at the Judi Garman Classic.
FROM HUNTINGTON, TO FULLERTON, TO PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cal State Fullerton freshman Samantha Vandiver torched opposing pitching this past weekend with a .733 average and hit safely in five games to garner Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honors, it was announced by the conference on Monday.
Most impressively, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native did a good portion of the damage against ranked opponents. She was a perfect 3-for-3 against No. 3 Michigan in a mid-week bout, and then opened the Fullerton-hosted Judi Garman Classic with a pair of hits in three at-bats against No. 22 Arizona State. Vandiver also doubled and knocked in a pair of runs in a 3-2 upset victory over No. 14 Auburn. In a narrow 12-11 loss to Iowa, Vandiver scored a career-high four times and went 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. She smacked her second double while scoring and driving in her fifth runs of the week in the tournament finale against San Diego State to extend her hitting streak to a team-high 10th game.
Thus far into the 2015 campaign, Vandiver boasts a .643 average (18-for-28) in 10 starts while competing in a total of 20 contests. She has scored eight times, collected seven RBIs and added a pair of stolen bases.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West Conference with a .975 fielding percentage. The Titans have surrendered only 19 errors which is second best in the league. The Fullerton pitching and defense has forced opponents to hit into a conference best 12 double plays through 26 games.
TITANS TOPPLE TIGERS
Behind a complete game gem from CSF's Desiree Ybarra in day two of the Judi Garman Classic on March 7, Fullerton upset then 14th-ranked Auburn, 3-2, to hand the Tigers just their second loss of the season. The left-hander limited the Tigers' offense to just two runs on seven hits while walking five and fanning two. The Tigers were also the highest ranked opponent in a Titans' win since a 6-1 decision over No. 15 Baylor in 2014. This is Fullerton's second victory over a top 25 squad this season after an 8-7 walk-off of No. 21 Notre Dame on Feb. 8.
After finishing second in the Big West Conference for being hit with the most pitches (12) last season, opposing pitchers continue to tag senior Eliza Crawford as she's already been struck a league-high 10 times.
Juniors Courtney Rodriguez and Missy Taukeiaho are second and fifth in the conference standings in highest batting average with clips of .412 and .391, respectively. Rodriguez is also the current Big West frontrunner in hits (36), while Taukeiaho posts impressive marks in the offensive categories of on-base percentage (.533), runs (22), and walks (19).
In a back and forth game versus No. 21 Notre Dame an unlikely hero emerged in Fullerton, Calif., native Gabby Rodas. While the heated contest was littered with five home runs, in the bottom of the seventh with the bases-loaded and the game tied 7-7, Rodas fouled off multiple pitches until she earned a walk to drive in the game-winning RBI in stunning fashion.
As if a bases-loaded walk was an unorthodox scenario to walk-off an opponent, the Titans once again manufactured a way to win in epic proportions against Oklahoma State on Feb. 22. With Missy Taukeiaho standing on second base and in scoring position, Sarah Moore stayed patient on a 3-1 count in the bottom of the seventh to draw a walk. The unique aspect of this is that the ball four was airmailed over the catcher for a wild pitch, and Taukeiaho rounded third to slide home safely and shock the Cowgirls and seal the 6-5 walk-off victory.
GOOD THINGS HAPPEN IN THE THIRD
The Titans have dominated on both sides of the field in the third inning limiting opponents to a combined 11 runs while the Fullerton bats have managed to bring across 33 runs in the same frame. In contrast, the Titans have been outscored in the seventh frame 27-8, worst of any inning.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE TITANS
Fullerton finished fourth in the Big West race a season ago with a 13-8 mark in conference play to go along with a 33-21-1 overall record. The Titans return 12 letter winners and three pitchers while welcoming 14 newcomers (four transfers) to the fold for the 2015 campaign.
BIG WEST OUTLOOK
The Titans were picked to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2015 as selected by the eight head coaches in the annual preseason poll. Cal State Fullerton received three first-place votes and 56 points overall. Long Beach State is the favorite to repeat as Big West Softball champions as the 49ers secured four first-place votes and 59 points for the top nod this season. Cal Poly garnered the remaining first-place vote and collected 50 points for third place.
