FULLERTON, Calif. — In front of a sold out crowd, Thomas Eshelman became the first true freshman to start Opening Night for Cal State Fullerton since Mark Beck in 1987. He didn’t disappoint. He pitched six strong innings without allowing an earned run to help the Titans to a 3-2 win over USC Friday night at Goodwin Field. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — It took 14 free passes and a big day from preseason All-American Michael Lorenzen, but No. 8 Cal State Fullerton scratched out another close victory. The Titans came back to beat USC 4-2 Tuesday night at Goodwin Field.
Lorenzen was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple. He scored the go-ahead run and drove in two more the following inning. He also pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 13th save of the season, striking out the final batter with a 98-mph fastball.
UC Irvine (18-13, 4-4) won the first game 4-1 thanks to an outstanding performance from sophomore starting pitcher Andrew Thurman (3-2). He pitched eight hitless innings before Austin Kingsolver broke up the no-hitter with an infield single on a chopper up the middle.
The Titans threatened in the ninth inning after a pair of walks loaded the bases, but Race Parmenter closed out the game, inducing a pair of ground balls for a double play and the final out.
Tommy Reyes had a big RBI single and Kris Paulino also drove in a run for the Anteaters.
After only one hit in the first game, Cal State Fullerton came out with their bats on fire in the second matchup. The Titans pounded 18 hits and ransacked the ‘Eaters 13-2. Fullerton chased Irvine starter Crosby Slaught (3-3) in a seven-run second inning. On the other side, Kenny Mathews really picked up the Titans. He allowed only two runs on six hits in seven strong innings. He didn’t walk a batter while striking out seven.
Cal State Fullerton had six batters record multiple-hit performances in the second game. Clay Williamson, in only his second career start, led the way with a pair of hits, including a bases-clearing triple in the second inning. Michael Lorenzen and Matt Chapman also had three RBI.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Behind two impressive starting pitching performances, the Cal State Fullerton Titans defeated rival Long Beach State with a pair of come-from-behind 2-1 wins Friday at Goodwin Field.
Dylan Floro won the first game pitching eight innings, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out five. In the second game, the win went to freshman Kenny Mathews, who allowed five hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings.
After the game, I talked with Mathews and Fullerton (12-6) head coach Rick Vanderhook. Vanderhook discussed Mathews’ rapid development this season and the fight his team has shown this season. He also talked about how the team turned things around at Texas A&M last weekend: Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — USC scored seven unanswered runs Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field to take a 7-4 win over No. 19 Cal State Fullerton. The Trojans (9-3) used 13 singles, including five in a five-run seventh inning, to knock off the Titans (9-4).
After the game we talked to each team’s head coaches. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — Cal State Fullerton scored the final five runs Wednesday night at Goodwin Field to take a 6-2 win over Loyola Marymount. It wasn’t pretty, but the Titans won their fourth consecutive game to improve to 5-3 on the season.
After the game we talked to each team’s head coaches, who were both disappointed with the way their teams played. Continue reading
That’s how Cal State Fullerton first-year head coach Rick Vanderhook described the Titans 6-2 win over visiting Loyola Marymount Wednesday evening at Goodwin Field.
What exactly was ugly? Continue reading
The Daily Titan, Cal State Fullerton’s student newspaper, featured new head coach Rick Vanderhook today. He is taking over the Titans program after spending the last four seasons at UCLA and before that, he served as an assistant at Fullerton under Augie Garrido and George Horton. Continue reading
Cal State Fullerton is set to name current UCLA assistant coach Rick Vanderhook according to sources close to the program. Before going to UCLA to become an assistant coach for the last three seasons, he spent 21 years as an assistant at Cal State Fullerton under Augie Garrido and George Horton. Continue reading