49ers Earn Third Straight Big West Conference Commissioner’s CupPublished: June 17, 2013
Following an outstanding spring season, CSULB vaulted its way to the top of the Big West Conference’s Commissioner’s Cup standings, winning the award for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in the last five.
The Big West Commissioner’s Cup, which began during the 1998-99 season, is presented at the end of the spring season to the institution with the top overall point average tallied from Big West Conference championships. To determine the champion for the cup, total points are summed and divided by the number of championships in which each institution competes. Each sport’s regular-season champion is also given a 20-point bonus.
The 49ers picked up an average of 141.0 points during their eight-sport spring season, putting its overall point total to a cup-winning 139.3 over 14 sports. LBSU’s run was fueled by regular season championships in men’s basketball and women’s tennis, a conference title in men’s track and field and second-place showings in women’s volleyball, women’s golf and softball.
Second place in the cup competition went to UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) with 120.7 points over 15 sports during the 2012-13 campaign. The spring season was especially kind to the Gauchos as they picked up an average of 138.5 points over eight sports. Among UCSB’s highlights in the spring were conference crowns in men’s tennis, and runner-up finishes in men’s and women’s track and field and baseball.
The University of Hawaii (UH) had a welcome return to the Big West, finishing third overall with its 116.9-point average over 13 sports. UH earned titles in women’s volleyball, softball and women’s water polo while also earning a second-place finish in women’s basketball.
In all, 2012-13 showed the depth of the conference as a record-breaking eight programs finished with 100.0 point or greater averages. Cal Poly was fourth with 112.0 points, thanks to a sweep in cross country and top-three finishes in both sides during the soccer and basketball seasons. UC Davis (104.4) was fifth with the top finish in men’s soccer, women’s golf and women’s track and field. Cal State Fullerton’s (104.3) titles in women’s soccer, men’s golf and baseball led the way to a sixth-place showing. UC Irvine’s women’s tennis title highlighted a 100.7-point average and Pacific’s final season in the league saw it earn women’s basketball and men’s golf championships on the way to an even 100.0 average.
Cal State Northridge, which earned a title in men’s soccer, finished with 92.7 points per sport, while UC Riverside rounded out the board with a 54.7 average.