ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

CSUF Baseball Gets Financial Boost, Pep Talk From Fan and Alum Kevin Costner

Cal State Fullerton baseball hosted its 10th annual Dinner with the Titans fundraiser on Friday, receiving a financial and emotional boost from actor and CSF alum Kevin Costner, who called the program “sacred.”

The event sold out at the Irvine Marriott with nearly 700 people in attendance. With Costner not charging a speaking fee, Fullerton raised an event record $155,000.

All the money will support the baseball program, which earned its 17th berth to the College World Series in 2015 (the first since 2009).

Costner, who attended Fullerton from 1974-78 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business, recalled to the audience how he became close to the team and then-Coach Augie Garrido after taking a baseball class taught by Garrido.

“When people around the country connect me to the Fullerton baseball program, the first and saddest thing I have to let them know is that I was never one of you. I wasn't that good,” Costner said. “The program built here by (coaches) Augie Garrido, George Horton, Dave Serrano and now Rick Vanderhook is so important to me, so sacred, that to pretend otherwise would be the worst kind of betrayal to any player who was ever good enough to put on a Titan jersey.

“How can I have so much pride about a program that I never played for? The answer is simple. It was Augie. He made me feel important. He made me feel like I was part of the team,” Costner said.

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