Long Beach State women eliminate Cal State Fullerton in Big West tourney opener

  • Long Beach State’s Kianna Hamilton-Fisher steals the ball from Cal State Fullerton’s Triann Thompson, left, during their first-round game in the Big West Conference Women’s Tournament on Tuesday night at UCI’s Bren Events Center. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Shanaijah Davison #21 of the Long Beach State 49ers celebrates scoring a basket during their first round game against Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Raina Perez #2 of the CSU Fullerton Titans steals the ball from Justina King #10 of the Long Beach State 49ers during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Naomi Hunt #42 of the Long Beach State 49ers scores past the CSU Fullerton defense during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Kianna Hamilton-Fisher #25 of the Long Beach State 49ers celebrates with teammates after their first round game against Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Justina King #10 of the Long Beach State 49ers tries to stop Raina Perez #2 of the CSU Fullerton Titans during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Long Beach State’s Cydnee Kinslow blocks a shot by Cal State Fullerton’s Daeja Smith during their first-round game in the Big West Conference Women’s Tournament on Tuesday night at UCI’s Bren Events Center. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton head coach Jeff Harada on the sidelines during their first round game against Long Beach State in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jade Vega #1 of the CSU Fullerton Titans scores past Lauren Green #23 of the Long Beach State 49ers during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Raina Perez #2 of the CSU Fullerton Titans scores past Lauren Green #23 of the Long Beach State 49ers during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Long Beach State 49ers head coach Jeff Cammon on the sidelines during their first round game against CSU Fullerton in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Long Beach State 49ers head coach Jeff Cammon talks to his players during a timeout during their first round game against CSU Fullerton in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cydnee Kinslow #1 of the Long Beach State 49ers battles for a rebound with Daeja Smith #32 of the CSU Fullerton Titans during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jade Vega #1 of the CSU Fullerton Titans battles past Shanaijah Davison #21 of the Long Beach State 49ers during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Justina King #10 of the Long Beach State 49ers is called for a charge on Carolyn Gill #23 of the CSU Fullerton Titans during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jade Vega #1 of the CSU Fullerton Titans collides with Cydnee Kinslow #1 of the Long Beach State 49ers as the battle for a loose ball during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Long Beach State 49ers head coach Jeff Cammon on the sidelines during their first round game against CSU Fullerton in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cydnee Kinslow #1 of the Long Beach State 49ers grabs a rebound in front of Daeja Smith #32 of the CSU Fullerton Titans during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Shanaijah Davison #21 of the Long Beach State 49ers scores past Raina Perez #2 of the CSU Fullerton Titans during their first round game in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton head coach Jeff Harada talks to his players during a timeout during their first round game against Long Beach State in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton cheerleaders support their team during their first round game against Long Beach State in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton head coach Jeff Harada on the sidelines during their first round game against Long Beach State in the Big West Women’s Tournament at UCI’s Bren Events Center in Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-54. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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IRVINE — The Long Beach State women’s basketball team had lost six of its last seven games coming into Tuesday night’s Big West Tournament opener at the Bren Center, but like a viral moment, they were “trending.”

The seventh-seeded 49ers, a senior-less team that gives most of its playing time to freshmen and sophomores, stepped up with one of their best games of the season, upsetting sixth-seeded Cal State Fullerton 60-54 and moving on to a quarterfinal game against No. 3 seed UC Riverside (16-14) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at UCI.

Sophomore Shanaijah Davison scored 21 points, freshman Kianna Hamilton-Fisher added a career-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting plus six rebounds, and Naomi Hunt had 15 points as the 49ers improved to 9-21 overall. Fullerton, which boasted 6-foot-3 center Daeja Smith and a team of upperclassmen, finished 14-16.

“I’m very proud of the way we played,” 49ers coach Jeff Cammon said. “We’ve had a tendency this season of having our energy dip when the other teams go on runs, but tonight was a 40-minute effort. We out-scrapped them.

