FULLERTON, Calif. - The Big West Conference announced the final 2019 Commissioner's Cup standings on Tuesday and the Cal State Fullerton Titans earned a runner-up finish. After winning the 2018 Cup, Fullerton won three Big West Championships on the year and finished right behind UC Santa Barbara in the 2019 standings.
Cal State Fullerton ended up second in its Cup-defending season, finishing at 118.6 over its 14 sports. The Titans posted an incredible 150.0 average over the spring season, led by titles in men's golf, softball and women's track & field. CSF also finished top three in women's tennis and men's track & field, helping the program achieve a spring average that was 32.2 points better than the next-highest club. Consistency was a hallmark of the Cal State Fullerton athletic program all year as it also recorded top three finishes in men's cross country, women's cross country and men's basketball.
In determining a champion, the following round robin sports have points awarded on the basis of the final regular season standings, including a 20-point bonus for the champion. These sports are baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, women's tennis and indoor volleyball. In the sports of cross country, golf, men's tennis, track & field, women's beach volleyball and women's water polo, the points are awarded based on finish at the Conference Championship. In the case of ties in all sports, points shall be awarded by combining points and dividing them equally among the tied teams.
A complete recap of the point system is available here.
The softball program claimed the first of our three team titles as it secured their fourth consecutive Big West Championship and 12th in program history this year. It is just the third time in Big West Conference history that a team has claimed the title in four straight seasons with Fullerton being responsible for the last occurence from 2000-03.
Fullerton finished in first place with a score of 12-over par 876 at the Big West Conference Men's Golf Tournament, marking their first title since 2014. The Titans started the final round in fourth place and jumped to the top of the leaderboard after dominating with a score of 4-under par 876. The Titans were the only team to finish the third round under par. Fullerton was in seventh place out of eight teams after the first round but were able to keep their composure to come all the way back to win the championship.
The third and final title came via the women's track and field squad as it tallied 129.5 points to earn the first victory in program history at the Big West Track and Field Championships. The previous best finish for the squad was fourth place but the Titans had an outstanding two-day meet to secure the title. The men's team was unable to complete the three-peat after winning the team titles in 2017 and 2018, but earned a runner-up finish to add 140 points to the institution's total score.
In the fall, the women's team earned a runner-up finish at the Big West Cross Country Championships, which was also the best finish in program history. The men's team had a strong outing as well, taking third place overall for the third straight year.
Over the winter session, the men's basketball program tallied 150 points to add to the institutional total as it tied for second place with UC Santa Barbara in the regular season standings.
Also in the spring, the women's tennis program tied for second place in the standings. Head coach Dianne Matis and the squad tied with Long Beach State in the standings to put 150 points on the board for the Titans.
Baseball tacked on 120 points with its fourth-place finish in the regular season standings.
The Big West Commissioner's Cup, which started during the 1998-99 season, is awarded to the institution with the highest average point total following the 18 Conference sport seasons. Points are not awarded if the institution or conference does not sponsor the sport.
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