As the Auburn Tigers prepare for their run to Oklahoma City and the Women’s College World Series, Auburn Wire will spend the upcoming days previewing every possible opponent that the Tigers could face in this weekend’s Clemson Regional.
After previewing the regional host on Monday, it is time to learn more about Auburn’s first opponent of the weekend, the Cal State Fullerton Titans.
Cal State Fullerton is best known for being a Major League Baseball talent factory, producing athletes such as Boston’s Justin Turner, Toronto’s Matt Chapman, and former players such as Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin. However, Titans softball is showing its dominance as they prepare to compete in its sixth NCAA Tournament since 2016. Fullerton enters the Clemson Regional as the No. 3 seed with a 33-19 overall record and a second-place finish in the Big West Conference.
There is plenty of talent on Fullerton’s roster. Led by dominant pitching from Myka Sutherlin and Haley Rainey, the Titans have held their own this season by playing the country’s best teams, and have even earned wins over Oregon and Tennessee.
Ahead of Auburn’s matchup with Cal State Fullerton on Friday evening at McWhorter Stadium in Clemson, here’s a brief rundown of what the Titans have done this season.
Fullerton will provide a challenge to Clemson regional participants, as they enter the postseason as the No. 39 team in the RPI. The Titans have dropped ten spots in the RPI over the last ten days, but remain a tier-two team heading into postseason play.
Cal State Fullerton has played just 13 true road games this season, but have competed in several challenging tournaments such as the Puerta Vallarta Challenge, and the Mary Nutter Classic. Their combined away/neutral site record is 15-9, which is impressive considering the competiton that they have faced away from Fullerton.
The Titans have only played eight games against teams in the RPI top 25, but posting three wins over such teams is quite impressive. Fullerton defeated Tennessee at the Puerta…