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Rooting for the Home Team

Since the informal creation of a bat-and-ball club in 1961, baseball at Cal State Fullerton has been synonymous with Titan pride. Great players and top coaches notwithstanding, much of the success of this NCAA Division I college team lies in its ardent fans, who keep the team aiming high and focused on national competitiveness.

Titan Baseball fans, alumni or not, are able to give directly to the baseball program and support everything from facelifts for the locker room and the bull pen to special training equipment and the team's nutrition program. Funding also allows its coaches to enhance recruiting efforts and find Titan-sized talent for a team that has won four national championships and has been to the College World Series 18 times.

Roger Kotch '81 (B.A. business administration-accounting), CFO of In-N-Out Burger, has been a steadfast supporter of Titan Athletics for years, especially Titan Baseball.

"One of the great joys for my family and me is attending Titan Baseball games, both at home and on the road," said Kotch. "Baseball is such a fundamental part of the fabric of Cal State Fullerton. I can't think of a program that better exemplifies Titan spirit and hard work. Knowing that we are helping to develop young men both on the field and in the classroom, while celebrating one of the University and community's most honored programs, gives me such joy.

"It is a great way to give back to my alma mater and a great source of pride and fulfillment for my family and me," he added. Titan Baseball's annual kick-off fundraiser, Dinner With the Titans, allows donors and fans the opportunity to meet current and former members of the team, including many Major League players who return to thank their college team. Among these are L.A. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and MLB All-Star and Golden Spikes Award winner Phil Nevin.

On the docket is a capital project to enhance the baseball and softball complex. Titan Baseball also hopes to create endowments to name some of its facilities while continuing a solid legacy — one that already spans several generations — for the nationally renowned program..

To make a gift to the baseball program or to Titan Athletics, contact Greg Paules, associate athletic director of development, at 657-278-4516 or gpaules@fullerton.edu.