Jag athletics picks up 3rd consecutive Vic Bubas cup

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NEW ORLEANS – When the University of South Alabama baseball program earned the Sun Belt Conference tournament title with a walk-off single from Brendan Donovan in the 10th inning Sunday, it not only delivered the Jaguars an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament but the league’s Vic Bubas Cup.

The Jags earned an extra point in the standings for the award — presented to the school with the top all-around program — for winning the baseball tournament championship, and with 119 points edged out Texas State by a ½ point while finishing two ahead of Texas-Arlington.

It’s the third straight season USA has won the trophy, the first time the school has accomplished the feat since claiming three in a row from 1992-94.

In addition to baseball, which was runner-up in the regular-season standings, South’s soccer program won both regular-season and tournament Sun Belt titles. Ten other Jag teams were among the top half of the standings in their sport including men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf, softball, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.

For sports that have a regular season conference schedule, Vic Bubas Cup points are awarded based strictly on regular season finish, while for those sports that do not have a regular season league schedule points are awarded based on each program’s finish at the league championship. Total points numbers are awarded based on the number of schools sponsoring the sport, and institutions not sponsoring a sport do not receive points in that sport. Also, institutions tying for positions split the combined points of their positions.

“We are humbled, proud and honored to have earned the Vic Bubas Cup. The elevated competitive level among our Sun Belt Conference member institutions is what makes this so rewarding,” said South Director of Athletics Dr. Joel Erdmann. “This does not happen without the good, hard work and support of student-athletes, coaches, support staff, the University community and all members of the Jaguar Nation. Having a well-balanced, competitive department with equal expectations of excellence for every program is something we strive for daily.”