Fall Report: Cal State Fullerton

Fall Report

FULLERTON, Calif. — For those of you who follow college baseball out West, one thing you know for sure is that Cal State Fullerton head coach Rick Vanderhook does not mince words. When he talks about his team he says it exactly as it needs to be said. No sugar-coating. No vagaries. And most times, no filter.

Well guess what he told me about his team following the end of their fall practices?

“I really like this team. I do.”

Yes, the sometimes curmudgeonly and acerbic, yet always witty Vanderhook says he really likes this team. That’s not a joke. He means it. You know coach ‘Hook’s comfort zone is filled going into 2017.

Last season was a typical year for the Titans. They played tough early competition, struggled at times, set some of their fan base into panic mode, then ended up winning the Big West title, going 36-23 overall and making another trip to the NCAA tournament. It marked the 25th straight year that Fullerton has made the trip to the Big Dance.

In fact, since the move up to Division I play back in 1975, this is a program that has won 30-plus games each and every season. No reason to believe 2017 will be any different.


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