Orfalea’s Student Athletes Excel in and out of the Classroom

Conference All-Academic Team

A group of student-athletes from the Orfalea College of Business were placed on the All-Academic Team by the Big West Conference, Pac-12 Conference or Mountain Pacific Sports Federation following the 2017 Spring Quarter for their achievements in the classroom. These student-athletes maintained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 and competed in at least 50 percent of his or team’s events this year. They include:

Sage Speak, Swimming and Diving, Business Administration
Nikki Fausey, Women’s Basketball, Business Administration
Dora Beilin, Beach Volleyball, Business Administration
Stephanie Heyward, Softball, Business Administration
Austin Dondanville, Baseball, Business Administration
Cam Schneider, Baseball, Business Administration
Taylor Gruenewald, Beach Volleyball, Business Administration
Jamie Harada, Women’s Golf, Business Administration
Ben Donovan, Men’s Tennis, Business Administration
Mikey Giguere, Men’s Track and Field, Business Administration
Garrett Migliozzi, Men’s Track and Field, Business Administration
Ashley Cope, Women’s Track and Field, Business Administration
Bailey Sanin, Women’s Track and Field, Business Administration
Erich Uelmen, Baseball, Industrial Technology
Ted Scranton, Men’s Track and Field, Industrial Technology
Hannah Hull, Women’s Track and Field, Business Administration

First-Team Honors

Several student-athletes from the Orfalea College of Business earned first-team all-conference honors and, in some cases, all-region or All-America honors:

ScrantonTed Scranton (Men’s Track & Field / Industrial Technology major)

Ted Scranton won the Big West Conference decathlon championship on May 5-6, compiling a score of 7,143 points in Fullerton.

While moving to No. 6 all-time at Cal Poly in multi-event scoring, he dethroned the defending champion, UC Santa Barbara rival Tyler Nelson, to take home the title.

In his best event among the 10 — the javelin — Scranton also was a qualifier for the NCAA Prelim Championships at Texas with a throw of 201 feet, 8.25 inches (ranking No. 10 in school history).

Scranton, a Petaluma, Calif. native, is also a Big West All-Academic honoree.


GiguereMichael Giguere (Men’s Track / Business Administration major)

Michael Giguere won the Big West Conference championship for the 5,000 meters on May 13 (recording a time of 14 minutes and 46.09 seconds, beating UC Davis rival Jordy Ceja by 3.7 seconds) at a meet televised by FOX Sports from Fullerton.

His fastest 5,000m performance of 2017 came at the 59th annual Mt. San Antonio Relays in Torrance on April 14, when he ran a time of 14:19.18.

Also during his junior year, Giguere won the 1,500-meter race at the 35th annual Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational on March 25, in 3:53.72.

A Westlake Village, Calif. native, Giguere is also a Big West All-Academic honoree.


Lindsey Chalmers (Softball / Business Administration Major)

After finishing among the nation’s statistical leaders in 2017, junior right-hander Lindsey Chalmers was named to the All-Big West Conference first team and NFCA All-West Region second team.

Chalmers closed the 2017 season ranked 29th among NCAA Division I pitchers in hits allowed per seven innings (4.72) and 41st in ERA (1.67).

Having enjoyed her best season to date, Chalmers allowed just 11 earned runs in 47.0 Big West innings and struck out a career high nine hitters in a seven-inning game on four occasions.

She struck out 10 Long Beach State hitters in a nine-inning effort on April 14.

With Chalmers in the rotation, Cal Poly made its first postseason appearance in eight years, finishing fourth among 26 programs in the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship tournament.


Bradlee Beesley (Baseball / Business Administration Major)

Bradlee Beesley earned a spot on Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Freshman All-American Team in June.

The business administration major hit .305 in his first season as a Mustang with a team-leading 13 doubles. Beesley also tripled three times, drove in 14 runs and stole four bases.

A 2016 graduate of San Leandro High School in the Bay Area, Beesley opened the 2017 season at second base and ended up starting the final 24 games of the year at third base. He also started eight games each at second base, right field and designated hitter along with four starts at shortstop and one in left field.

Beesley hit just .172 during the first nine games of the season before producing a four-hit game at San Diego State. Since and including that contest, Beesley hit .328, including another four-hit game against Cal State Fullerton.

He finished with a total of 18 multiple-hit games, second on the team, including a trio of three-hit contests. He had a seven-game hitting streak midway through the year and his 17-game reached-base streak was the longest on the team this season.

Beesley is the third Mustang in the last two years and 14th overall in Cal Poly’s 23 Division I seasons to land on the Freshman All-American Team.


Spencer Howard (Baseball / Business Administration Major)

Spencer Howard, a junior academically but a redshirt sophomore on the Cal Poly baseball team, was drafted in the second round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies in June.

Cal Poly’s third-highest draft pick ever, Howard is a business administration major and a right-handed pitcher on the baseball team.

In June, Howard earned second-team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and captured his team’s Mike Krukow Outstanding Pitcher Award.

He was named to the All-Big West Conference first team after finishing second in the Big West with his 2.05 ERA. Howard’s eight wins also are No. 2. He struck out 97 batters, third in the conference, over 87 2/3 innings, averaging nearly 10 strikeouts per nine-inning game.

Nationally, Howard was No. 23 in ERA, No. 71 in WHiP (1.08), No. 49 in victories, No. 58 in strikeouts and No. 91 in strikeouts per nine innings.

Howard won his last five starts and became the first Mustang starter since Kyle Anderson in 2012 to finish the year with just one loss.


Erich Uelmen (Baseball / Industrial Technology Major)

Junior right-handed baseball pitcher Erich Uelmen earned a spot on the 2017 Big West Conference Spring All-Academic Team in July.

The industrial technology major from Las Vegas faced the best pitcher the opposition could field every Friday night and finished 4-8 with a 2.93 ERA, fifth-best in the Big West. His 100 strikeouts were No. 2 in the conference and No. 49 in the nation.

Uelmen, who earned wins in his final two starts of the season against UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on June 13 by the defending world champion Chicago Cubs.

This season, Cal Poly earned its fourth second-place Big West finish since joining the conference in 1997, posting a 16-8 mark. The Mustangs overcame 2-9 and 8-16 starts by winning 20 of their last 32 games to finish 28-28 overall.