This Week in Cougar Athletics: March 19-25

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This Week in Cougar Athletics: March 19-25

3/19/2018 | Baseball

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – The Cal State San Marcos softball team hosts a nonconference game on Tuesday, March 20 before heading north to compete in the Tournament of Champions in Turlock. The CSUSM men’s golf team is competing in the California Baptist Lancer Golf Joust on Monday and Tuesday while the Cougar track & field teams take part in the San Diego State Aztec Invitational this weekend. CSUSM baseball team faces Cal State East Bay in a four-game series starting on Friday in Hayward.

MEN’S GOLF
California Baptist Lancer Golf Joust
Monday, March 19- Tuesday, March 20
Junrupa Valley, Calif. – Goose Creek Golf Club (par-70, 6,793 yards)
Live Scoring

TOURNAMENT FIELD: Academy of Art, Arkansas – Fort Smith, California Baptist, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, Cal State San Marcos, Chico State, Colorado – Colorado Springs, Colorado State – Pueblo, Concordia – Portland, Dominican, Hawaii Hilo, Holy Names, University of Indianapolis, Notre Dame de Namur, Regis, Saint Martin’s, Simon Fraser, Sonoma State, Stanislaus State

CSUSM Starters:
1. Jordan McBrayer (Carlsbad/Cathedral Catholic HS)
2. Ben Hume (Yorba Linda/Yorba Linda HS)
3. Braeden Koran (Fallbrook/Fallbrook HS)
4. Chris Tuulik (San Diego/UNLV)
5. Justin Vrzich (El Cajon/Cuyamaca)

SOFTBALL
CSUSM (4-20, 3-19 CCAA) vs. Biola (11-13, 6-9 CCAA)
Tuesday, March 20 – 1 p.m. (DH)
San Marcos, Calif. | CSUSM Softball Field
Live Stats | Cougar Sports Network

Tournament of Champions
Turlock, Calif. – Pedretti Park
Friday, March 23
vs. Hawaii Pacific – 11:30 AM
vs. Saint Martin’s – 2 PM
Saturday, March 24
vs. Central Washington – 9 AM
vs. Holy Names – 11:30 AM
Sunday, March 25
vs. Academy of Art – 9 AM
vs. Chaminade – 11:30 AM
Live Stats

BIOLA •CSUSM is 19-12 all-time against the Eagles.
•The Cougars took the series opener over Biola, 1-0, before dropping the final three in 2015.
•The Eagles were swept by Azusa Pacific last Friday by scores of 4-1 and 4-0
•Biola was selected to finish sixth in the 2018 PacWest Conference Softball preseason coaches’ poll.

CSUSM BREAKDOWN •The Cougars are in the middle of playing their CCAA series against Cal State Monterey Bay at the moment.
•Entering today’s games, freshmen Raven LeClair and Jaqlyn Newhouser lead the CSUSM offense with .345 and .344 batting averages, respectively.
•In the 2018 CCAA softball preseason poll, the Cougars were picked to finish 10th.

BASEBALL
CSUSM (12-10, 7-9 CCAA) at Cal State East Bay (9-12, 6-9 CCAA)
Friday, March 23 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 – 12 p.m. (DH)
Sunday. March 25 – 11 a.m.
Hayward, Calif. | Pioneer Baseball Field
Live Stats

CAL STATE EAST BAY •CSUSM is 4-2 all-time against the Pioneers.
•Last season, the Cougars collected a 3-1 series victory over the Pioneers. CSUSM recorded three consecutive victories (4-1, 8-7, 7-2) after dropping the series opener, 3-2.
•Adam Hollar and Jacob Elder are ranked second and fourth in the CCAA in hit by pitches with 11 and nine, respectively.
•As a team, the Seawolves rank third in the CCAA in batting (.294 avg.) and 10th in pitching (5.68 ERA).

CSUSM BREAKDOWN •The Cougars split the series with the Sonoma State Seawolves last weekend, taking the nightcaps in both Friday and Sunday doubleheaders.
•Junior Cabot Van Til went 8-for-15 (.533) with a double and home run while driving in two runs and plating four times. Also having an outstanding performance at the plate was junior Marcus Wilhite who went 7-for-15 (.467) a double, five runs and three RBIs.
•Wilhite ranks second in the CCAA in doubles (8) and fifth in RBIs (19).
•As a team, CSUSM ranks fourth in batting (.288) and ninth in pitching (5.61 ERA) in the CCAA.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Aztec Invitational
Friday, March 23 – Saturday, March 24
Meet Information | Live Results

MOVING ON UP, IN THE CSUSM RECORD BOOKS •Lauren Wyckoff – Remains at No. 3 in the 100m by matching her time of 12.36
COUGARS TO WATCH •Natalie Rodriguez – 1500m (potentially could break school record)
•Devony Dettman – Heptathlon (first chance to compete this season, potential to win CCAA)

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Aztec Invitational
Friday, March 23 – Saturday, March 24
Meet Information | Live Results

MOVING ON UP, IN THE CSUSM RECORD BOOKS •Luigi Gonzalez – Remains No. 1 in Hammer but broke own record with 50.60 meters
COUGARS TO WATCH •Bryce Johnson – 110H (Ranked 14th in NCAA)
•Nate Hale, Jr. – 400m (Looking to break into the CSUSM top 10 record book)

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