This Week in the Big West - May 16-22, 2011
It's NCAA time! Women's golf begins NCAA Championship play as UC Davis heads to Bryan, Texas for their second finals in three years. Meanwhile, the UC Davis and Pacific men's golf teams along with a quartet of individuals begin NCAA Regional play. And softball opens NCAA Regional play Friday, with Big West champs Pacific headed to Palo Alto, California and Long Beach State to Tempe, Arizona.
Two weeks left of the 2011 regular season and defending champion Cal State Fullerton is in the driver's seat with a league-leading 17-4 mark. UC Irvine sits second with a 13-5 mark and is followed by Cal Poly at 13-8. There is a three-way tie for fourth between Long Beach State, UC Riverside and UC Davis, all owning a 10-8 mark. In 2010, UC Davis finished eighth and Long Beach State ranked ninth and this year they find themselves fighting for the fourth spot.
The Titans take a break from conference play this week before closing out the season at Cal State Northridge. The Anteaters, winning eight of the last nine contests, have yet to face the Highlanders (5/20-22) and 49ers (5/27-29). Cal Poly, who is firing on all cylinders now that the injury bug is gone, plays its final conference series this weekend at Pacific and then visits Bakersfield for a season-ending three-game series.
For the sixth year in a row, select games will be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.
Baseball Weekly Release #14
It's NCAA Championships time for both women's and men's golf. 2011 Big West women's golf champs UC Davis head to Bryan, Texas to compete at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship Wednesday, May 18 through Saturday, May 21.
Meanwhile, 2011 Big West men's champs UC Davis as well as Pacific will see their teams compete in the NCAA Regionals. The Aggies head to Tucson, Arizona to play in the Southwest Regional, while the Tigers travel to San Diego, California for the West Regional. A quartet of players will also be participating as individuals.
Big West Women's Golf Regionals Recap
NCAA Women's Golf Championship Central
NCAA Men's Golf Regionals Preview
The 2011 edition of the NCAA Softball Tournament will include two Big West programs as Pacific and Long Beach State were selected to participate in the chase for the national championship.
The Tigers (37-17, 16-5 Big West) are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 and the ninth time overall. The club is an automatic qualifier after winning the Big West regular season championship for the first time in school history. Pacific's postseason path begins in the Palo Alto Regional against #15 seed Stanford. The other two clubs in that regional are Fresno State and Nebraska with play set to begin Friday.
The 49ers (37-16, 15-6 Big West) are making their 20th showing in the NCAA Tournament and the third postseason showing in five years under head coach Kim Sowder. LBSU will be playing in the Tempe Regional against San Diego State Friday. Joining the two squads are North Dakota State and the #1 overall seed Arizona State.
Softball NCAA Tournament Preview
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 - NCAA Women's Golf Championship (Bryan, TX) - UCD participating.
 - NCAA Men's Golf South Central Regional (Erie, CO) - Geoff Gonzalez (CP) participating.
 - NCAA Men's Golf Southwest Regional (Tucson, AZ) - UCD participating.
 - NCAA Men's Golf West Regional (San Diego, CA) - PAC, Nick Delio (CSUN), Jerry He (UCI), Glen Scher (UCSB) participating.
 - NCAA Softball Regional (Tempe, AZ).
 - NCAA Softball Regional (Palo Alto, CA).