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CBU wins PacWest Commissioner's Cup for second time in three years

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (May 6, 2014) – With the California Baptist University baseball team grabbing a 9-3 win over Azusa Pacific Monday afternoon, the Lancers clinched their second PacWest Commissioner's Cup in only their third year in the conference.

It was one of the closest races in conference history, as the Lancers became just the second school in the conference, along with Hawai'i Pacific, to win the Commissioner's Cup twice. With a 12.500 average, the Lancers edged out conference-rival Azusa Pacific (12.455) for the top spot in the standings.

“Winning the Commissioner’s cup for the second time in three years is quite an accomplishment," CBU Athletic Director Micah Parker said. "Our coaches have done a tremendous job of recruiting and then developing those players into cohesive teams.  I’m proud of all the hard work our athletes, coaches and staff put in this year."

CBU took home three conference championships this year, in men's cross country, men's basketball and softball. The Lancers also had top-three finishes in all of the seven other Cup-eligible sports to secure the award.

BYU-Hawaii finished in third place, knocking off Hawai'i Pacific, while Dixie State rounded out the top-five schools in the Cup standings.

Since not every team in the conference sponsors the same sports, the PacWest Commissioner’s Cup Standings are based upon average finish instead of point totals. Each school’s points are totaled and then divided by the number of PacWest athletic programs it offers, giving an overall average finish for the school.

This marks the second Commissioner's Cup for CBU, after the Lancers took the title their first year in the conference two years ago. Last year, CBU came up just shy of a back-to-back first place finish.

The PacWest Commissioner’s Cup Scoring System awards points to schools based on their finishes in conference-sponsored sports. Regular-season standings are used for baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball, while the results of the conference championships in the sports of cross country, golf and tennis.