P.J. Pilittere is a fifth-year senior
catcher at Cal State Fullerton. He capped an outstanding 2003 season with a spot
on the College World Series all-tournament team by hitting .500 (6-12) with
three extra-base hits and three RBI in four games. A native of Walnut, Calif.,
Pilittere is a broadcast journalism major and hopes to pursue a career in
television broadcasting. He will provide weekly insight on the Titans' program.
March 8, 2004
Texas, Here We Come
Hey guys, pack up your bags.
It's time to head to Texas, again!
This past weekend we traveled to
Austin for a premier collegiate series against the Longhorns. This would be the
first time the Titans made the trip to Austin since Augie Garrido had taken over
as head coach of the Longhorns. For those who don’t know, Coach Garrido won
three national titles at Fullerton and put Titan baseball on the map.
Due to a scheduling conflict we
were set to play Texas on Friday and Sunday, and matched up with Sam Houston
State on Saturday.
Thursday March 4
Travel day. Fortunately in my
long career most of our road trips have gone rather smoothly. For example, we
have not had a problem with flying anywhere, and we usually arrive at our final
destination on time. Well, I knew the streak of travel success would end
sometime. Thursday was the travel day from hell. We sat at our gate for two
hours at Los Angeles International Airport due to weather concerns in the Dallas
area. The weather cleared and we finally departed. One problem, upon arrival
it becomes clear that we missed our connecting flight to Austin. This is a
problem because it is a difficult task to seat a traveling party of 35 on a
different flight. We had one option which of course was a lovely four-hour bus
ride late in the evening to Austin. The bus straight out of the movie Major
League arrived at the DFW airport at 10 p.m. It was a long ride and an even
longer day, but we finally arrived at the Doubletree hotel in Austin at 2:00
Friday March 5
This series would be important
to the Titans as to how they would match up against an upper echelon college
opponent. We entered Dish-Falk field which was laden with tradition. It was the
ultimate college baseball environment. Everything from the beautiful locker
rooms, high quality Astroturf, and educated Longhorn faithful were a college
baseball player’s dream atmosphere. We took an early 2-0 lead , but the
Longhorns responded with a five-run third inning off Titan ace Jason Windsor.
The Titans tried to respond but remained shell-shocked for the remainder of the
afternoon. Longhorns win 6-2.
Saturday March 6
We tackled Sam Houston State in
the first-ever between the Titans and the Bearkats. Ryan Schreppel set the
tempo for the Titans, hurling a solid eight innings allowing just two runs. The
Titan offense erupted and scored in every inning except the second en route to
Sunday March 7
We looked to salvage the weekend
series against the Horns and J. P. Howell on Sunday. Unfortunately our quality
at bats went out the window. We had two hits and a run in the first, but did not
record another hit until the ninth inning. It is so frustrating when we keep
losing due to lack of focus and mental toughness. We wasted a solid outing from
Ricky Romero and lost the game and the series 3-1.
This made for an excruciating
flight back home to Orange County.
The Titans will stay at home
this weekend and take on the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.
Catching Up Behind the Dish (2/26/04)
On the Road Again (2/18/04)
Silence is Golden (2/10/04)
(photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton Media Relations Office)