Titans Top 10 moments in 2001

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.

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 Titans, the team and - more importantly - the program at large.

Fullerton played host to a sub-regional and a Super Regional (for the first time in school history), winning both tournaments on its way to Omaha.

TitanCentral.com ranked these dates as the Top 10 moments of our recently completed baseball season.

No. 10, April 18, CSUF 11, UCLA 10: Shane Costa's 14th-inning single ended a six-hour struggle, and sent UCLA into a season-ending tailspin. The Bruins were 25-12 before the game and ended at 30-27.

No. 9, April 8 CSUF 28, Pacific 0: Kirk Saarloos hurled the third no-hitter 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 locked 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 performance of 2001, senior lefty Jon Smith saved the day (and season) by winning the sub-regional's winner-take-all game.

No. (tie) 5, April 1, CSUF 9, Miami 2: Seven Titans collect multiple hits to back Saarloss, and Fullerton completed the first three-game sweep in the 28-year 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 before 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 before 22,000 red-clad fans. Freshman sensation Chad ``Chief'' Cordero pitched a dominant 2 1/3 innings of relief.