CSUN Softball Represents Big West In NCAA Tournament
Softball Weekly Release No. 16
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Mustang Season Comes To Close In Riverside: Cal Poly closed out its 2015 campaign at 22-33 going 0-3 in its final Big West series at UC Riverside. The Highlanders swept the Mustangs to move CP to 5-16 in conference. The Mustangs fell to UCR by just a single run Saturday, the ninth time this year the Mustangs fell to an opponent by just a single run. Cal Poly has also been on the board in all but five contests this campaign.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans Clinch Final Series: Cal State Fullerton claimed the penultimate game Sunday in its three-game series with CSUN to claim its final series of the season. The Titans finished their 2015 campaign with 248 runs batted in and a .396 on base percentage to lead the Big West while finishing fourth in conference with 12 wins in league action.
CSUN Sights Set On NCAA Tournament: After claiming the outright regular season title with a 41-15 overall record and a 16-5 mark in league, the Matadors earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will play in the tourney for the first time since 1998.
Title Talk: The Matadors’ historic campaign represents the third crown for CSUN in program history and the first regular season title for CSUN since 2010 when the Matadors were named co-champions with UC Davis, and the first out-right crown since 1998.
Tournament Time: The Matadors will play at the UCLA regional and will face the seven-seed in the Bruins at approximately 5:30 p.m PT at Easton Stadium on Friday, May 15.
LONG BEACH STATE
Three Hundred Wins: Long Beach State recorded its second sweep in a row as it claimed the series over UC Santa Barbara to finish off the season on a 6-0 run -- the six Ws represent the longest win-streak by LBSU this season. With three wins last weekend, coach Kim Sowder recorded her 300th overall win in the Big West as she led the 49ers to a second place finish in league.
Aggies Look To 2016: UC Davis ended its 2015 campaign with a 18-31 overall record and a 6-15 mark in Big West action after dropping its final three games to Hawai‘i on the road. The Aggies were quick on their feet this year, recording a league second-best 49 stolen bases while head coach Erin Thorpe in her inagural season with the Aggies led UCD to a sixth-place finish in conference.
Riverside Rallies To Historic Season: The UC Riverside softball team completed its best-ever season since trasitioning to DI 15 years ago with a sweep against Cal Poly. With three wins in the final week of the regular season, the Highlanders recorded their first-ever winning record in the Big West and the first time they have swept two series in conference contests. The Highlanders also garnered a Big West post season award in Co-Pitcher of the Year Chelsea Ponce for the first time in program history.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Campaign In The Books For Gauchos: UC Santa Barbara struggled in its final weekend to record a W, but capped off its season with a 19-35 year for a 6-15 run in league. With a collective .296 batting average, the Gauchos posted the third-best average this season of its Big West counterparts and with 53 walks in league, own the third-most in the category. UCSB went 4-5 in its final 9 games and took two league series this season.
Hawai‘i Finishes Strong: Hawai‘i ended its season on a four-game win-streak after sweeping its final opponent in UC Davis last week, claiming each game by at least five runs. The ’Bows took five series in conference play this season and put runs on the board in all but one league contest. UH belted the most homeruns of anyone in conference with 56 on the year and recorded the second-most shutouts with eight in 54 games played.