When the history books are written about the 2001 Cal State Fullerton baseball season, they'll chronicle a team that struggled early against a killer schedule before racing to a third-place national finish.
In a memorable 48-win season, there were remarkable highs for individual
the team and - more importantly - the program at large.
Fullerton played host to a sub-regional and a Super Regional (for the first
in school history), winning both tournaments on its way to Omaha.
TitanCentral.com ranked these dates as the Top 10 moments of our recently
No. 10, April 18, CSUF 11, UCLA 10: Shane Costa's 14th-inning single
a six-hour struggle, and sent UCLA into a season-ending tailspin. The Bruins
25-12 before the game and ended at 30-27.
No. 9, April 8 CSUF 28, Pacific 0: Kirk Saarloos hurled the third
in school history. The senior right-hander even survived an error with two outs
in the ninth.
No. 8, May 26, CSUF 13, ASU 2: Saarloos' pitching and fielding keyed a
huge win, sending Fullerton into the sub-regional final.
No. 7, May 20, CSUF 10, Long Beach State 5: A nine-run eighth inning
up the Big West title and sent Fullerton to the NCAA Tournament's top seed.
No. (tie) 5, May 27, CSUF 9, Texas Tech 2: In the most clutch
of 2001, senior lefty Jon Smith saved the day (and season) by winning the
No. (tie) 5, April 1, CSUF 9, Miami 2: Seven Titans collect multiple
to back Saarloss, and Fullerton completed the first three-game sweep in the
history of Miami's Mark Light Stadium.
No. 4, June 12, CSUF 11, Tulane 2: David Bacani put on a one-man show,
belting two homers and making two great plays in the field as Fullerton stayed
alive in the College World Series.
No. 3, June 1, CSUF 13, Mississippi State 2: Rouse, Rouse, Rouse! Mike
Rouse pulled the homer hat trick in a Super Regional victory.
No. 2, June 2, CSUF 9, Mississippi State 3: Rifkin, Rifkin, Rifkin. In
the final game of 2001 at Goodwin Field, senior Aaron Rifkin matched Rouse
an emotional sellout crowd that sent Fullerton on its way to Omaha.
And the most memorable Fullerton game of 2001 was ...
On June 8 when CSUF defeated Nebraska, 5-4: The Titans won their first
game of the CWS in a football-like atmosphere, beating the hometown Huskers
22,000 red-clad fans. Freshman sensation Chad ``Chief'' Cordero pitched a
2 1/3 innings of relief.