Titans Tops in Sear's Cup

Cal State Fullerton scored points in more sports -- six -- than any Big West Conference rival in NCAA championship competition in the 2000-01 academic year and the Titans' showing put them back atop the average rankings.

The Titans finished the year strong with baseball's national third-place finish and softball's advance to the semi-finals of the NCAA regional at Arizona. Earlier, the Titans earned national places in men's soccer, women's gymnastics, wrestling and fencing to place 78th overall. The only Big West institution to finish ahead of Fullerton in 2000-01 was Pacific at No. 71. The Tigers scored points in women's volleyball, women's swimming, men's golf, men's tennis and softball. The only other school placing in as many as five sports was Utah State in women's volleyball, men's basketball, women's gymnastics and men's indoor and outdoor track and field.

Long Beach State had overtaken Fullerton in the average annual place rankings last year but the 49ers scored points in only women's volleyball, women's track and field and baseball in 2000-01 to fall an average of seven places behind the Titans. Fullerton has averaged an 82nd place while the 49ers' average fell to 89th.

Fullerton's third place in baseball was the highest finish for a Big West Conference school in any sport. UC Santa Barbara placed fifth in women's volleyball.

Stanford edged UCLA for this year's overall Sears Cup with Georgia third, Michigan fourth and Arizona fifth.

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