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2011 Big West Baseball Preview: The Titans Carry a Rebuilding League

Published by on February 9, 2011

It was less than four years ago that the Big West delivered two teams, the Cal State Fullerton Titans and UC Irvine Anteaters, to do battle in Omaha.

UCI had to top national powerhouses Texas and Wichita State in the playoffs while the Titans beat Fresno State, a year away from their improbable National Championship run, and the Pac 10’s UCLA Bruins.

That same June the Big West was represented in the Regionals by UC Riverside and Long Beach State. Although both made quick exits, the Big West had matched its west coast counterpart, the Pac-10, with four conference representatives in postseason play. The storied Pac-10, however, would once again have the last laugh as the Oregon State Beavers went on to win the College World Series.

Only 18 months ago the Big West held two of the eight national seeds, again Fullerton and UCI. However, the conference was one team fewer in regional representation and although Fullerton returned to Omaha, they were ousted in just two games. Any faint hope of becoming the preeminent conference in the west was thoroughly crushed by the Pac 10’s whopping eight Regional bids in 2010.

The only two Big West reps, once a...

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