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College notebook: Cuesta College honors Uskali, Miller as athletes of the month for April

Cuesta College honored baseball standout Neil Uskali as its athlete of the month for April.
Cuesta College honored baseball standout Neil Uskali as its athlete of the month for April.

Baseball player Neil Uskali and swimmer Ande Miller were chosen as the Cuesta College athletes of the month for April, the school announced Wednesday morning.

Uskali, a sophomore right-hander from Westlake Village, was at his best last month and helped lead the Cougars to their first Western State Conference championship since 2013.

He posted a 4-0 record with a 1.04 ERA in 33 innings, highlighted by a complete-game shutout victory against Ventura. Uskali recorded double-digit strikeouts in all four starts and improved his record to 7-1 overall.

For the season, Uskali has struck out 73 batters against five walks.

Cuesta is set to host Palomar in a first-round, best-of-three playoff series beginning at 2 p.m. Friday at Cuesta Field.

The All-American Miller guided Cuesta to a fifth-place finish at the conference championship meet, scoring a team-high 47 individual points. She advanced to the California Community College Swimming and Diving State Championships in three events.

Miller earned all-conference recognition in the 500-yard freestyle, 1,650 freestyle and 400 individual medley.

The state championship meet runs Thursday through Saturday at East Los Angeles College’s Swim Stadium.

Cal Poly second at Big West tourney

Cal Poly junior Cole Nygren shot a 69 during the final round of the Big West Conference Men’s Golf Championship on Wednesday at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley.

Nygren’s strong finish helped the Mustangs place second at the nine-team event with a three-round score of 865. UC Riverside (862) overcame a three-stroke deficit by shooting even par on the back nine to win its first conference title in 11 years.

Nygren completed the tournament with a three-round card of 74-70-69—213 and finish one stroke behind medalist Brandon Bauman of UC Santa Barbara.

Cal Poly sophomore Nick Engelhart, who also shot a 69 Wednesday, tied for sixth at 217. Sophomore Jesse Yap finished in a tie for 12th at 218, and junior Justin De Los Santos and sophomore Jimmy Castles tied for 27th at 223.

UC Riverside earned the Big West’s automatic berth into one of six NCAA regionals, and selected individuals will also get the chance to continue their seasons.

Selections for the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship will be announced on Golf Channel Morning Drive and streamed on the Golf Channel website Thursday. The regional selections announcement is scheduled to take place at 6:30 a.m.

Mustang tennis players honored

Three Cal Poly men’s tennis players were honored for their standout play by the Big West Conference Wednesday afternoon.

Mustang juniors Ben Donovan and Garrett Auproux were selected to the eight-player all-conference singles first-team, and junior Corey Pang garnered second-team recognition.

In doubles, Donovan and Pang received first-team all-conference honors. Auproux and Tim Tan were second-team all-conference recipients in doubles play.

Donovan earned first-team recognition for the third consecutive season.

On the women’s side, senior Dané Joubert and junior Zoe Oedekerk earned second-team all-Big West honors for the performances in doubles play. It was the second all-conference award for Joubert’s career.

The tandem’s high point of the second came when they upset the 34th-ranked doubles team in the country during the Big West Tournament quarterfinals, eliminating Long Beach State’s Laura Eales and Hayley Thompson, 6-3.