“It’s a huge win when you’re putting the ball in the hands of a freshman at the point (Justina King), and when you’re asking a sophomore like Naomi (Hunt) to guard an all-league player like Daeja.”

The Titans had a 9-0 run in the first quarter but the 49ers battled back to trail by two and eventually cut the margin to one point by halftime. The 49ers gained confidence in the third quarter, hitting 7 of 14 shots.

The game turned hard in the fourth when Long Beach started throwing a variety of zone defenses at the Titans, allowing Hunt to handle Smith one-on-one and pressuring the Titans offense as they looked for shots on the edge.

“We did a little bit of everything,” Cammon said. “I thought they were getting a little comfortable, so we went to some match-up zones and a 2-3 looking to take them out of their rhythm.”

Fullerton coach Jeff Harada said his team left 20 points on the court by missing short follow-up shots and also going 7 for 14 from the free-throw line.

“You have to give credit to Long Beach, they played better and made more plays,” he said. “They had a lot of players hit shots tonight who hadn’t been their best shooters this season. These were the players we wanted to shoot, and tonight they made them.”

Hamilton-Fisher was around the ball a lot working out of the high post. She came into the game averaging just 4.4 points but dominated the game by getting herself into position.

“We’re a young team, but we’ve played a lot of games together,” she said. “It was just a matter of being aggressive and keeping the energy high.”

Long Beach’s 12-3 run to start the fourth quarter was a team conquest. Davison scored twice in transition and Hunt dropped in two short jumpers from the lane sandwiched around a baseline 3-pointer by Hamilton-Fisher. That pushed the lead to 55-44 with four minutes left.

Hunt scored inside during a Fullerton run to close to within 55-50, but the 49ers made five free throws down the stretch. Forwards Cydnee Kinslow and Lauren Green combined for 16 rebounds, and freshman King had eight assists.

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UC Irvine’s Russell Turner, Jonathan Galloway, Elston Jones receive Big West Conference awards

UC Irvine men’s basketball coach Russell Turner was named Big West Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in the past six seasons on Monday, while a pair of UCI players also earned top awards when all-conference honors were announced.

Turner, who previously won in 2013-14 and 2016-17, led the Anteaters to their fourth Big West regular-season title in the past six seasons and the best regular-season (27-5) and Big West records (15-1) in program history.

Turner, the second-winningest coach in program history with a 184-127 career record, has his team on a 13-game winning streak going into this week’s Big West Tournament at Honda Center. The top-seeded Anteaters meet No. 8 seed UC Riverside in a first-round game on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Jonathan Galloway made history by being named the Big West Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season, something no player had done before. UCI players have earned the defensive honor four years in a row and six times in the last seven years.

For the first time in his career, Galloway also was named to the all-conference first team. Galloway, who earlier this month became UCI’s leader in career rebounds, anchors an Anteaters defense that ranks fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense (.380) and 22nd in scoring defense (63.8 ppg).

Senior Elston Jones is the first UCI player to earn the Best Sixth Player award. Jones leads the Anteaters with 1.6 blocked shots per game and ranks second in the conference in blocks and fourth in rebounds per game (7.0). He averages 5.8 points but had three double-doubles this season and a career-high 14 points against UC Riverside on Jan. 26.

Cal State Fullerton senior guard Kyle Allman Jr. received first-team honors for the second consecutive season. The Brooklyn product finished the regular season as the No. 4 scorer in the conference (17.8 ppg) and has scored in double figures in all but two games this season including 20-plus on 10 occasions and 30-plus four times. He is second on the team in assists as well.

Long Beach State senior Deishuan Booker was the area’s other first-team selection, becoming the sixth 49ers point guard to receive the honor over the last nine seasons. During conference play, Booker led the 49ers with 23.3 points per game, second in the Big West, while adding 4.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds. He shot 35.8 percent from 3-point range and was a staggering 153 for 165 from the free-throw line (92.7 percent). The nation’s leader in free throws made, he goes into the Big West Tournament having made 46 consecutive free throws.

