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A Look Back At The 2018 Baseball Season


Final Big West Baseball Release


• Titans Capture Another Title:
Cal State Fullerton claimed its 22nd Big West regular season championship with an 18-6 mark.  In earning the Big West’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, CSF qualified for postseason for the 40th time in program history – and will be making its 27th straight NCAA appearance. 

• Historical Significance:
Cal State Fullerton’s dominance continues with the 2018 trophy in possession.  Since 1999, the Titans have captured 14 of the 20 championships (12 outright, 2 shared).

• Versus the Nation:
Hawai’i ranked 11th in the nation with an average of one double play per game, while UC Davis was 19th at .98...Cal State Fullerton sported a 3.45 ERA to rank 20th...CSF and LBSU are tied for 20th in shutouts with six...CSUN’s 65 home runs this season is tied for 28th-best in the country and is the most by a Big West squad since Cal State Fullerton also tallied 65 in 2010...Long Beach State paced the nation with 67 sacrifice bunts and Cal State Fullerton (62) and UC Irvine (51) followed in fourth and 11th...UCI was also 14th in sacrifice flies after belting 34...The Titans’ 3.26 strike-out-walk ratio was fifth-best...CSF blasted 21 triples to rank 11th...UCI’s Andre Pallante sports the nation’s sixth-lowest ERA (1.60)...CSUN’s Albee Weiss finished seventh in the NCAA with 20 bombs and cracked the school’s all-time single-season top 10 list...Long Beach State’s Clayton Andrews was the nation’s toughest to strike out...CSF’s Colton Eastman tossed 124 strikeouts to sit 14th, while Andrews tallied 118 strikeouts to finish in the 22nd slot...Hawai'i closer Dylan Thomas ranked 14th with 14 saves...UH’s Johnny Weeks has laid down 22 sac bunts this year to rank No. 2 in the country... UC Irvine’s Nick Anderson recorded nine sacrifice flies to finish 6th in the nation.

• Weiss’ Stellar Season:
All-Big West First Team selection Albee Weiss finished the regular season fourth in the nation in home runs (20) and 25th in total bases (141). He led the Big West in homers, total bases, RBI (61) and slugging percentage (.592).  Weiss became the 10th Matador in team history to hit 20 home runs in a season and the first since 1997.  In the Matador record books, Weiss finished tied with John Balfanz (1985-87) for third place in CSUN’s all-time home run list with 42. In the team’s Division I era, Weiss is second in homers, behind only Adam Kennedy (1995-97). Weiss also moved up to a fifth place tie with Jason Shanahan (1992-95) on the school’s RBI list with 153. His efforts helped guide CSUN to a tie for third place in conference, the program’s best finish since 2002.

• Gillespie Says Goodbye:
UC Irvine head baseball coach Mike Gillespie’s illustrious career came to an end last week.  He will be replaced by associate head coach Ben Orloff.  Since joining UC Irvine in 2008, Gillespie has amassed 393 wins.  Under Gillespie’s guidance, UC Irvine made five trips to the NCAA postseason, including a College World Series (2014), the year he was named NCBWA Coach of the Year. 

• LBSU Sets New Attendance Figures:
The 2018 baseball season saw more fans attend Dirtbags games at Bohl Diamond at Blair Field than in any season in program history. A total attendance of 61,179 was reported for LBSU’s home games this season. That includes a record number of 865 season ticket holders, up 210 percent from a season ago.  LBSU’s per-game attendance was 2,110 fans, which ranked second in the Big West and 35th in the nation. Among non-Power Five schools, Long Beach State’s average home attendance was the sixth highest in the country. It’s the first time the Dirtbags have averaged over 2,000 fans per game, eclipsing last season’s average of 1,681 attendees during the regular season.

Big West Conference In The NCAA

• The Big West Conference sent Cal State Fullerton to the 64-team NCAA Baseball Championship. The Titans earned the conference’s automatic qualifier into the postseason for their 27th straight appearance, 40th all time. Cal State Fullerton’s dominance continues with the 2018 trophy in possession.  Since 1999, the Titans have captured 14 of the 20 championships (12 outright, 2 shared).

• Cal State Fullerton returned to the postseason after advancing to its 18th College World Series a season ago.  It marked the fourth consecutive year the conference has sent a team to Omaha - UC Irvine (2014), Cal State Fullerton (2015), UC Santa Barbara (2016) and Cal State Fullerton (2017).

• The Big West has sent at least one team to the Super Regionals 15 out of the last 16 years. The 2012 season was the lone year where the Big West was not represented at the Super Regionals.

• Since 2000 the Big West Conference has posted a 146-100 (.594) record in the NCAA Tournament, which includes 21 Super Regional appearances, nine College World Series participants and one national champion (Cal State Fullerton, 2004). 

• The Big West has had two baseball National Championships, with both of them claimed by the Cal State Fullerton Titans (1995, 2004).  The other two titles the Titans earned in 1979 and 1984 were when they were competing in the Southern California Baseball Association (SCBA).  In all, the conference has sent five different teams to the College World Series - Cal State Fullerton, former member Fresno State (1988, 1991), Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.