IMO

Wes Roemer is on two missions. One is to take the Titans back to the College World Series the other is to F.A.H.

To remind himself of one of the missions, Roemer on the inside lid of his baseball cap wrote two words in big, bold letters: "FAH" and "DO WORK."

"I really can't repeat what it says because the first word is kind of vulgar, but something all hitters," Roemer, showing the words on his cap, said. "'Do Work' just kind of states it, go out and do your best."

Roemer, last year's Collegiate Baseball's Co-National Player of the year and Big West Conference pitcher of the year, uses the inscription to motivate himself - in return the Titans use Roemer to motivate themselves. It's a formula CSUF could use all the way to Omaha.

Titans Head Coach George Horton had been prepping fans for the worst in the month leading up to the season opener. But what Horton neglected to point out was that their team still had Roemer. And that could be enough to get back to Omaha - it was enough, at least, last Friday to convincingly beat Stanford 11-5 in the season opener at Goodwin Field.

Roemer, showing no effect of a broken pinky finger that sidelined him during the fall, displaying his trademark fastball, slider and fiery personality.

"The guy is on the mound doing good, making our job a lot easier on the infield. We're just sitting there and it just pumps us up," said Titans second baseman Joel Weeks. "There is no holding back, there is no hesitation. He just goes right at them and takes charge of the mound."

Roemer wasn't perfect but gave up five hits (four in the fifth) and only walked one on his way to eight strikeouts in six innings pitched.

As he goes so do the Titans. It's a lot of pressure to put on one player, let alone a pitcher, but if anyone has the make up to handle it's the junior from Glendora.