The Cal State Northridge duo of freshman Lamine Diane and sophomore Terrell Gomez rounded out the first team, and Diane made history by becoming the first player ever to win Big West Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season.

Originally from Dakar, Senegal, the 6-foot-7 Diane broke the Matadors’ single-season records for points (769), rebounds (344), field goals made (321), blocked shots (66) and double-doubles (19) while leading the Big West in points per game (24.8), rebounds per game (11.1) and blocks per game (2.1). Diane tied a CSUN Division I single-game record by scoring 39 points against Fullerton on Jan. 31. He led the nation in field goals made during the regular season and finished seventh in the nation in points and rebounds per game.

Last season’s Big West Freshman of the Year, Gomez enjoyed an outstanding sophomore season. He finished second in the Big West in points per game (19.2) and free-throw percentage (87.5) and led the league in 3-point field goals made (111) and minutes per game (37.8).

UCI guard Max Hazzard and Cal State Fullerton guard Khalil Ahmad were named to the All-Big West second team, while UCI juniors Tommy Rutherford and Evan Leonard, Fullerton forward Jackson Rowe and Long Beach State seniors Mason Riggins and Bryan Alberts all received honorable mention accolades.

Ahmad, the 2015 Big West Freshman of the Year, is one of just five players in program history to earn all-conference honors three or more times during their careers and he’s the first to do so since Bobby Brown (2004-07).

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Cal State Fullerton relay team advances to NCAA Championships, earns honorable mention All-America honors

Cal State Fullerton track and field’s men’s 4×100-meter relay team, competing May 26 at the NCAA Division I West Preliminaries at Sacramento State, advanced to the NCAA Championships this week in Eugene, Ore.

  • Marcel Espinoza competes in May at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary competition in Sacramento.
Photo courtesy Kirby Lee/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

    Marcel Espinoza competes in May at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary competition in Sacramento.
    Photo courtesy Kirby Lee/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

  • Thaddeus Smith competes in March
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    Thaddeus Smith competes in March
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  • Rasaun House competes in March.
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    Rasaun House competes in March.
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  • Luis Matos competes at the Big West Track championships in Northridge in May.
Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics.

    Luis Matos competes at the Big West Track championships in Northridge in May.
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The quartet of Rasaun House, Thaddeus Smith, Luis Matos and Marcel Espinoza clocked a school-record time of 39.86 to earn third place in heat one and 10th place overall to automatically qualify for the semifinal round in Eugene. The previous school record was 40.10 and set in 2016.

It is the first time since 2003 that the Titans have sent a men’s 4×100-meter relay team to the NCAA Championships.

“The guys just ran phenomenal,” head coach John Elders said. “It was the first time we had a relay go under 40 seconds in school history and we actually were in first after the first two exchanges and really put the pressure on the other teams. So proud of these guys. We’re going to the show!”

In Eugene on Wednesday, the team earned honorable mention All-America honors.

The quartet of Luis Matos, Thaddeus Smith, Rasaun House and Marcel Espinoza clocked a time of 40.10 in the men’s 4×100-meter relay to take 21st place overall and earn honorable All-America accolades. That was the second-fastest time of the year for the squad. #TusksUp

— Titan Track & Field (@FullertonTFXC) June 7, 2018

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Cal State Fullerton baseball fans back home gather to watch Stanford regionals

Cal State Fullerton students, alums and other fans gathered Friday, June 1, at two venues in Fullerton to watch the baseball team take on Big 12 champ Baylor in the NCAA tournament Stanford regional.

The Big West Conference champion Titans defeated Baylor 6-2 and beat Stanford 2-1 on Saturday. Cal State Fullerton plays again Sunday against the winner of the Baylor-Stanford elimination game.

