The road to Cal State Fullerton baseball greatness is littered with parking tickets – Los Angeles Times

Cal State Fullerton has been so good at baseball for so long that it’s easy to forget just how fragile success can be at a commuter school off the Orange Freeway.

Like how the program almost got taken down by parking tickets.

It took former coach Augie Garrido a few years, but he got fed up with battling for a spot in the faculty lot, a 10-minute walk to the baseball field. So he began driving his car onto the field and parking it there.

“I guess a month went by and I got a phone call, and it was the head of the campus police,” recalled Neale Stoner, the athletic director at the time. “And he said, ‘Mr. Stoner, are you aware that Coach Garrido is parking illegally in the baseball complex, and he’s getting a ticket a day?’”