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This Week in the Big West - February 14-20, 2011

2/14/2011

Spring is in the air, with baseball Opening Day this Friday!  Softball kicked off the season last week, with tennis, golf and women's water polo already in the swing of things.  Meanwhile, men's and women's hoops enter the stretch run to the 2011 ampm Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament at Honda Center!  Men's basketball teams also will participate in the Sears BracketBusters event this Saturday.


Baseball

Cal State Fullerton is the predominate favorite in the 2011 Big West Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll, receiving all nine first-place votes. The Titans have at least a share of eight of the last 12 titles and a conference-best 15 overall. UC Irvine and UC Riverside found themselves knotted in second place with 65 votes apiece. Receiving 50 points to grab the fourth slot is Cal Poly while Long Beach State rounds out the top five with 47 points.

For the sixth year in a row, select games l be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Baseball Weekly Release #1


Men's Basketball

Cal Poly trails league-leading Long Beach State by two games in the men's basketball standings, and hosts a key conference matchup against Cal State Northridge on Wednesday.  However, the 49ers can clinch at least a share of the regular season championship with a win over UC Riverside coupled with a Cal Poly loss to the Matadors.

For the sixth year in a row, all home and conference games will be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #15


Women's Basketball

Cal Poly Head Coach Faith Mimnaugh needs just one more conference wins to reach 100 Big West victories, a feat only four other league coaches have accomplished. The Mustangs, who returned a majority of their players from 2009-10, own a 10-1 conference mark. Mimnaugh's first opportunity to capture her 100th victory is Thursday evening when the Mustangs travel Cal State Northridge.

Long Beach State claimed back-to-back victories for just the second time this year to improve to 5-7, tying them for fifth place. Pacific (4-7) finds themselves in seventh place after grabbing a win over NorCal foe UC Davis and ninth-place Cal State Northridge defeated eighth-place Cal State Fullerton to come within one win of the eighth slot.

The Long Beach State 49ers play their final game of the season at The Walter Pyramid Saturday evening when they entertain UC Riverside. Long Beach State, who closes out the 2010-11 season with a three-game road trip, is 5-7 when playing in front of its hometown fans. Seniors Ashley Bookman, Courtney Jacob and Melanie Lisnock will be honored after Saturdays contest.

For the sixth year in a row, all home and conference games will be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #14



Golf

Long Beach State will be busy this week, with the men hosting the Battle at the Beach and the women hosting the Gold Rush on Monday and Tuesday.  The 49er men will be joined by the UC Davis Aggies in Newport Coast, CA while Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside are also participating in the Gold Rush in Yorba Linda, CA.  Meanwhile the UC Irvine women will also be in action Monday and Tuesday at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

Golf February News & Notes


Softball

Tournament play takes the spotlight as four tourneys dot the Big West schedule. There will be one at a league diamond as UC Riverside hosts its annual aTen Construction Tournament. The Highlanders will take on Minnesota, Rutgers and Loyola Marymount over the three-day event at Amy S. Harrison Field.

Softball Weekly Release #2


Tennis

The 2011 Big West Men's and Women's Tennis Championships are a scant three months away a Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, April 28 through May 2.


Tennis Weekly Release #5 (coming soon)


Women's Water Polo

Only six games dot the Big West women’s water polo schedule this week, a light fare after a smorgasbord of contests at the Triton Invitational last week.  But half of those games take place against the nation’s top three teams.

Long Beach State hosts No. 2 USC in its home opener on Friday, while UC Irvine travels to No. 3 UCLA Saturday.  Pacific hosts top-ranked Stanford on Sunday.  Cal State Northridge hosts a doubleheader against Cal State Bakersfield and Occidental, and Pacific welcomes Cal Baptist to round out this week’s ledger.

The prestigious 16-team UC Irvine Invitational is next on deck February 26-27.  Nine of the nation’s top 10 squads and 15 of the top 20 compete in that event.

UC Santa Barbara will be the host institution for the 2011 Big West Women's Water Polo Championships this spring, April 29 through May 2.

Women's Water Polo Weekly Release #5



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This Week in the Big West is the one-stop listing of the top matches taking place across the Big West Conference!  Each week, This Week in the Big West will highlight the games that fans won’t want to miss and critical match-ups home or away in one location.  Keep in touch with the happenings around the conference!

