2015 Softball Season Review
2015 Final Softball Release
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Matadors Celebrate Historic Campaign
The 2014-15 campaign was a memorable one for CSUN as it earned the Big West regular season title for the first time in nearly 20 years and surpassed 40 victories for the first time in over two decades. Making an NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time since 2001, the Matadors kicked off their conference run with a 12-0 unbeaten mark claiming a Cal Poly sweep for the first time since 2004, an Aggie sweet for the first time since 2006 and a UCSB sweep for the first time since 2001. CSUN also swept UCR for the third-straight campaign and claimed the Long Beach series for the first time since 2002.
CSUN Record Book
Category Rank No.
Home Runs No. 1 45
Stolen Bases No. 1 84
Doubles t-No. 1 74
Triples t-No. 1 16
Category Rank No.
Team BA No. 50 .310
Team ERA No. 24 2.42
Team Fld. Pct. No. 32 .971
Conley Comes In Hot For CSUN
Freshman Zoe Conley became the first pitcher from CSUN to earn Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and added First Team All-Big West and First Team NFCA All-West Region honors to her credentials in just her first campaign. The first year also collected three Big West Pitcher of the Week honors and was named on of 25 finalists for the NFCA Freshman of the Year. Conley ended the year with a 19-7 record for a 1.84 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 156.1 innings of work. The pitcher finished 30th among all eligible pitchers in Division I for her ERA and held opposing teams to a .229 average.
Horvath Makes History In First Campaign
CSUN freshman, Savannah Horvath, also made history for the Matadors as she was just the second from her prgram to be named Big West Co-Freshman Field Player of the Year for her rookie season. Horvath was named Player of the Week twice and became the first Matador in program history to be names USA Softball’s National Collegiate Player of the Week.
Flowers And A First
CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers became the first Matador coach in school history to be named the Big West Coach of the Year for her program’s memorable campaign. The Matadors have increased their win total each year since 2012 and look to continue pushing the boundaries next season. Flowers will travel this summer as the Junior National head coach for Team USA in a pair of international tournaments.
UC Riverside’s Historic Campaign
UC Riverside completed is best-ever season in its Division I era and finished with its first winning recod in the Big West and the first time in program history that the Highlanders recorded two series sweeps in league play. UCR recorded a 39-17 mark overall for an 11-10 bout in conference action. 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. In the spirit of breaking records and setting new precedents, the Highlanders also broke their single-game attendance as they welcomed 490 fans to Amy S. Harrison field.
Ponce Is Raw Power
UC Riverside junior Chelsea Ponce made a lot of noise in her first campaign with the Highlanders including throwing the first no-hitter in school history. Ponce recorded a league-low 1.34 ERA while her 30 wins claimed the No. 1 spot in league this season. The transfer also recorded 188 strikeouts (3rd-most).
Sowder Records 300th Overall Victory
Long Beach State head coach Kim Sowder recorded her 300th career win overall as the 49ers ended their season with a 9-1 victory over CSUN. Sowder owns the best record of active Big West coaches with a 129-60 conference mark for a 300-195 overall record. LBSU’s skipper boasts a .606 winning percentage which ranks seventh all-time in conference history.
Mustangs Are Televised
In the 15-year history of Bob Janssen Field, Cal Poly played its first nationally televised game in program history as ESPNU visited the central coast on May 2 when the Mustangs faced league foe, Long Beach State.
Hyland Hits 200-Strikeout Mark
Sophomore righthander Sierra Hyland made history for Cal Poly as just the second pitcher in Mustang history to record successive 200-strikeout seasons. With a total of 233 Ks on the year, the sophomore led the league while her 2.31 ERA was the fourth-best mark in conference.
Cal State Fullerton freshman Samantha Vandiver ended her first collegiate campaign hitting for a .459 average with 17 RBI, 7 stolen bases in 32 runs in 50 games played. The Titan raked in the post season honors including NFCA All-West Region Second Team honors, Big West Co-Freshman of the Year honors, All-Big West First Team honors and All-Big West Freshman Team honors. Vandiver recorded at least 15 multi-hit games in her inaugural campaign and went on a24-game hit-streak, the longest for any Titan since at least the 1989 campaign when complete box scores became available.