  • Cal State Fullerton baseball fans cheer for the team after pitcher Colton Eastman retires the side against Baylor during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton baseball fans cheer for the team after pitcher Colton Eastman retires the side against Baylor during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • A Cal State Fullerton fan cheers for the team playing against Baylor during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

    A Cal State Fullerton fan cheers for the team playing against Baylor during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

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  • Cal State Fullerton baseball fans watch the team take on Baylor at Stanford during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton baseball fans watch the team take on Baylor at Stanford during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton baseball fans watch the team take on Baylor at Stanford during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton baseball fans watch the team take on Baylor at Stanford during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton baseball fans watch the team take on Baylor at Stanford during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton baseball fans watch the team take on Baylor at Stanford during a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton baseball fan Tommy Falvai celebrates after Brett Borgogno hits a two-run double in the team’s game against Baylor on Friday afternoon at Stanford. Fans gathered for a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton baseball fan Tommy Falvai celebrates after Brett Borgogno hits a two-run double in the team’s game against Baylor on Friday afternoon at Stanford. Fans gathered for a viewing party at BIGS in Fullerton on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

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Cal State Fullerton pitcher honored

Cal State Fullerton pitcher Trish Parks was named Big West Conference pitcher of the week on May 14.

The junior threw 12 scoreless innings over three appearances against UC Riverside on May 11 and 12 to capture her first career Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week award.

The right-hander was the winning pitcher in May 12’s 8-0, five-inning win that clinched the Big West regular season championship for the Titans.

Parks threw a two-hit shutout – her third of the year – against the Highlanders. She walked one and struck out seven. She allowed only three base runners in the game.

She came on in relief in the regular season finale the same day, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings in a 2-1, eight-inning win. Parks scattered three hits in collecting her 10th win of the season.

In a brief appearance in game one, she retired both hitters she faced in her 0.2 innings of work.

Cal State Fullerton finished the season Sunday with two losses to UCLA in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional tournament — after defeating the Bruins Saturday and Texas State on Friday in the tournament.

Parks was the winning pitcher Friday, going the distance and only allowing one run on five hits while striking out five. She was also the winner in the first UCLA game. Parks threw all nine innings, holding the Bruins offense to two runs on nine hits. Parks also struck out two. It was her 12th win of the season and 10th complete game.

CSUF finished with a record of 35-25, 18-3 in the Big West Conference.

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CSU Fullerton starting pitcher Trisha Parks throws to the plate against Texas State in the first inning of the NCAA Division I softball regional championship at Easton Field on the campus of UCLA on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Los Angeles. CSU Fullerton won 2-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Trish Parks throws to the plate against Texas State in the first inning of the NCAA Division I softball regional championship at Easton Field on the campus of UCLA on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Los Angeles. CSUF won 2-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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Cal State Fullerton wins Big West softball title, starts NCAA tournament play Friday

Cal State Fullerton’s softball team will travel to the Los Angeles Regional hosted by UCLA for the third consecutive season as the Titans take part in the 28th NCAA Regionals in program history.

  • Cal State Fullerton’s Julia Valenzuela signals approval after a teammate hit a single moving Valenzuela to second against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton’s Julia Valenzuela signals approval after a teammate hit a single moving Valenzuela to second against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Sophie Frost delivers a pitch against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Sophie Frost delivers a pitch against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Cal State Fullerton players cheer their teammates during the game against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton players cheer their teammates during the game against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton’s Bryanna Ybarra makes contact against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton’s Bryanna Ybarra makes contact against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton first baseman Zoe Richard, right, throws out a UC Riversde runner at first in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton first baseman Zoe Richard, right, throws out a UC Riversde runner at first in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton outfielder Ari Williams makes a catch for an out against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton outfielder Ari Williams makes a catch for an out against UC Riverside in Fullerton on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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The No. 3 seed in the four-team Regional, the Titans will take on No. 2 seed Texas State, Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Regional’s No. 1 seed, UCLA, will face No. 4 seed Sacramento State in the second game of the day at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Cal State Fullerton swept swept UC Riverside in a double-header to win CSUF’s third consecutive Big West Conference Championship and earn the spot in the NCAA Tournament. The two wins Saturday followed a loss to UCR on Friday.

