Cal State Fullerton senior third baseman Missy Taukeiaho collected her first Big West Conference Player of the Week honor this season – the fourth of her career – to open up league action.
Taukeiaho, a graduate of Etiwanda High School, hit .625 with two home runs and seven RBIs in a series sweep of UC Riverside. She finished the week with a .571 on-base percentage and a 1.182 slugging percentage.
Taukeiaho accounted for 13 of Cal State Fullerton’s 23 runs in three wins over UCR. In addition to driving in seven runs, she scored six times in the series to help the Titans outscore the Highlanders 23-4.
Taukeiaho was named Big West Player of the Week, while Long Beach State’s Christina Clermont was named pitcher of the week.
Senior midfielder Stephanie Garrett of the University of Redlands lacrosse team has been named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Co-Athlete of the Week for the week of March 21-27.
Garrett led the Redlands women’s lacrosse team to a 3-0 week with solid wins over DePauw (Ind.), Pacific University (Ore.), and George Fox (Ore.). As a team, the Bulldogs out-scored their opponents, 48-25, in an impressive offensive display. Leading the charge, Garrett fired off 13 goals off of 23 shots to go along with two assists.
She also pulled in 14 draw controls and eight ground balls, and forced five opponent turnovers.
Outside of already owning the school record for career draw controls (303), she currently leads the team and the SCIAC in goals (38) and free-position goals (15) for the 2016 season.
So far this season, Garrett has scored at least two goals in 10 of the Bulldogs’ 12 games.
Garrett joins Kana Moriyama of Caltech’s women’s tennis team in this week’s honor. In addition, Chapman University’s Gavin Blodgett was named the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week.
Freshman Thaddeus Smith of Cal State Fullerton earned his second Big West Athlete of the Week honor of the season after breaking two school records at the USC Trojan Invitational this past weekend.
The Damien High School graduate set a new school record in the 200m dash with his performance of 20.92, placing him in second place at the USC Trojan Invitational. His time also leads the Big West in the 200m while also ranking fifth in the NCAA.
Smith also ran the third leg in the 4x400m relay that also set a new Titan record, running a 0:46.9 to total the 3:09.67 new school record. The previous school record in the 4x400m relay broke the 14-year old record of 3:10.46 set back in 2002.
This is the second honor that the freshman has earned as he was named the Big West Athlete of the Week in week 1.