BIG WEST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
1. Long Beach State (4) - 59
2. Cal State Fullerton (3) - 56
3. Cal Poly (1) - 50
4. UC Santa Barbara - 40
5. Hawai'i - 31
6. CSUN - 24
7. UC Davis - 24
8. UC Riverside - 9
() First-place votes
For the first time in recent memory, head coach Kelly Ford has designated juniors Missy Taukeiaho, Samantha Galarza and the lone senior on the squad, Eliza Crawford, as team captains.
Decorated with national recogniton, Taukeiaho was a menace to opposing pitchers from the leadoff spot as she hammered a conference-leading 19 home runs. The performance placed her at No. 2 in Big West single-season history, trailing only former CSF slugger Stephenie Little, who owns the record with 23 round trippers in 1999. The third baseman also set a Big West single-season record with 62 runs scored, and landed at No. 6 in RBI (51) and No. 9 in average (.429). The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native produced 21 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games.
In 2014, Galarza was one of two players to start all 55 games totaling 54 hits, five home runs, 24 runs scored and 29 RBIs. Recognized as a member of the All-Big West Second Team, she batted a clip of .329, collecting 75 total bases, six doubles, three stolen bags and a slugging percentage of (.457). The Moreno Valley, Calif., native also shows a strong showing in the classroom being tabbed on the 2013-14 CoSIDA Academic All-District squad with a 3.95 GPA as a communications major.
Coming in the clutch with five game-winning RBIs last season, Crawford launched a career-high 12 home runs en route to 36 RBIs, 82 total bases and 23 walks. The Lakewood, Calif., native concluded the year in the conference's top-five in home runs, sacrifice flies (3), and slugging percentage (.607). The first baseman also became the first Titan since 1996 to post a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 (minimum of 100 chances), refusing to surrender an error in 176 chances.
Cal State Fullerton consists of nine freshman, six of which are position players and the remaining three on the pitching staff. Rookie Shianne Brannan is looking to have a promising season at the shortstop position, filling the void of the graduated Gabby Aragon. A quartet of Titans have transferred to the 2015 team, with all four in contention to crack the starting lineup or make an immediate impact.
University of Arizona junior transfer Courtney Rodriguez looks to make a big splash in the outfield, while Oregon St. sophomore transfer Kylie Padilla will be leaned on for catcher duties as she also looks to fill another void in graduated Ariel Tsuchiyama.
NEW LOOK STAFF
Cal State Fullerton head softball coach Kelly Ford announced the promotion of Jorge Araujo to the role of first assistant coach and Claire Sua-Amundson as an assistant coach in mid-August. Araujo enters his third season as an assistant on the softball staff where he will continue to be the recruiting coordinator and defensive specialist for the team.
Sua-Amundson joins the Fullerton softball staff after completing her third season with the Stanford softball program, and her second as the associate head coach. Last season, Sua-Amundson helped lead Stanford to a 39-21 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference (13-11). The Cardinal finished the season with a No. 21/22 final national ranking. Under her guidance, the Cardinal made their 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
Six Titans garnered 2014 conference honors including Missy Taukeiaho who became the 11th Titan in program history to capture Big West Player of the Year. To cap off the season, Taukeiaho garnered third team NFCA All-American status, while recently being named on the USA Softball Top 50 "Watch List" for national player of the year consideration.
CSF's Ariel Tsuchiyama joined Taukeiaho on the All-Big West First Team followed by Leesa Harris and Samantha Galarza on the second team, Eliza Crawford as an honorable mention, and Christina Washington on the conference's inaugural All-Freshman Team. A quartet of all-conference honorees return for the 2015 campaign in Crawford, Galarza, Taukeiaho, and Washington.
TITANS INK TRIO TO 2016 SIGNING CLASS
Head softball coach Kelly Ford announced that three area prep athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play softball for the Cal State Fullerton Titans. Sydney Golden, Raeanne Martinez and Ariana Williams all hail from California and will begin their careers with the Titans at the beginning of the 2015-16 academic school year.