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April 23, 2014
Estancia High junior girls' soccer player Alba Barrios is a success story. Barrios' parents, Carlos and Evelyn, immigrated from Guatemala about 20 years ago. They were in Guatemala last weekend, too, and Alba hit them with some great news when they arrived back to California. Alba Barrios has verbally committed to play for Cal State Fullerton, a Division 1 program, she said Wednesday night. "They really got emotional," said Alba Barrios in a phone interview from Northern California, where she is attending a leadership conference through Girls Inc. "They were so proud.
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August 7, 2013
Newport Harbor High senior-to-be Connor Seabold has verbally committed to the Cal State Fullerton baseball program, Sailors Coach Patrick Murphy said on Facebook on Monday. Seabold is the first of two Newport Harbor pitchers to commit to colleges before their senior year. The other is Shaun Vetrovec, who went with UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton's Big West Conference rival. Seabold garnered second-team All-Sunset League and Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team honors as a junior.
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May 16, 2004
Barry Faulkner In its third season since returning from a 10-year hiatus, the UC Irvine baseball program has already carved out a spot for itself on the national landscape. But the Anteaters, ranked No. 21 by Baseball America, are finding it much more difficult to establish credibility within a 30-mile radius. With its 11-1 loss to visiting Cal State Fullerton Saturday, the Anteaters (31-16-1, 8-9 in the Big West Conference) are 0-5 in Big West play against the nearby Titans and Long Beach State, both perennial national powers occupying the top two spots in the conference standings.
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By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | October 24, 2007
First a couple of Estancia High baseball players threw out a suggestion during the offseason to Matt Sorensen, their club coach. The idea was for Sorensen to take over the Eagles’ vacant baseball coaching job, the one open since June. “I didn’t take them seriously at first,” said Sorensen, a former successful Cal State Fullerton pitcher, who had never been a varsity head coach anywhere. Why him? Then the moms and dads got involved. The suggestion kept coming at Sorensen as often as the ball during batting practice and he finally took a crack at it. Now Sorensen, 29, is expected to be named the Eagles’ coach, said Principal Phil D’Agostino Tuesday night, making this the seventh coaching change in the baseball program’s last 11 years.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 12, 2010
IRVINE — As they awaited the postgame address from Coach Mike Gillespie in left field Sunday at Anteater Ballpark, many of the UCI Irvine baseball players’ heads were down. That’s because, for the first time since 2008, the Anteaters were looking up at someone ahead of them in the Big West Conference standings. Cal State Fullerton moved into sole possession of first place with a 6-1 series-clinching win that left Gillespie, his players, and the UCI faithful among the 1,254 in attendance more than disappointed.
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By Barry Faulkner | September 8, 2007
Dave Serrano, who coached the UC Irvine baseball program to its first Division I College World Series appearance in June, will leave the school to become head coach at Cal State Fullerton, where he played and worked as an assistant coach. Serrano, who compiled a 114-66-1 record in three seasons at UCI, including 47-17-1 last season, a school record for wins, will replace George Horton, who left Fullerton after 11 seasons last week to become coach at Oregon. Serrano had been a candidate at Oregon, before removing his name from consideration Aug. 22. When Oregon hired Horton Aug. 31, Serrano released a statement through UCI stating he had no interest in returning to Fullerton, where he was pitching coach under Horton for eight seasons from 1997-2004.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 30, 2007
The announcement, made by the Cal State Fullerton media relations department Sept. 7, hit the UC Irvine baseball program and its supporters like a fastball to the eye socket. For, like the unprecedented postseason run that had just thrust UCI onto the national sports landscape, nobody saw this one coming. Just seven days prior to being named baseball coach at Cal State Fullerton, where he had both played and coached, former UCI head man Dave Serrano had issued a statement disavowing any interest in replacing his mentor and friend, George Horton, who had left Fullerton for a big paycheck and a blank canvas at the University of Oregon.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 8, 2007
The Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team flirted with history this season, matching the school's best start (16-4) and competing for a Big West Conference crown until well into February. And Corona del Mar High product Eric Glass has had a courtside seat. Glass, who averaged 5.1 points per game as a 6-2 senior guard for the Sea Kings, before graduating in 2002, is in his second season as a manager for Coach Bob Burton's Titans. And while his myriad tasks have included doing laundry and sweeping floors, Glass, an aspiring coach, will be dispensing more than towels and water when the No. 3-seeded Titans begin play in the Big West Tournament tonight at 6 against Pacific.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 6, 2008
IRVINE — Shades of Omaha reverberated around Anteater Ballpark Saturday night, echoing alongside some familiar late-inning heroics that propelled host UC Irvine to a 3-2 victory over Big West Conference baseball rival Cal State Fullerton in 12 innings. Just as he had in UCI’s 10-inning win over Arizona State in last year’s College World Series, center fielder Ollie Linton singled to aid a dramatic comeback. Against ASU, the Rosenblatt Stadium crowd was chanting “Ollie, Ollie, Ollie,” as he singled to bring in the winning run. This time, about half of the crowd of 2,608 that remained held their explosion until after he singled in Sean Madigan to erase a 2-1 Titans lead.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 4, 2008
The ink circles on calendars and schedules have long dried, some raw nerves have calmed and some of the emotion expected to carry over into the Big West Conference baseball series between Cal State Fullerton and host UC Irvine has been diffused. But even so, few are denying that the return of Dave Serrano to Anteater Ballpark sets the stage for high drama between the two Orange County and conference rivals, who begin a three-game set tonight. Serrano guided UCI to its first College World Series last season, then accepted the head coaching job with the Titans, for whom he played and was an assistant coach.
