vs. LONG BEACH STATE (Fullerton, Calif.)
- Friday, March 22: Titans 6, 49ers 0
- Saturday, March 23: Titans 7, 49ers 6
- Sunday, March 24: Titans 8, 49ers 7
PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: Cal State Fullerton outfielder Shane Costa, a sophomore from Visalia, Calif., went 8-for-12 (.667) and led the team with five runs, five RBI and three extra-base hits over the weekend as the Titans swept No. 17 (Baseball America) Long Beach State. Costa hit for the cycle on the weekend, drilling a double in the opener, a homer in the second game and a triple in the finale. After going 3-for-4 with an RBI and run in the opener, Costa racked up his second career four-hit game on Saturday, hitting a solo homer and drilling the game-winning two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth as Fullerton rallied for a 7-6 win. He came back on Sunday to go 1-for-3 with a triple and a pair of runs while also walking and laying down a sacrifice bunt. Costa, who led the team with a .380 batting average as a freshman, is leading the squad with a .374 mark this season.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: Cal State Fullerton right-hander Wes Littleton, a sophomore out of Oceanside, Calif., pitched his first career shutout to lead the Titans to a 6-0 win over No. 17 (Baseball America) Long Beach State Friday night. It was the first time in 67 games -- a span dating back to 1987 -- that Fullerton shut out the 49ers. Littleton allowed just five hits and walked two while striking out six in a 100-pitch effort. He seemed to get stronger near the end, retiring the final five batters he faced and striking out the last two. Littleton improved to 4-2 with the win and lowered his ERA to 1.44.
NOTES: Fullerton swept Long Beach State for the first time since 1998 and the first time at home since 1991…The Titans batted .343 and scored seven runs per game against a 49er team that had a. 236 opponents' average and 2.68 ERA coming into the series…Wes Littleton's shutout of the 49ers on Friday marked the Titans' first shutout over Long Beach in 67 games (dating back to 1987)…Littleton once again sidestepped the long ball this weekend, meaning he has not allowed a home run in the 55-plus innings since Stanford's Carlos Quentin took him deep in the first inning of the season opener…Fullerton is now 10-8 vs. ranked teams and has played more games against top-25 clubs than any team in the country…At 16-9, the Titans are actually a game better than the 2001 squad, though that team went from 15-10 to 28-10 with 13 consecutive wins…Fullerton has won its last 65 games when it's taken a lead into the ninth inning…The Titans' power and run production has been about as evenly distributed as possible: six players are tied for the team lead with two homers and seven players have driven in between 13 and 16 runs…Shane Costa's streak of five consecutive multi-hit games came to an end on Sunday, though he has 12 multi-hit games on the year in just 25 games (he also has a seven-game hitting streak)…Senior outfielder Chris Stringfellow batted .455 (5-for-11) over the weekend to bring his season average to .255, just the second time this season he's been above .250…Freshman catcher Kurt Suzuki was lifted for a pinch-runner late in Saturday's game after experiencing lower back spasms (a condition that sidelined him earlier this season)…His status will be evaluated early this week.
UP NEXT: The Titans continue their 10-game homestand next weekend, when they open defense of their Big West Conference title vs. Cal Poly. Fullerton is 28-3 all-time vs. Cal Poly and went 5-1 against the Mustgangs in 2001. The Titans won two of three games in a nonconference series at Fullerton in March and swept a conference series in San Luis Obispo in May. Fullerton has swept its first conference series in each of the last four seasons.