Cal-State Fullerton Preview

The fifth ranked Sun Devils (53-12) will travel to Fullerton, California to face the third ranked Cal-State Fullerton Titans (46-13) with the ultimate goal that every College Baseball team envisions at the beginning of the year – playing at Omaha. ASU will try to make its 19th trip to the College World Series, with play starting on Friday. Here is a preview of the team that will try to stand in the Devils' way.

It is no secret that Cal-State Fullerton's strength is pitching. They have three pitchers with ERA's under two, and their whole staff has an ERA under four. The Titans are lead by the Fullerton Regional Outstanding Player Chad Cordero. A first round pick of the Montreal Expos on Tuesday, Cordero posted a 5-1 record with a 1.52 ERA in 47 1/3 innings pitched. The All Big West pitcher also had seven saves in 35 appearances. Another ace of the staff is Junior Jason Windsor, who will start Friday's game. He notched a 9-2 record with a 1.87 ERA. He had a mere 17 walks in 77 innings pitched, while striking out 64 opponents. Game 2 starter will be lefty Ryan Schreppel, who went 5-2 with a 1.86 ERA on the year. Game 3 starter, if necessary will land Dustin Miller on the mound. He lead the team with his 91 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings pitched, and started a team high 16 games. He was 8-2 on the year with a 3.19 ERA.

The offense is lead by Big West Conference Player of the Year OF Shane Costa. He started in all 59 games, hitting .371 with five home runs and was second on the team with 50 RBI's. LF Danny Dorn, who was selected to the second team All Conference in his freshman year, hit five home runs, with 53 RBI's, and a slugging percentage of .597. Joining those two in the outfield will be Kyle Boyer, who hit .338 with five home runs and 48 RBI's.

1B Richie Burgos played in every game on the year except one. His 25 doubles lead the team, and he hit .327 with three home runs and 46 RBI's in 226 at bats. Justin Turner (.322 BA, 29 walks) and Jason Corapci (.284 BA, 18 RBI's) both saw time at second base during the season, with Turner having played shortstop lately. 3B Ronnie Prettyman hit .358 and was second on the team with 81 hits. Catcher Kurt Suzuki hit .355, with two homeruns and 27 RBI's and DH P.J. Pilittere lead the team with a .386 batting average in his 38 games played.

The winner of this best two out of three series will travel to Omaha, Nebraska to play in the College World Series, with play starting June 13th. ASU leads the all-time series 22-19, but the Titans have been dominant lately, winning four of six in the last three seasons. In comparison of the team's common opponents, the Devils went 9-4 and the Titans were 18-7, with an impressive sweep of Stanford to start the season.

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