Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Titan Connection - March 13 edition

The Cal State Fullerton Titans continue to move up in the Baseball America rankings, settling in this week at #8 (up from #10 last week) after going 3-2 in their last 5 games. As expected, with such a busy schedule all of our baby 'Cats (HarbourKittens??) saw some limited action in this latest string of games.

In an eventual 7-2 loss at the University of San Diego, Bryan Conant came in to try and work starter J.D. Davis (who took the loss but remained in the game as the DH!) out of a jam in the fourth. Conant pitched to 2 batters giving up one hit and allowing an earned run for Davis and one of his own on a subsequent sacrifice fly.

Joe Navilhon also pitched a full inning in the loss to USD, giving up one hit (a big one...a round tripper), two earned runs, and finished with a walk and a strike out. It was the first work in a while for Navilhon, again in middle relief.

David Olmedo-Barrera
After an 11-4 win at USC where none of our boys saw any action, CSF went home for a 3 game set with Texas A&M. The first two games were again void of any future HarbourCats (a 6-1 loss and a 2-0 win) but in the series finale - a thrilling 7-6 win - there was another David Olmedo-Barrera sighting in the 7th when he entered the game as a pinch runner and ended up scoring what would turn out to be the winning run.

So all in all, not too much action for our boys last week. It seems like with such a big hitting team, Olmedo-Barrera will see very playing time but we'll keep an eye on him, for sure. As for the hurlers, at least they got some action. Hopefully they will bide their time, throw up some zeroes, and take advantage of some middle relief opportunities to earn even more innings in the coming few weeks. Again, we're talking about three freshmen here so the light duties are to be expected.

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