Baseball Week in Review (Sacramento State)

The Titans, who swept the series from the Hornets and have won nine of their last 10 games, improved to 21-10 overall and 5-1 in conference play. Sacramento State fell to 13-16 and 1-5.

  1. Friday, April 5: Titans 3, Hornets 1 [ Story | Box Score ]
  2. Saturday, April 6: Titans 9, Hornets 3 [ Story | Box Score ]
  3. Sunday, April 7: Titans 22, Hornets 0 [ Story | Box Score ]

NOTES: The Titans are now 15-4 at Goodwin Field this season (and 6-6 on the road)...The Titans continued to keep pace with the 2001 squad, which was also 21-10 through 31 games...Fullerton's team ERA of 3.64 is the lowest its been all season...Titan batters drew 15 walks and were hit by nine pitches (24 free passes) in the three games vs. Sacramento State...Fullerton scored nine first-inning runs this weekend to bring its season tally to 38 runs in the first frame (the Titans have not scored more than 30 runs in any other inning)...Shane Costa was hit by three pitches to bring his Big West-leading total to 17 (tied for third on the Titans' single-season list) and his career total to 28 (fourth at Fullerton)...Costa also had a hit in each game this weekend to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games...The Titan bullpen has yielded a 0.95 ERA and a .129 opponents' average over the last three weeks (19 innings)...Closer Chad Cordero notched one more save this weekend to bring his season total to nine and his two-year career total to 23 (already third in Titan history and fourth in Big West history)...Fullerton has won its last 70 games when it’s taken a lead into the ninth inning...Wes Littleton has allowed just two earned runs in his last 29.2 innings...He had not allowed a home run in the 64-plus innings (since the first inning of the season) before Sac State's Danny Gill took him deep in the second inning on Friday…Jason Corapci broke out of an 0-for-19 slump by going 4-for-11 with five RBI over the weekend...Yet, Corapci and Chris Stringfellow – the two longest-tenured Titan position starters – have the two lowest batting averages among Titan regulars (both are batting .246)…Junior Mike Martinez had two hits in the eighth inning on Sunday, marking his first offensive output since Feb. 17 (he has been suffering from irritation of the sciatic nerve).

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: Cal State Fullerton sophomore first baseman Richie Burgos (Glendora, Calif.) batted a team-high .600 with a double, homer and five RBI as Fullerton outscored Sacramento State, 34-4, in a weekend sweep. Burgos had a pair of hits in each game and reached base eight times on the weekend. His biggest hit came in the series opener when he doubled in a pair in the third inning to provide the difference in a 3-1 Titan win. Burgos reached base all four times (two hits and two walks) in a 9-3 win on Saturday and belted his third home run of the season in a 22-0 pounding on Sunday.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: Cal State Fullerton right-hander Wes Littleton, a sophomore out of Oceanside, Calif., allowed just a run on five hits in 8.1 innings en route to his sixth victory, a 3-1 win over Sacramento State on Friday. Littleton walked just one and struck out six while lowering his conference-best ERA to 1.25. Littleton allowed a second-inning home run to Danny Gill -- the first HR he had allowed since the first inning of the season (a span of 64-plus innings) -- and scattered four hits through the first three innings, but did not allow another ball out of the infield until Chris Kinsey flied out to center field to open the ninth.

UP NEXT: The Titans conclude their 10-game home stand on Tuesday, when they host USC at 7 p.m. Fullerton is 31-28-1 vs. the Trojans all-time (since the Titans' first Division I season in 1975) and 6-7 under Coach Horton. Fullerton used a complete game from Jordan DeJong to beat USC, 8-1, in the Kia Bash finale on March 3. Fullerton resumes Big West play with a three-game set at Pacific next weekend. The Titans are 52-7 all-time vs. the Tigers and 16-3 under Horton. Fullerton has won the last nine meetings, including Kirk Saarloos' 28-0 no-hitter in the most recent meeting (April 8, 2001).