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The team that will be hosting Washington in the Super Regionals for a chance to go to Omaha. Photo courtesy of ocregister.com
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON TITANS
2018 Record: 35-23, 18-6 and first place in the Big West Conference
- BIG WEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
- Won the Stanford Regional in Palo Alto, beating Stanford TWICE, including a 5-2 regional-clinching victory on June 3rd
- Started the season 1-7, losing their first four games, including three straight to Stanford at Stanford on February 16-18!
- In their 54 years of existence, Cal State Fullerton baseball has NEVER had a losing season!
- 44 straight seasons with at least 30 wins!
- 27 consecutive appearances in the postseason
- 29 conference championships, including 17 Big West titles
- 18 appearances in the College World Series
- Four national championships, won in 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004
Coach: Rick Vanderhook, 7th season
- Colton Eastman, P: 10-3, 2.20 ERA, 116 strikeouts (Taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 4th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft)
- Andrew Quezada, P: 4-5, 3.90 ERA (Taken by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the MLB Draft)
- Tommy Wilson, P: 6-0, 2.83 ERA (Taken by the New York Mets in the 19th round of the MLB Draft)
- Brett Conine, RP: 4-1, 3.96 ERA, 10 saves (Taken by the Houston Astros in the 11th round of the MLB Draft)
- Daniel Cope, C – .280 average, 5 HR, 42 RBI
- Hank LoForte, 2B – .338 average, 1 HR, 33 RBI
- Ruben Cardenas, RF – .297 average, 4 HR, 37 RBI (Taken by the Cleveland Indians in the 16th round of the MLB Draft)
2018 Super Regionals at Goodwin Field, Fullerton, CA
OPPONENT: Washington Huskies
- Friday, June 8th, 11:00 a.m. TV: ESPN2
- Saturday, June 9th, 3:30 p.m. TV: ESPNU
- Sunday, June 10th, 6:00 pm. TV: ESPNU (if necessary)
Goodwin Field, on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, where the Titans will be hosting their Super Regional vs Washington this weekend. Photo courtesy of fullertontitans.com
A Few Thoughts:
This is an incredible college sports program when one thinks about it – the most successful in the California State University system!
I’m quite sure that no other Cal State sports program has won more NCAA Division 1 championships than Cal State Fullerton’s baseball team; if there are any teams in that system that have won more nattys, I’d very much like to hear about them!
San Diego State’s and Fresno State’s football teams, while having a long and successful history with standout players such as Marshall Faulk for SDSU and David Carr for Fresno, programs that certainly get more attention, haven’t won any D1 titles.
But Fullerton’s Titans, a commuter school that dropped football in 1992, have been golden on the diamond.
Not bad for a program that has only been in existence since 1965!
The incredible thing about this season in particular has been the fact that those navy blue and orange-clad Titans, after appearing in their 18th College World Series in 2017, started 2018 by winning just one of their first eight games!
With the first three of those losses to – get this – Stanford, on the very same field in Palo Alto where nearly four months later CSUF would get their revenge in an epic fashion during the recent regional.
(ARGUABLY) THE BIGGEST HOME RUN IN CAL STATE FULLERTON HISTORY: Jace Chamberlin’s walk-off blast to give the Titans a 2-1 win on June 1st BTW: He looks a lot like Babe Ruth, doesn’t he? Photo courtesy of 93x.com
And to add the proverbial cherry-on-top, Stanford was not only the Pac-12 Conference champ, they were the overall number two seed in the NCAA Tournament!
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a team in any sport getting bigger retribution than Fullerton did against that Cardinal!
You know the Titans were destined when a freshman who looked like a combination of an offensive lineman and Babe Ruth, a non-starter who had never hit a home run in college, comes off the bench to pinch hit in the bottom of the 9th inning of their first regional game with Stanford and – much like Robert Redford playing Roy Hobbs in the 1984 movie “The Natural” – blasts a towering walk-off homer, putting CSUF in the regional-decider.
Now that CSUF is in their 14th Super Regional and aiming for their 19th trip to Omaha, NE, I see no reason whatsoever as to not have those Titans beating Washington and making their bid for a fifth national crown.
Clearly and without a doubt, I feel comfortable in stating this…
The Cal State Fullerton Titans baseball team is the best sports program that the Cal State University System has to offer.
And the best college baseball program in SoCal (though UCLA and especially USC, with their 12 national titles even though their last crown was in 1998, will dispute this).
It should go without saying that I see those Titans handling their business versus the Huskies and doing their thing at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha starting June 16th.
We’ll certainly see if they fulfill that prediction…
Cal State Fullerton in a wild celebration after Jace Chamberlin’s game-winning home run against Stanford on June 2nd Photo courtesy of ocregister.com