Cal State Fullerton is 33-23 this season, 18-3 in the Big West.

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Three Cal State Fullerton tennis players claim Big West All-Conference honors

Cal State Fullerton women’s tennis claimed three Big West All-Conference honors last week with standout Genevieve Zeidan named as Freshman of the Year.

Zeidan made history as the first Cal State Fullerton recipient of Freshman of the Year honors.  The native of Taipei, Taiwan, was instrumental in helping the Titans to program firsts – a trip to the Big West Tournament finals and a 20-win season.

Zeidan played between No. 1 and No. 2 singles, amassing a 20-6 dual match record. She finished 8-3 against Big West opponents, counting regular season and tournament matches, and helped the Titans achieve the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, which tied a program record.

Along with claiming Freshman of the Year, Zeidan also earned a spot on the First Team for Singles play. Karla Portalatin and Sarah Nuno joined Zeidan among those honored on the First-Team Singles.

Cal State Fullerton's  Karla Portalatin hits a return shot during her game against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 16.   (Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer)
Cal State Fullerton’s Karla Portalatin hits a return shot during her game against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 16. (Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer)

Portalatin played a large role in the program’s historic year, finishing singles play with a record of 25-7.

Nuno also played a big role in this season’s advancements, finishing the season 26-9.

The duo of Portalatin and Nuno also nabbed an honor together finding a spot on the First Team for doubles play.

Nuno and Portalatin took reign on doubles court number one going 26-6 overall.

Cal State Fullerton finished its historic season 20-6 (6-2 in conference). The 2017-18 campaign is the winningest season in program history.

Sarah Nuno competes at the Big West Conference tennis championship tournament last month. Photo courtesy Josh Barber/Cal State Fullerton Athletics
Sarah Nuno competes at the Big West Conference tennis championship tournament last month.<br />Photo courtesy Josh Barber/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

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Golf seasons wrap up for Cal State Fullerton men, women

After heading into round three at the Big West Championships at Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry tied for first place, the Cal State Fullerton men’s golf team fell back to fifth place on May 1 with a 9-over par 297. The Titans finished with a total score of 2-over par 866.

UC Irvine took first place with a score of 12-under par 852.

The Titans did have a bright spot individually in the third round as Martin Manalo earned a career-best tied for third place finish, just behind the leaders at 5-under par 211. Manalo shot an even par 72 in round three after shooting a 69 in round one and a 70 in round two. Manalo’s score of 69 in round one is also a new career-best.

Cal State Fullerton's Martin Manalo competes in February. This month Manalo tied for third at the Big West Championship in City of Industry.Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics
Cal State Fullerton’s Martin Manalo competes in February. This month Manalo tied for third at the Big West Championship in City of Industry.<br />Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

Matt Wilson placed tied for 15th place with a score of 1-over par 217 (70-74-73). Derek Castillo finished tied for 19th place 2-over par 218 (72-70-76).

Mark Cobey ended the tournament tied for 26th place at 6-over par 222 (71-73-78). Dalton Daniel finished tied for 32nd place with a score of 8-over par 224 (72-76-76).

Earlier, the Cal State Fullerton women’s team finished the Big West Championship in seventh place April 17 at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine with a score of 64-over par 916. Long Beach State won that tournament.

Elsa Lundquist and Courtney Sharkey both placed tied for 24th place with a score of 18-over par 231.

After the tournament the conference held its awards ceremony where Lundquist received All-Big West Honorable Mention.

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Cal State Fullerton baseball hosts annual Miracle League Clinic

The Cal State Fullerton baseball team hosted its annual free clinic for the Miracle League of North Orange County on the evening of April 18 at Goodwin Field.

  • Cal State Fullerton baseball player Sahid Valenzuela joined teammates and coaches in the CSUF baseball team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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    Cal State Fullerton baseball player Sahid Valenzuela joined teammates and coaches in the CSUF baseball team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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  • CSUF baseball players and coaches participated in the team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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    CSUF baseball players and coaches participated in the team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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  • CSUF baseball players and coaches participated in the team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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    CSUF baseball players and coaches participated in the team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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The Miracle League gives children and adults with mental and physical disabilities the chance to play baseball.

