This Week in Cougar Athletics: April 8-14


SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Women’s golf, men’s and women’s track & field, softball and baseball will all be in action this week for Cal State San Marcos Athletics.

The No. 5 women’s golf team will get the week started at the West Texas A&M Desert Invitational in Tucson, Arizona, on Monday and Tuesday.

Men’s and women’s track & field will head down to La Jola for the UC San Diego Triton Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Softball will hit the road to face Humboldt State in a four-game set. Friday’s doubleheader in Arcata will get underway at 1 p.m. while Saturday’s twin bill is set for 11 a.m.

Baseball will play a home-and-home series against Cal State L.A. beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. in San Marcos. After Saturday’s 3 p.m. game at home, the Cougars will travel up to Los Angeles for the final two games of the series against the Golden Eagles on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Monday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 9
West Texas A&M Desert Invite
Tucson, Ariz. – Lodge at Ventana Canyon (par 72, 5,978 yards)

1. Claire Hogle (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS)
2. Sarah Garcia (Turlock/Turlock HS)
3. Jaime Jacob (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS)
4. Breann Horn (Lakeside/El Capitan HS)
5. Savannah Magallon (San Diego/La Jolla Country Day School)
Individual: Bergen Benedict (Turlock/Turlock HS)

Angelo State, Augustana (S.D.), No. 5 Cal State San Marcos, Cameron, Colorado Christian, Colorado Mesa, No. 12 Grand Valley State, Hawaii Hilo, No. 7 Lynn, Midwestern State, No. 14 Oklahoma Christian, Regis, St. Edward’s, No. 17 St. Mary’s Texas, Univ. of Colorado-Colorado Springs, No. 6 West Texas A&M, Western New Mexico
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COUGAR UPDATE •The fifth-ranked Cougars placed third among the nation’s best at the CSUSM Fujikura Invitational on March 12.
•As a team, the Cougars shot a 23-over 599, one stroke behind then-No. 1 ranked Dallas Baptist.
•Jaime Jacob tied for third with a 1-over 143 with scores of 73-72.
•Jacob earned her third CCAA Golfer of the Week honor this season and her seventh in her career.
•Claire Hogle also placed in the top 10, finishing ninth with a 4-over 148.

WEST TEXAS A&M DESERT INVITATIONAL •The Cougars placed third at last year’s Desert Invitational, seven strokes behind St. Mary’s and West Texas A&M who shared first-place honors with a 24-over 600.
•Jacob captured her third consecutive medalist honors, defeating St. Mary’s Maria Regina Gonzalez by three strokes.
•This marks the third time CSUSM has competed in the Desert Invitational, finishing sixth in its inaugural appearance in 2017.

THE HUTTON FILE •Head coach Greg Hutton has been at the helm of the men’s program since the 2010-11 season and was named the women’s head coach in 2014.
•Under Hutton’s leadership, the women’s team won CSUSM’s first CCAA Championship in school history in 2018.
•Both teams qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships last season.

Friday, April 12 – Saturday, April 13
UC San Diego Triton Invitational
La Jolla, Calif. – Triton Stadium
LIVE RESULTS | LIVE VIDEO ($) (Saturday Only)

PREVIOUS WEEK •The Cougars took this past weekend off after a busy end of March at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic, the Stanford Invitationals and the California Collegiate Open.
•At the Mike Fanelli Track Classic, Jax Heckers posted an NCAA Divisional II Provisional time of 35:45.67 – the third-fastest time in program history.
•Betsabe Reyes once again broke her own record in the hammer throw with a mark of 46.61 meters at the California Collegiate Open – 1.31 meters further than her previous mark.
•Antonio Riggins broke the CSUSM school record in the triple jump at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic with a winning NCAA Provisional mark of 14.74 meters
•Ndoto Strong won the discus throw at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic with a season-best mark of 49.22 meters.

THIS WEEKEND IN LA JOLLA •The action will get underway with the hammer throw invitational, the discus throw invitational and the discus throw open on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m.
•On Saturday, throwing events will commence at 9:30 a.m. while jumping events will get underway at 10 a.m.
•The day’s track events will begin at 11:10 a.m. and end at 6:45 p.m.
•The Cougars have competed in all but one UC San Diego Triton Invitational since the program’s inception in 2007.