 

Schedule for February 14-20, 2011
DAY DATE SPORT HOME AWAY TIME (PT)
TV/ONLINE
Mon. Feb. 14
M-Golf Battle at the Beach [1]

All Day
GolfStat


W-Golf The Gold Rush [2]
  All Day
GolfStat



UC Irvine [3]
  All Day
GolfStat


W-Ten #7 UCLA
#66 Cal Poly
1:30 pm
Live Stats
Tues. Feb. 15
MBB Seattle
UC Davis 7:15 pm Live Stats
Audio - UCD
Video (Pay)


M-Golf Battle at the Beach [1]
All Day GolfStat
    W-Golf The Gold Rush [2]
All Day GolfStat



UC Irvine [3]
  All Day
GolfStat


Softball Pacific (DH)
Fresno State
Postponed

Wed. Feb. 16 MBB Cal Poly
Cal State Northridge
7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameCast
Audio - CP
Audio - CSUN

    Long Beach State
UC Riverside
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
Audio - UCR
   
UC Santa Barbara
Cal State Fullerton
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CSUF
Audio - UCSB
      Pacific UC Irvine
7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCI
Audio - PAC


W-Golf UC Irvine [3]
  All Day
GolfStat


Softball Cal State Fullerton
#1/2 UCLA
Postponed

Thurs. Feb. 17 WBB Cal State Fullerton
UC Santa Barbara 7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CSUF
Audio - UCSB
 

Cal State Northridge
Cal Poly
7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CSUN
 

Long Beach State
UC Riverside
7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
Audio - UCR
 
  UC Irvine Pacific 7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameCast
Audio - UCI
Audio - PAC


M-Ten #52 UC Irvine
Oregon
1:00 pm

    W-Ten Loyola Marymount
UC Riverside
1:30 pm
      Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Bakersfield
2:00 pm

Fri. Feb. 18 Baseball Cal Poly [4]
North Carolina
10:00 am+ GameTracker
Audio - CP
      Cal State Northridge
Seattle
11:00 am+ GameTracker
Audio - CSUN
      UC Irvine Nevada 1:00 pm+ GameTracker
      Loyola Marymount
UC Riverside 1:00 pm+ GameTracker
Audio - UCR
      UC Santa Barbara La Salle
Postponed
      Cal Poly [4]
Missouri 2:00 pm
GameTracker
Audio - CP
      UC Davis Sacramento State
Postponed
      Pacific Kansas State
Postponed
      Long Beach State
Cal State Fullerton
Postponed

    WBB UC Davis Seattle 7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCD
    Softball Cal State Northridge [5]
Nevada 8:00 am
Tourney Central
GameTracker
      UC Davis [6] Northwestern 9:00 am
Tourney Central
GameTracker
      UC Santa Barbara [6]
Howard
9:00 am
Tourney Central
GameTracker
      Cal State Northridge [5]
Portland State
10:15 am
Tourney Central
GameTracker
      Pacific [7]
Kennesaw State
11:00 am
GameTracker
      Cal Poly [5]
Brigham Young
11:15 am
Tourney Central 
      UC Santa Barbara [6]
Sacramento State
11:30 am
Tourney Central
GameTracker 
      Long Beach State [5]
Hawai'i 1:30pm Tourney Central
      UC Riverside [8]
Minnesota 2:00 pm Live Stats

    Cal Poly [5]
#3 Tennessee
3:45 pm
Tourney Central
GameTracker

 
Long Beach State [5] SIU-Edwardsville
3:45 pm
Tourney Central
   
UC Davis [6]
Cal
4:30 pm
Tourney Central
Live Stats


M-Ten UC Riverside
Oregon
2:00 pm

 
W-Ten #60 San Diego State
#46 Long Beach State
Postponed  
 

Saint Mary's
Pacific
Postponed  
 
WWP #12 Long Beach State
#2 USC 2:00 pm
 
Sat. Feb. 12 Baseball Cal State Northridge (DH)
Seattle
11:00 am GT - Game 1
GT - Game 2
Audio - CSUN
      UC Riverside (DH)
Loyola Marymount
12:00 pm Audio - UCR
      UC Santa Barbara
La Salle
12:00 pm+
GameTracker
Audio - UCSB
      Sacramento State
UC Davis Postponed
      Cal State Fullerton
North Carolina
1:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - CSUF
      UC Irvine
Nevada
2:00 pm GameTracker
      Pacific (DH)
Kansas State 2:00 pm+ GT - Game 1
GT - Game 2
      Cal Poly [3]
Missouri
Moved
      Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State
6:00 pm BW.TV (FREE)
GameTracker
Audio - CSUF
Audio - LBSU
    MBB UC Davis [9]
Hawai'i
2:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCD
 

Nevada UC Irvine [9]
2:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - UCI
Video (Pay)
 
  Idaho State
Cal State Fullerton [9]
3:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - ISU
Video (Pay)
 
  Oral Robets
Pacific [9]
5:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - PAC
Video (Pay)
      Cal Poly [9]
Northern Arizona
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameCast
Audio - CP
 

UC Santa Barbara [9]
Boise State
7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCSB
 

Eastern Washington
Cal State Northridge [9]
7:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - CSUN
Video (Pay)
 

Fresno State
UC Riverside [9]
7:00 pm
GameTracker
Audio - UCR
Video (Pay)
 
  Long Beach State [9]
Montana 8:00 pm
ESPN2
ESPN3.com
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
 
WBB Cal State Fullerton
Pacific
3:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CSUF
Audio - PAC
 
  UC Riverside
Cal Poly
7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
Live Stats
Audio - UCR
 
