Titans New Theme Song is "Easy Sweep"

Just two weekends into this fledging baseball season, and Cal State Fullerton is already showing this could be a very special year.

A three-game eruption at Fresno State boosted the Titans to 6-0 for the first time since 1977, and jumped Fullerton up to No. 6 in the Baseball America rankings and to No. 3 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.

Weather permitting, Fullerton is set to host road weary UCLA on Wednesday at Goodwin Field. UCLA (3-4) dropped two of three at Hawaii over the weekend.

The Bruins' Chris Cordeiro is set to pitch against Fullerton lefty Ricky Romero.

Fullerton's sweep at Fresno (against a Bulldogs team picked to finish in a second-place WAC tie by conference coaches) left an impression on the battered hosts.

``Fullerton is the best team in the country,'' said Fresno State coach Mike Batesole. ``I haven't seen all the others, but it's hard to imagine seeing a better team that that.''

Like last weekend against Stanford, there were plenty of contributors to Fullerton's sweep.

  • The Titans swiped seven bases on Sunday, making them 20-for-23 for the season. At this rate, Fullerton would eclipse its total of 66 by the end of next month.

  • Conversely, Fullerton pitchers and catchers P.J. Pilittere and Kurt Suzuki shut down Bulldogs base runners, who stole one base in four tries.

  • Rebounding from a mediocre season- opener against Stanford, sure-fire conference pitcher of the week Wes Littleton (1-0) tossed a 27-batter, 75-pitch, one-hit jewel on Friday night. ``What you saw was a special player throw a special game,'' Batesole said.

  • Perhaps lost in the glare of Littleton's gem was more solid relief work this weekend from Chad Cordero (2.2 IP, one hit and no runs) John Tucker (2.1 IP, no runs) and Jason Windsor (3 IP, two his and no runs).

  • LF Danny Dorn's 5-for-5 explosion on Saturday didn't even make him Fullerton's top hitter of the weekend. 3B Ronnie Prettyman was 8 for 11 at Fresno and scored six runs. ``Our hitters are so focused right now, everything we do is working,'' RF Shane Costa said.

  • The single biggest hit in Fresno came from CF Kyle Boyer, who had a two-run single in the ninth on Sunday to break a 4-4 tie.

  • SS Justin Smyres smacked a series- opening homer over the center field fence and added one more Saturday for a team- leading three.

  • Fullerton hitters continued to come through in the clutch while Titans pitchers clamped down in pressure situations. The Titans were 15 for 45 (.333) with runners in scoring position over the weekend while the Bulldogs were just 2 for 15 (.133) in RISP chances.

  • The No. 9 spot, led by DH Sergio Pedroza and Joe Turgeon, went a collective 7 for 14 in Fresno.

  • The Titans turned four more double plays at Fresno, bringing their total to 11. 2B Justin Turner, the prime cog in Fullerton's twin-killing machine, has yet to make an error. Fullerton has hit into just three DPs so far.

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