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College World Series team-by-team capsules

By in Press Enterprise on June 16, 2017

By The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. — Here is a capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday. (Capsules in order of CWS opening games. Coaches’ records through super regionals):

CAL STATE FULLERTON (39-22)

Coach: Rick Vanderhook (237-125, 5 years at Fullerton and overall).

Road to Omaha: Won Stanford regional: beat BYU 13-2, beat Stanford 4-1, beat Stanford 4-2. Won Long Beach super regional: lost 3-0 to Long Beach State, beat Long Beach State 12-0, beat Long Beach State 2-1.

2017 record vs. CWS teams: 0-0.

Last CWS appearance: 2015.

All-time record in CWS: 34-29 in 17 appearances; national champion 1979, 1984, 1995, 2004.

Meet the Titans: C Chris Hudgins (.242, 5 HR, 31 RBIs), 1B Dillon Persinger (.296, 3, 30), 2B Sahid Valenzuela (.324, 1, 24), 3B Taylor Bryant (.266, 3, 35), SS Timmy Richards (.301, 4, 26), LF Chris Prescott (.230, 0, 7), CF Scott Hurst (.332, 12, 39), RF Hunter Cullen (.271, 6, 30), DH Hank LoForte (.253, 0, 19). Starting pitchers: RHP Connor Seabold (11-5, 3.01), LHP John Gavin (8-2, 2.67), RHP Colton Eastman (2-0, 1.09). Relievers: RHP Jack Pabich (1-2, 5.52), RHP Blake Workman (6-2, 2.70), RHP Gavin Velasquez (4-3, 4.50), RHP Joe Wills (4-2, 9.19), LHP Erik Cha (1-1, 4.85), RHP Brett Conine (0-1, 1.49, 15 saves).

MLB alumni: Justin Turner, Tim Wallach, Mike Harkey, Phil Nevin, Mark Kotsay, Jeremy Giambi, Kurt Suzuki.

Short hops: Eastman has allowed no earned runs in 13 2/3 postseason innings. … Titans have gone 26 straight innings without allowing an earned run, and their 1.19 postseason ERA is lowest in the nation. … Persinger has stolen four of his 18 bases in the tournament. … Titans have never had a losing season in 43 years at the Division I level. … Hurst hit four homers against Cal State Northridge on May 20.

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