THE OLSON FILE •Head coach Torrey Olson begins his first season at the helm of the men’s and women’s track and field programs after taking over in the summer of 2018.
•Olson came to CSUSM after spending three seasons as the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at the Academy of Art University where his teams earned 50-plus All-American honors.
•Olson served as the head cross country coach the previous three years at Academy of Art.
•In addition to the Academy of Art, Olson has also worked with the University of San Francisco and Pomona-Pitzer College.
•A graduate of Pomona College in 2009, Olson also holds an MFA from St. Mary’s College (2012).

Friday, April 12 – 1 p.m. (DH)
Saturday, April 13 – 11 a.m. (DH)
CSUSM (11-22, 7-19 CCAA) vs. Humboldt State (15-23, 6-20 CCAA)
San Marcos, Calif. | CSUSM Softball Field
Live Stats | Live Video ($)

PREVIOUS WEEK •The Cougars bounced back from dropping the first three games against Sonoma State last weekend with a walk-off, eighth-inning victory in the series finale.
•Melody Forstie hit the game-winning double in the series finale, finishing the weekend with a .308 batting average with four RBIs, a double and a home run.
•Nikki Andelin hit .375 (6-for-16) with two runs, a double and an RBI.

HUMBOLDT STATE HAPPENINGS •The Jacks split their series with Cal State San Bernardino last weekend, dropping Friday’s doubleheader (7-1, 8-7) before rebounding with 2-1 and 3-2 victories on Saturday.
•HSU recorded a nonconference twin bill sweep on Sunday at Dominican by scores of 3-2 and 10-9.
•CSUSM is 1-10 against the Jacks in the all-time series, snagging a 6-4 victory in the series opener last season.
•The Jacks lead the CCAA in walks (129) as well as giving up the most walks (139).
•HSU enters the weekend in last place in the CCAA standings.

THE EWING FILE •Head coach Stef Ewing enters her first season in charge of the Cougar softball season as the fourth head coach in program history.
•Ewing captured her first win as a collegiate head coach on Feb. 17th as the Cougars won 5-4 in a walk-off over Concordia Portland at CSUSM Softball Field.
•She previously served as the assistant coach at New Mexico State where she helped the Aggies to three WAC Regular Season Conference Championships and two WAC Conference Tournament Championships.

Friday, April 12 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 – 3 p.m.
CSUSM (16-22, 12-20 CCAA) vs. Cal State L.A. (15-17, 14-14 CCAA)
San Marcos, Calif. – CSUSM Baseball Field

Sunday, April 14 – 1 p.m. (DH)
CSUSM at Cal State L.A.
Los Angeles, Calif. – Reeder Field

PREVIOUS WEEK •The Cougars split their four-game set at Chico State by winning the first and last games of the series by scores of 16-5 and 5-2, respectively.
•CSUSM put up a .336 batting average while Chico came in at .284.
•The Cougars are the only CCAA team hitting above .300 this season at .314.
•CSUSM leads the league in hits (402), triples (9), total bases (550) and sacrifice flies (23).
•Cabot Van Til’s 63 hits lead the conference while his .396 batting average ranks second.
•Grant Buck ranks second in the CCAA for runs (38) and home runs (8).

HOME-AND-HOME AGAINST THE GOLDEN EAGLES •CSULA currently sits seventh in the CCAA standings with a 14-14 conference record.
•The Golden Eagles went 1-3 this past weekend on the road at Sonoma State.
•As a team, CSULA ranks eighth in the league for hitting at .280 while its pitching staff’s ERA of 6.18 ranks 11th.
•Tyler Odekirk is the Golden Eagles’ top hitter with a .336 batting average.
•CSUSM and CSULA are 8-8 in the all-time series with the Cougars winning four of the last five games.
•At home, CSUSM is 4-2 and has won the past three games while the Cougars are 4-6 when playing at CSULA

THE GUILIANO FILE •Head coach Matt Guiliano enters his third season at the helm of the Cougars baseball program.
•Prior to making his way to San Marcos, Guiliano was the head coach for nine seasons (2008-16) at his alma mater Sioux Falls.
•Guiliano is a 2006 graduate of the University of Sioux Falls and a 2001 graduate of Valley Center High School.
•Guiliano is 53-88 (.376) as CSUSM’s head coach and is 228-321-1 (.415) for his entire head coaching career.


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