College Roundup: UC Davis star and Morro Bay High product Hansen in lead at Big West golf tourney

Also, Cal Poly baseball team falls in polls; former Mustangs soccer standout Pridham announces he has pro deal

sports@thetribunenews.comApril 29, 2014 

Morro Bay High graduate and UC Davis senior Matt Hansen continued his stellar play Monday at the Big West Conference tournament in San Jacinto, shooting a 3-under 69 to open a five-stroke lead heading into the final round.

Hansen sits at 8 under following rounds of 67 and 69 for a two-day total of 136. Three golfers trail at 141.

The Mustangs shot one stroke better than the first round — 299-300 — but dropped two spots in the team standings to eighth.

Cam Price leads Cal Poly with a two-day total of 147, good for 14th. Johnny Castles is 19th at 149 following a second-round score of 73. Cole Nygren and Justin De Los Santos are in a tie for 32nd at 152, and former Arroyo Grande High standout Mitch Martin is 37th at 154.

Cal State Fullertron leads UC Davis by two strokes — 578-580 — in the team race. The final round begins at 7:30 a.m. today.
Mustangs drop in baseball polls

The Cal Poly baseball team dropped in all five major polls for the first time this season as a result of this past weekend’s series loss at Long Beach State.

The Mustangs (36-7, 12-3 Big West) fell two spots in rankings by Baseball America (from two to four), the Collegiate Baseball (one to three), the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (two to four) and USA Today/ESPN (three to five). The Perfect Game poll has Cal Poly at No. 9 — a six-position drop from last week.

The 1-2 weekend marked the first series loss of the year for the Mustangs and their first two-game losing streak.

Virginia (37-8) is the top-ranked team in all five polls.

Pridham announces he has pro contract

Former Cal Poly men’s soccer standout Mackenzie Pridham announced via Twitter he signed his first professional contract with Minnesota United FC of the North American Soccer League.

“Signed my first pro contract! Thanks to everyone that has supported me!” the midfielder tweeted with mentions to the accounts of Minnesota United and Cal Poly athletics.

Pridham, the Mustangs’ career goals leader and two-time Big West Offensive Player of the Year, was selected in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft in January by the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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