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April 23, 2014
Estancia High junior girls' soccer player Alba Barrios is a success story. Barrios' parents, Carlos and Evelyn, immigrated from Guatemala about 20 years ago. They were in Guatemala last weekend, too, and Alba hit them with some great news when they arrived back to California. Alba Barrios has verbally committed to play for Cal State Fullerton, a Division 1 program, she said Wednesday night. "They really got emotional," said Alba Barrios in a phone interview from Northern California, where she is attending a leadership conference through Girls Inc. "They were so proud.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 19, 2014
With its next game six days away, the UC Irvine baseball team can use a little reflection time to spin their recent struggles, which continued Saturday with a 4-3 nonconference loss to visiting San Diego State. Despite dropping the three-game series to the Aztecs, losing three of four games during the week and falling to 2-6 in their last eight nonconference games, the Anteaters actually might have improved their position in the Big West Conference standings by being the odd team out of the weekend fray in the nine-team conference.
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March 12, 2014
UC Irvine senior guard Kelly Meggs was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week in women's basketball after she averaged 20 points and made 72% of her shots in two wins last week. Meggs, who is 5-foot-7, hit 13 of 18 shots in the Anteaters' victories against Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis, helping the Anteaters earn the No. 4 seed in the Big West Conference Tournament. Meggs knocked down 11 of 15 three-pointers during the two games, including a career-best six threes against Cal State Fullerton.
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By Steve Virgen | March 11, 2014
The ball smacked off the bat and fired right toward Liam Ogburn, the Newport Harbor High pitcher. He had no time to move away from the danger. He could only react to the damage. Boom! The ball pounded at his right foot. It wouldn't be a surprise if he had fallen and grimaced in pain. But no. Instead he made it seem as if nothing had hit him. His only concern was making the out. He did. He found the ball, picked it up and threw out the runner. He helped the Sailors win their season opener, 6-0, against Los Angeles Cathedral Thursday by making a play that came from his father's advice.
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By Barry Faulkner | January 17, 2014
Since it was picked in a preseason media poll to win the Big West Conference, the UC Irvine men's basketball team has been labeled championship caliber. But with a workman-like 72-54 win over Cal State Fullerton in its home conference opener on Thursday at the Bren Events Center, the Anteaters are finally beginning to actually look the part. With the victory, UCI extended its wining streak to five, all in January, and is now 12-7, 3-0 in the Big West. The 3-0 start is good for a tie for first with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is UCI's best start in conference play since the 2005-06 squad opened 8-0 against Big West foes.
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January 15, 2014
UC Irvine Pregame Vs. Cal State Fullerton Thursday at 7 at Bren Events Center The Anteaters (11-7, 2-0 in the Big West Conference) have won four straight and six of their last eight and are off to the program's best start after 18 games since the 2002-03 team also went 11-7. Cal State Fullerton (6-9, 1-0) is coming off a conference-opening win over UC Riverside. UCI won at Long Beach State and UCR last week to finalize a stretch of six straight road games. Tonight's contest is the first of three straight home games, including Cal State Northridge on Jan. 23 and Hawaii on Jan. 25 (homecoming)
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By Jim Carnett | December 30, 2013
Newport-Mesa has lost a bellwether and an icon. Retired Orange Coast College history professor Giles T. Brown died Saturday. He was 97. The 65-year Newport Beach resident was modest and unassuming. Brown was the college's last surviving charter faculty member. Hired in the summer of 1948 by founding OCC President Basil H. Peterson, Brown taught history and served as chairman of the college's social sciences division. In 2007, OCC acknowledged Brown's extraordinary contributions when it named its 300-seat lecture hall the Giles T. Brown Forum.
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December 17, 2013
George Kuntz, who guided the UC Irvine men's soccer program to the NCAA Tournament four of the last six years, winning four Big West Conference regular-season and four conference tournament titles in the process, announced Monday he had accepted the same job at Cal State Fullerton. Chris Volk, Kuntz's lead assistant and goalkeeper coach the last 17 seasons who was named the Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008, has expressed interest in the UCI head-coaching job, a source close to the program confirmed Tuesday.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 7, 2013
FULLERTON - The end for the UC Irvine women's soccer team came without precedent, and left little room for explanation. And, after No. 3-seeded UC Riverside scored in the 107th minute to end the two-overtime Big West Conference Tournament semifinal at Cal State Fullerton, UCI Coach Scott Juniper wasn't even left with any hope. "I think there is no chance," Juniper said of a potential at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, after his team, seeded No. 2 in the conference tournament that propels its winner into the NCAA field, fell to 11-7.
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November 6, 2013
UC Irvine senior Zoya Farzaneh was named Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year to top seven Anteaters named all-conference in women's soccer. Farzaneh, who spent most of her time on defense for a team that allowed 21 goals and a conference-low 68 shots on goal in 17 regular-season games, also scored three goals (two game-winners) with three assists. UCI (11-6, 6-2 in conference), the No. 2 seed in the Big West Conference Tournament that begins with a semifinal clash against UC Riverside on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton, was also represented on the first team by three-time honoree Natalia Ledezma and Laura McGrail.
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