W-Golf UC Davis [12]

All Day
GolfStat
 
Softball Cal Poly [5]
Boise State
9:00 am
Tourney Central
GameTracker
Audio - BSU
 
  UC Davis [6]
Howard
Canceled Tourney Central
 
  Pacific [7]
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
9:00 am
GameTracker
 
  Cal State Northridge [5]
Brigham Young
10:15 am
Tourney Central
GameTracker
 
  Pacific [7] Drake
11:00 am
GameTracker
 
  Cal Poly [5] Utah State
11:15 am
Tourney Central
GameTracker
 
  UC Riverside [8]
Rutgers
11:30 am
Live Stats
 
  Long Beach State [5]
Arkansas
1:30 pm
Tourney Central
Live Stats
 
  UC Santa Barbara [6]
California
Canceled Tourney Central
 

Cal State Northridge [5]
Utah State
2:45 pm
Tourney Central
GameTracker
 
  Long Beach State [5]
Boise State
3:45 pm Tourney Central
Audio - BSU
 
M-Ten #54 UC Irvine [10]
Oklahoma State
10:00 am  
 
  #75 Cal Poly
Sacramento State
Postponed  
 

UC Davis
UC Santa Barbara
12:00 pm
 
 
  Pacific
San Francisco
2:00 pm
 
 
W-Ten UC Riverside [10]
Utah State
10:00 am
 

San Diego
#69 UC Irvine
Postponed  
 

Cal State Fullerton
UC Davis
12:00 pm
 
 
  Cal State Northridge
UC Santa Barbara
Postponed  
 
  Santa Clara
#66 Cal Poly
Postponed  
 
  Fresno State
Pacific
6:00 pm
 
 
WWP #19 Pacific
Cal Baptist
10:00 am
 
 
  #12 Cal State Northridge
Cal State Bakersfield
12:00 pm
 
 
  #3 UCLA
#11 UC Irvine 1:00 pm
 
 
  #12 Cal State Northridge Occidental 5:00 pm

Sun. Feb. 20
Baseball UC Irvine Nevada 11:00 am
GameTracker
 
  UC Davis (DH)
Sacramento State
11:00 am GT - Game 1
GT - Game 2
 
  UC Santa Barbara (DH) La Salle 11:00 am+ GT - Game 1
GT - Game 2
 
  Pacific Kansas State 11:00 am
GameTracker
 
  Long Beach State Cal State Fullerton
1:00 pm
GameTracker
 
  Cal State Northridge
Seattle
1:00 pm
GameTracker
 
  Loyola Marymount
UC Riverside
1:00 pm
GameTracker
 
  USC
Cal Poly [4]
7:00 pm
GameTracker
 
WBB UC Santa Barbara
Seattle
2:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCSB
 
W-Golf UC Davis [12]]

All Day
GolfStat
 
Softball Cal Poly [5]
Portland State
9:00 am

 
  UC Santa Barbara [6]
Northwestern
9:00 am

 
  Cal State Northridge [5]
Hawai'i
10:15 am

 
  Long Beach State [5]
Utah
11:15 am

 
  UC Riverside [8]
Minnesota
11:30 am

 
  UC Davis [6] Fresno State 11:30 am

 
  San Diego
UC Santa Barbara [6]
11:30 am

 
  Arizona
Pacific [7]
12:00 pm

 
  UC Riverside [8]
Loyola Marymount
2:00 pm

 
  San Diego
UC Davis [6] 2:00 pm

 
M-Ten UNLV
#52 UC Irvine
10:00 am

 
  California
#60 UC Santa Barbara
11:30 am

 
  UC Davis
Sacramento State
2:00 pm

 
  Saint Mary's Pacific 2:00 pm

 
W-Ten #66 Cal Poly [11] San Francisco
11:00 am

 
  San Diego #69 UC Irvine
12:00 pm+
 
  Cal State Northridge UC Davis 1:00 pm

 
  UNLV UC Riverside 2:00 pm

 
WWP Pacific #1 Stanford
1:00 pm

+ - Time change.
* - Game also carried on Fox Sports affiliates; click on link to check local listings.
** - Softball rankings from USA Today/NFCA & ESPN.com/USA Softball.

[1] - Battle at the Beach: LBSU & UCD participating (Newport Coast, CA).
[2] - The Gold Rush: CP, CSUF, CSUN, LBSU & UCR participating (Yorba Linda, CA).
[3] - Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (Palos Verdes, CA).
[4] - USC Tournament (Los Angeles, CA).
[5] - UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic (Las Vegas, NV).
[6] - San Diego Classic I (San Diego, CA).
[7] - Hillenbrand Invitational (Tucson, AZ).
[8] - aTen Construction Tournament (Riverside, CA).
[9] - Sears BracketBusters.
[10] - at Las Vegas, NV.
[11] - at Santa Clara, CA.
[12] - Peg Barnhard Invitational (Stanford, CA).