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Fall 2004 l Capital University Journal
Hornet Sports 2004-2005 preview

Baseball features plenty of new and returning
talent in 2005. Leading the pitching staff will be senior Ethan Katz, who was first team all-Division I Independent and finished last season 9-5 with five complete games, a shutout and 90 strikeouts. Among the top relievers will be senior Brandon Hall.

Jameel PughMen’s basketball has improved its overall and Big Sky Conference records each of the last four seasons. After finishing tied for second in the Big Sky last year, the team wants to continue that trend behind the strength of senior forward Jameel Pugh and junior point guard DaShawn Freeman. The season opens at Michigan on Nov. 19.

Women’s basketball will see major changes as second-year head coach Dan Muscatell rebuilds the program. With only six players returning from last year’s squad, the team will have an entirely new look and style of play. Among this year’s newcomers is Junior College All-American Lindsey Heard.

Football will be led by All-American wide receiver Fred Amey, senior quarterback Ryan Leadingham and junior running back Tyronne Gross. There are more than 40 new players. The team opens the season at Division I-A Nevada and the 51st-annual Causeway Classic is Sept. 25 at UC Davis. Homecoming will be Oct. 9 against Portland State.

Men’s & women’s golf
return most of their lineups from last season. Returning women include Jennifer Parkes, who averaged 81.44 over 18 rounds. The men will be guided by Brian Little, a junior named first team Division I all-independent last season after leading the team with a 74.42 average in 19 rounds.

Gymnastics features five returning gymnasts who have all qualified for the NCAA regional during their careers–seniors Stefanie Aeder, Meloney Greer, Jessica Hoffman and Nirvana Zaher, and junior Kimiye Narasaki. The squad will seek its fifth conference championship over the last six years.

Men’s soccer will boast its most talented squad in the Division I era. Among the returners will be seniors Patrick Nelle (first team all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and Marcos Mercado (two-time all-MPSF). This season, instead of a tournament, MPSF teams will play one another twice, with the conference champion earning the NCAA Tournament bid.

Women’s soccer lost 15 members from last season, but the team will feature one of the top recruiting classes in program history. The leading newcomers are Brittany Auernig, Kayelyn Satkowski, Amber Gwinn, Megan DeGuerre, Alecia Homer, Amanda Gray and Rebeccah Phillips.

Softball has a combined 62 wins over the last two years (32-28 in 2004), and the 2005 team returns seven starters, including three all-league performers. The team will be in its third year in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference and will compete for the league’s new berth at the NCAA Tournament.

Rowing continued its tradition of dominance in 2004. Since gaining intercollegiate status in 1995, the program has combined for a 49-14 dual-meet record and three Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. In 2005, five athletes return from last season’s top boat.

Margarita Karnaukhova Men’s & women’s tennis combined for seven Big Sky Conference championships since 1998. Guided by three-time Big Sky Coach of the Year Bill Campbell, the women’s team will seek its fourth-consecutive league championship in 2005. They’ll be led by Margarita Karnaukhova and Roberta Fessenko, both ranked nationally last year. The men’s team will seek its fifth conference title in nine years.

Men’s & women’s track & field/cross country
will be led by senior Brandon Parker, who won the Big Sky long jump crown each of the past two seasons and junior Roshena Duree, who scored a school-record 20 points at the conference meet. The schedule is expected to feature a dual meet against UC Davis for the first time in more than a decade.

Volleyball
enters the 2004 season having won the Big Sky Conference regular season and/or tournament championships each of the last seven years. Four starters returning from last year’s squad, which posted a 23-12 overall record and a 12-2 mark in the Big Sky.


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