Sophomore Caroline Ordian of the University of Redlands women’s golf team has been named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Athlete of the Week for her performance at the NCAA Division III Championships. This is her fourth such honor during the 2015-16 academic year.
With consistency and patience throughout the weather-shortened tournament, Ordian captured the NCAA Individual Championship after posting a three-round total of 218 (73-70-75), which was one stroke ahead of the runner-up. She increased her lead to four strokes through the front nine of the fourth round when thunderstorms and hail forced the competition to be called, thus nullifying the final day’s scores.
Ordian ranked among the top five in the field for all statistical categories, including par threes (even), par fours (+5), par fives (-3), birdies (9), and pars (35).
Earlier in the week, she was honored as the 2016 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) NCAA Division III Player of the Year and became a two-time All-American.
Senior Missy Taukeiaho (Etiwanda HS) and Desiree Ybarra (Riverside Poly), both of Cal State Fullerton, have been named Big West Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
Taukeiaho was named Big West Conference Player of the Year for the second time in her career, previously earning the honor in 2014. She has managed 12 multi-hit and multi-RBI games this season.
The senior third baseman ranks seventh in batting average (.358), second in on-base percentage (.488), second in slugging percentage (.673), third in homers (9) and fourth in RBIs (37). Taukeiaho leads the league in runs scored (49), doubles (22), walks (38) and is second in total bases with 109.
In Big West Conference action, she hit .333 with five home runs, 20 RBIs, 22 runs scored, 16 walks and slugged an impressive .719.
While Taukeiaho has been an offensive threat this season, she has also been exceptional defensively with only three errors in 64 chances.
The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team got to host the NCAA Division II West Regional at Mt. SAC a year ago. It paid off as the Broncos won that and advanced to the NCAA championship and finished third.
The Broncos won’t be playing quite that close to home this year but they won’t be going far either. Cal Baptist, champion of the Pac West Conference, is the top seed and will host the six-team event that begins Thursday and runs through Monday.
There will be three games on Thursday with Cal Poly Pomona’s first foe being a familiar one – Chico State.
The Broncos (35-17) are seeded third with the Wildcats (35-20) seeded fourth. The teams are not strangers, having split four meetings this season. They met last week in the first round of the CCAA Tournament in Stockton with Chico prevailing 6-2. Chico leads the all-time series 58-34.
The Broncos went 10-5 against teams in the field this season, having played four of the other five entrants, with games against all the other three CCAA participants.
Other games the first day pit No. 2 Dixie State against No. 5 Cal State Monterey Bay at 11 with Cal Baptist playing Cal State East Bay at 3.
Admission is $10 a day for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Military personnel and children 12-under are admitted free.
There are no local players on the Chico State roster bit there are several playing at CBU. Those include seniors Andrew Montoya (Colton), Jake Galloway (Etiwanda/Chaffey College), Taylor Wetzel (Grantie Hills), juniors Alec Morabito (Yucaipa), Brian Ruhm (Yucaipa) and Jeremy Steggell (Chino Hills), sophomores Travis Booth (Ontario Christian), D.J. Porter (Los Osos) and Brody Robinson (Redlands East Valley) and freshmen Vini Haro (Big Bear), Kenny Boardman (Grand Terrace) and Derek Escobar (Grand Terrace).