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This Week in the Big West - March 28-April 3, 2011

3/28/2011

It's full steam ahead for spring sports as the first championships of the spring are fast approaching, while baseball and softball see the beginning of Big West play this week.

Baseball

The 2011 Big West Conference baseball season gets underway this weekend. Defending champion and nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton travels to Northern California to face the UC Davis Aggies in a three-game series. The Titans have won eight of the last nine contests, while UC Davis has struggled to find success, winning just three games.

Joining the Titans up north is Long Beach State, who tackles the Pacific Tigers at Klein Family Field. The 49ers are already battle-tested, having played 17 of their first 23 contests against ranked opponents.

Cal Poly welcomes UC Riverside to Baggett Stadium for a three-game series while, UC Irvine, who suffered its first series loss of the year last weekend, hosts Cal State Northridge.

The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara must wait one more week before entering conference play. On tap for the Gauchos this week is a midweek contest versus Loyola Marymount and a weekend series at San Jose State.

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 #7



Golf

UC Irvine hosts the Anteater Invitational this week with five Big West women's teams in the field, while UC Santa Barbara welcomes six other Big West men's teams to the OGIO-Santa Barbara Intercollegiate.

Golf April News & Notes


Softball

With the bulk of non-conference play is in the books, the eight Big West teams will embark on their first journeys toward a championship as league play begins this weekend.

All eight teams will be in action as doubleheaders are scheduled for Saturday and single-game finales Sunday. The slate has intriguing matchups all over the board, beginning with the series in Davis between the 2010 Big West co-champions Cal State Northridge and UC Davis . The top two teams in the non-conference standings will also clash as league-leading Long Beach State visits Pacific. Cal Poly will also look to put its difficult non-conference showing in the rear view mirror as it heads to the Inland Empire to take on UC Riverside, while Cal State Fullerton heads to the Central Coast looking to add to Michelle Gromacki's eye-popping coaching record against UC Santa Barbara.

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.

Softball Weekly Release #8


Tennis

Men's and women's tennis action ratchets up a few notches this week as both sides search for someone to take command in the Big West standings.

Five teams are in firm contention for the women's title.  Current Big West co-leaders Cal Poly and UC Davis own identical 12-3 overall and 4-0 conference records.  The Mustangs and Aggies are set to duel on Saturday in Davis.

The developing men's tennis race is nothing to scoff at either with a majority of key matches yet to be played.  Perhaps some clarity will be revealed following this week's matches.  Co-leaders Cal Poly (10-3, 1-0) and UC Irvine (9-5, 1-0) spring into action.  The Mustangs head up north to battle Pacific and UC Davis.  The Anteaters return from a 12-day hiatus in face UC Riverside on the road Friday. 

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 #9


Women's Water Polo

The conference portion of the women's water polo schedule gains full focus this weekend with four matches on tap.  All six Big West schools are nationally ranked for the seventh straight week.

The conference portion of the 2011 season commences this weekend with four teams in action.  Cal State Northridge, which has earned a share of the Big West regular season title in each of the last two seasons, hosts UC Davis and Pacific following a 16-day break from competition.  The Matadors (16-11) are on pace to record their third consecutive 20-win season.  They are 2-0 on a current seven-game homestand.  CSUN is the only Big West school to have won back-to-back league openers in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

UC Santa Barbara isthe 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 #9







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Schedule for March 28-April 3, 2011
DAY DATE SPORT HOME AWAY TIME (PT)
TV/ONLINE
Fri. Apr. 1
Baseball UC Davis
Cal State Fullerton
2:30 pm
GameTracker
Audio - CSUF
Audio - UCD
 
  UC Santa Barbara San Jose State
3:00 pm
GameTracker
Audio - UCSB
      Cal Poly UC Riverside 6:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CP
      Pacific Long Beach State
6:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
Audio - PAC
      UC Irvine Cal State Northridge
6:30 pm
GameTracker
Audio - CSUN
Audio - UCI
    M-Ten UC Riverside UC Irvine 2:00 pm  
    W-Ten Notre Dame
Long Beach State
12:00 pm  
 
  Cal State Northridge
Portland
1:00 pm  



Pacific Cal Poly 1:30 pm

Sat. Apr. 2
Baseball UC Davis
Cal State Fullerton
1:00 pm
GameTracker
Audio - CSUF
Audio - UCD


  UC Santa Barbara San Jose State
1:00 pm
GameTracker
Audio - UCSB


  UC Irvine
Cal State Northridge
2:00 pm
GameTracker
Audio - CSUN
Audio - UCI


  Cal Poly
UC Riverside
6:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CP
Audio - UCR


  Pacific
Long Beach State
6:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
Audio - PAC


Softball UC Davis (DH)
Cal State Northridge
12:00 pm
GT- Game 1
GT- Game 2


  UC Riverside (DH)
Cal Poly
12:00 pm Live Stats


  UC Santa Barbara (DH)
Cal State Fullerton
12:00 pm GT- Game 1
GT- Game 2
Audio - UCSB


  Pacific (DH)
Long Beach State
12:00 pm GT- Game 1
GT- Game 2


M-Ten UC Davis
Cal Poly
12:00 pm



  Pacific
UC Santa Barbara
1:00 pm



W-Ten UC Davis
Cal Poly
11:00 am



  UC Riverside
Cal State Northridge
11:00 am


  DePaul
Long Beach State
12:00 pm



WWP Cal State Northridge
UC Davis
12:00 pm


  UC Irvine
Hartwick
12:00 pm


  UC Santa Barbara
Pacific
12:00 pm


  Long Beach State
Hartwick
7:00 pm
Sun. Apr. 3
Baseball Cal Poly
UC Riverside
1:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CP
Audio - UCR


  UC Davis
Cal State Fullerton
1:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - CSUF
Audio - UCD


  UC Irvine
Cal State Northridge
1:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - CSUN
Audio - UCI


  UC Santa Barbara
San Jose State
1:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCSB


  Pacific
Long Beach State
1:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
Audio - PAC


Softball UC Davis
Cal State Northridge
12:00 pm GameTracker


  UC Riverside
Cal Poly
12:00 pm GameTracker


  UC Santa Barbara
Cal State Fullerton
12:00 pm GameTracker


  Pacific
Long Beach State
12:00 pm BW.TV (FREE)
GameTracker


M-Ten UC Davis
Montana
12:00 pm  


  Pacific
Cal Poly
12:00 pm  


  Fresno State
UC Santa Barbara
12:00 pm  


W-Ten UC Davis
UC San Diego
11:00 am
 


  Saint Mary's
Pacific 11:00 am  


WWP Cal State Northridge
Pacific 12:00 pm  


  UC Irvine
Stanford
12:00 pm  


  UC Santa Barbara
UC Davis
12:00 pm


  Cal State Northridge
Cal State San Bernardino
3:00 pm