“It was really awesome to get out there and spend time with these guys,” said Titan closing pitcher Brett Conine. “The passion and love they have for life and the game of baseball was awesome to see. It really puts everything in perspective.”

The clinic at Goodwin Field gave the players — with ages ranging from  8 into the 60s — the opportunity to interact with Titan coaches and players on the main diamond, in the bullpens and in the batting cages

The event has produced some of the Titans’ most loyal and supportive fans over the years. Many Titans had left the clinic saying it’s the most humbling and gratifying experience they’ve ever had.

The Titans and miracle leaguers participated in drills, ran the base paths, laughed and shared stories. The evening ended with the group eating pizza together.

Source: Cal State Fullerton Athletics

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Freshman, senior honored for offensive success at Cal State Fullerton softball

Freshman infielder Deshea Hill is emerging as a leader for Cal State Fullerton, so far this season winning two Big West Conference Softball Field Player of the Week awards. And a veteran, senior infielder Bryanna Ybarra, is this week’s Big West Softball Field Player of the Week.

  • Cal State Fullerton softball player Deshea Hill takes a throw to thrid base duing practice on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.  (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cal State Fullerton softball player Deshea Hill takes a throw to thrid base duing practice on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Deshea Hill bats against San Diego State in Fullerton on March 11.
Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

    Deshea Hill bats against San Diego State in Fullerton on March 11.
    Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

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  • Deshea Hill plays against San Diego State in Fullerton on March 11.
Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

    Deshea Hill plays against San Diego State in Fullerton on March 11.
    Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

  • Deshea Hill plays against San Diego State in Fullerton on March 11.
Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

    Deshea Hill plays against San Diego State in Fullerton on March 11.
    Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

  • Cal State Fullerton’s Bryanna Ybarra competes at home March 31 against UC Santa Barbara. Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics.

    Cal State Fullerton’s Bryanna Ybarra competes at home March 31 against UC Santa Barbara. Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics.

  • Cal State Fullerton’s Bryanna Ybarra competes at home March 31 against UC Santa Barbara. Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics.

    Cal State Fullerton’s Bryanna Ybarra competes at home March 31 against UC Santa Barbara. Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics.

  • Cal State Fullerton’s Bryanna Ybarra competes at home March 31 against UC Santa Barbara.
Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

    Cal State Fullerton’s Bryanna Ybarra competes at home March 31 against UC Santa Barbara.
    Photo courtesy Matt Brown/Cal State Fullerton Athletics

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Hill’s latest player of the week honor came April 9 after her performance against Cal State Northridge the weekend of April 7-8. CSUF won all three games.

This was her first time back in the Fullerton lineup since March 17 when she injured her leg against Nebraska.

Overall against CSUN, she went 5-8 (.625) recording at least one hit and one RBI in each of the three games.

On March 12, Hill won her first career conference player of the week award.

For the week of March 5-11, Hill hit .688 (11-16). She recorded five extra base hits (three doubles and two home runs) in five games as the Titans went 3-2. Hill also notched a team-best six RBI and scored five runs accounting for almost half of Fullerton’s 24 runs over the entire week.

Hill is a Carlsbad High School graduate.

Ybarra hit a sizzling 750 over the weekend to fuel a conference sweep for the Titans of Hawai’i, leading to her first career selection as Big West Field Player of the Week. Ybarra had six hits in eight at-bats, including two home runs.

Since conference play stared, Ybarra has been one of the hottest hitters in the Big West leading in average (.515), on-base percentage (.585), hits (17) and doubles (4). Ybarra is a graduate of North High School in Torrance.

After sweeping the three-game series at Hawai’i over the weekend, Cal State Fullerton is 26-20 and 11-1 in the Big West Conference. The Titans next face UC Davis at home this weekend for a three-game series.

–Source: Cal State Fullerton

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