Road to Omaha – Cal-State Fullerton
May 19th, 2017
On this episode of “Road to Omaha,” KVNO’s Brandon McDermott spoke with Cal-State Fullerton head baseball coach Rick Vanderhook.
Omaha, NE – Rick Vanderhook is the head coach at Cal State Fullerton. He’s taken the team to the NCAA tournament the past five years. This year, they are projected as a 1 or 2 seed, depending on what happens the next two weekends. They’ve been a bit streaky with one skid where they won nine games, then lost five and then won six wins.
Sophomore outfielder Scott Hurst is 3rd in the Big West in Triples, 2nd in runs, 4th in hits, 6th in on base percentage and 9th in batting average. He’s having a bang up year for the Titans and Vanderhook said he is important to the team’s success moving forward.
Titan closer Brett Conine, who grew up playing catcher and third base, has come into the role, now has 11 saves and a 1.34 ERA on the year. Vanderhook calls Conine a “big ‘ole horse who really competes on the mound.”
The Titans have a tough series this weekend against Cal State Northridge and a final series next weekend Big West Conference leader Long Beach State. Cal-State Fullerton is 31-18 overall and 12-6 in the Big West conference this season.