May 14, 2006
FULLERTON, CA -
Please note the change in game times for both of Friday's first round match-ups...
Cal State Fullerton's road to Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series begins in Fresno, Calif., as the Titans travel to Fresno State for the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
The Titans, who finished the season champions of the Big West Conference with a 36-22 overall record and a 14-4 mark in league play, will meet the host Bulldogs on Friday night (May 19) at 5 p.m.
National No. 12 seed Stanford will meet Tulsa in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.
The winner of the Fresno regional will meet the winner of the Tuscaloosa regional which features host Alabama, Mississippi Valley State, Florida A&M, and Georgia Tech.
It is Fullerton's 24th postseason appearance in the program's 27-year history, including the Titans' second-straight appearance and the sixth regional trip in the last seven years.
The Titans will head to Fresno for the fourth time in postseason play, last appearing at Bulldog Diamond in 2002 when five of the six regional participants were ranked in the top 25. Cal State Fullerton would fall to eventual national champion California in the regional championship that season.
Cal State Fullerton is 31-36 all time against Fresno State, downing the Bulldogs in this year's season opener, 5-4, in Phoenix, Ariz. The Titans are 2-1 in the postseason against Fresno State and 10-20 at Bulldog Diamond.
The Titans are 5-12 all time against Stanford, including 1-0 in the postseason - eliminating the Cardinal from the Fresno regional in 2002. Fullerton and Stanford have met six times on neutral fields with the Cardinal holding a 4-2 advantage.
Fullerton and Tulsa have met only once, with the Titans coming out on top by a 3-2 score in 2000.
In postseason play, Cal State Fullerton has compiled a 63-47 (.573) all time record, including a 35-31 mark in NCAA Regional play since 1982.
The Titans have met 20 of the 64 teams in this year's postseason, including 10 of the top 16 seeds, posting a 15-16 combined mark against those squads.