Taukeiaho, Clermont Earn Softball Weekly Honors
Missy Taukeiaho and Christina Clermont helped their teams open up Big West play on positive notes, and garnered the softball weekly awards.
Taukeiaho Hits Two Homers Against UC Riverside
Cal State Fullerton senior Missy Taukeiaho (Rancho Cucamonga, Washington) hit .625 with two home runs and seven RBI in a series sweep of UC Riverside, and collected her fourth career Big West Softball Field Player of the Week award.
The third baseman accounted for 13 of Fullerton’s 23 runs in the three wins over the Highlanders. The Titans have now won 19 of their last 23 contests. Taukeiaho crossed the plate six times in addition to her seven RBIs.
Taukeiaho doubled and homered in CSF’s 9-1 mercy-rule victory in the series opener. She hit a solo shot in the first inning, finishing the game 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored and two RBIs.
In a narrow 2-1 win in game two, Taukeiaho smacked a run-scoring double and scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the first frame.
She belted her first grand slam of the season to blow open Sunday’s series finale, completing the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBIs in a 12-2 triumph. Taukeiaho finished the week with a .571 on-base percentage and 1.182 slugging percentage.
Others nominated: Taylor Glover (CSUN); Nichole Fry (Long Beach State); Ashley Lotoszynski (UC Davis); Melanie Menor (UC Santa Barbara); Tayana Mata (Hawai‘i)
Clermont Tallies Two Wins, Save In Big Week
Earning the first Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week award this season, and the fifth of her career, Long Beach State junior Christina Clermont (Carlsbad, Calif./Syracuse) picked up two wins and a save in the circle.
Clermont posted a 1.29 ERA in four appearances, with just five walks and 24 strikeouts spanning 21.2 innings of action. She went 2-1 with three complete games and her second save of the season.
She began the week with a complete game 11-strikeout performance against Loyola Marymount. Clermont then appeared in all three games of the CSUN series, with the Beach winning two of the three meetings.
She took the hard luck 2-1 extra inning loss in the opener, lasting 7.2 innings and allowing just six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Clermont preserved a 3-2, game two victory, shutting the door on the Matadors in the seventh.
In the rubber game, Clermont hurled a two-hit shutout for her third complete game performance of the week. She issued just one free pass and struck out seven.
Others nominated: Desiree Ybarra (Cal State Fullerton); Daphne Pofek (CSUN); Leah Munden (UC Davis); Ashley Ludlow (UC Santa Barbara); Brittany Hitchcock (Hawai‘i)