FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 24, 2008) – Clint Arnold’s bid for a game-tying three run home run in the ninth fell just shy of leaving the ballpark and the No. 14 Cal State Fullerton Titans held on for the 7-4 series clinching win. The Titans scored three times in the final two innings to break a 4-4 tie as they handed TCU its first series loss in almost two years.
A passed ball in the top of the first inning proved costly as the Titans jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Josh Fellhauer singled to lead off the game and moved to second when Jeff Newman was hit by the pitch. Both runners moved up 90 feet on the passed ball and Gary Brown drove in the first run of the game with a ground out to short. A Corey Jones sacrifice bunt pushed the lead to 2-0.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 23, 2008) – An impressive effort on the mound from three TCU pitchers helped the Horned Frogs even the series against No. 14 Cal State Fullerton. Steven Maxwell tossed seven strong innings and was backed up with solid efforts from Tyler Lockwood and Andrew Cashner to lock down the 4-2 victory. The Frog offense took advantage of Titan errors to score three unearned runs. Continue reading
The Cal-State Fullerton Titans are set to visit the TCU Horned Frogs for a three game set starting on Friday. The Titans are under the direction of former UC-Irvine head coach Dave Serrano. The Titans went 39-25 in 2007 while sweeping through the San Diego Regional and the Super Regionals over UCLA to qualify for the College World Series for the 15th time in the school’s history. TCU is Continue reading
CSTV writer Eric Sorensen continues his series of interviews with the CAA and Big West Conferences. He lists VCU, Old Dominion, and UNC-Wilmington as the favorites. He puts Delaware led by Alex Buchholz in the contender category and William & Mary as the Darkhorse. The full preview is available here. He also checks in on the Big West Conference where he predicts Long Beach State to win it. He puts Fullerton, Cal-Poly, and UC-Irvine as contenders with UC-Riverside as the Darkhorse. The full preview is available here.
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FULLERTON – Sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is refreshing. Sometimes change is an insult.
For the first time since 1996, the Cal State Fullerton baseball team will open a season with a new coach.
For the first time since 1999, the Titans have not been picked by the conference coaches to win the Big West title.
For the first time since 1998, the Titans have been left out of Baseball America’s Top 25 preseason poll.
Only the last change bothers new CSF coach Dave Serrano, the former Titans pitching coach who returns to Fullerton this year after three years as the coach at Big West rival UC Irvine, where he led the Anteaters to their first College World Series appearance in 2007.
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CSTV editor Doug Kroll checks in with an article previewing the top freshmen in the country. He ranks Matt Harvey of North Carolina as the best freshmen entering the season. Harvey was rated as a first round pick before the 2007 MLB Draft but his stock slipped when his ties with Scott Boras came up. He ended up getting drafted in the third round by the Angels but decided to head to Chapel Hill to play with Mike Fox. Continue reading
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Receiving 77 points and five first-place votes, Long Beach State has been selected to win its first Big West title since 2003, according to the 2008 Big West Conference preseason poll conducted by the league’s nine head coaches. Cal State Fullerton placed second, while Cal Poly followed in third place. Continue reading
Kendall Rogers has continue his Top 25 countdown and checking at #12 is the Missouri Tigers of the Big 12. Missouri finish 2nd to Texas in the BIG 12 last year and they return a very talented pitching staff led by Aaron Crow. The weekend series with Texas traveling to Columbia will help determined the BIG 12 conference and national seedings. When they tangle April 11-13 the CBB will right here reporting on the first pitch until the final out on Sunday. Mizzou article available here.
Top 25 Countdown: No. 13 Michigan
Top 25 Countdown: No. 14 Virginia
Top 25 Countdown: No. 15 Mississippi
Top 25 Countdown: No. 16 Cal State Fullerton
Top 25 Countdown: No. 17 Long Beach State
Top 25 Countdown: No. 18 Wichita State
Top 25 Countdown: No. 19 Mississippi St.
Cal-State Fullerton Media Relations department has put out a press release previewing the Titans 2008 season. This will be the first season under new head coach Dave Serrano who takes over for George Horton who left for Oregon during the offseason. Serrano was named the 2007 Baseball America National Coach of the year after bringing UC-Irvine to the CWS. The full preview is available here.
The Oregon Daily Emerald has published an article discussing some of the challenges George Horton is facing at the University of Oregon. He has decided to go after some high caliber recruits who will likely be drafted on Day 1 of the MLB draft and might never see the Eugene campus. The full article is available here.