Tautalafua, Misfeldt Produce Historic Results
A record-breaking performance and a first-time sweep of a conference opponent led to softball weekly accolades for Darian Tautalafua and Tayler Misfeldt.
Tautalafua Breaks Big West Home Runs Record
Long Beach State slugging third baseman Darian Tautalafua (Carson, Calif./Carson HS) erased a 14-year old conference record with four home runs in a series victory over UC Davis, capturing Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honors for the fourth time in her career.
Tautalafua had a monster day at the plate in Sunday’s doubleheader at UC Davis. She roped four home runs, two in each game, to help the Beach to 7-5 and 3-0 victories. The four bombs increased her career total to 49, giving her the Big West career home runs record that had stood since 2002. Cal State Fullerton’s Yasmin Mossadeghi was the previous record holder with 47.
The senior had the game-winning RBIs in both wins, as she finished the series with four runs scored and seven RBI. She played a role in all 11 runs LBSU scored over the three games.
Tautalafua belted a two-run homer in the first inning and came back with a two-run game-winning bomb in the seventh to lift the Beach to the 7-5 victory. In the next game, she uncorked a pair of solo shots, with her two-out homer in the fourth providing all the scoring LBSU would need. Tautalafua finished the doubleheader 5-for-7 with four runs scored, a double, four home runs and seven RBIs.
For the week, she hit .556 (5-for-9) with a 2.000 slugging percentage.
Others nominated: Mackenzie Babbitt (CSUN); Maddie Richard (UC Riverside); Kristen Clark (UC Santa Barbara); Keiki Carlos (Hawai‘i)
Misfeldt Leads Highlanders To Historic Sweep
Posting a 3-0 record with a 1.37 ERA, UC Riverside sophomore Tayler Misfeldt (Tracy, Calif./Tracy HS) earned Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week accolades as she guided the Highlanders to their first series sweep of UC Santa Barbara in school history.
The Highlanders were 6-36 all-time against the Gauchos before Misfeldt’s impressive series in the circle.
She tossed a complete game six-hit shutout in the opener, allowing two walks and striking out three in the 4-0 victory.
In game two, the Highlanders overcame a 6-0 deficit with seven runs over the final four innings. Misfeldt picked up the win in relief, extinguishing a UCSB threat in the seventh with a runner on third and two outs. Misfeldt got Jacqueline Hinojosa to pop up to prevent any damage and set up a heroic two-run seventh inning for the Highlanders.
Misfeldt returned to a starting role in the series finale and threw all eight innings of a 4-3 win. She allowed eight hits and three runs with two walks and four strikeouts.
For the week, she allowed just three runs in 15.1 innings of work to go along with seven strikeouts.
Others nominated: Desiree Ybarra (Cal State Fullerton); Daphne Pofek (CSUN); Christina Clermont (Long Beach State); Brittany Hitchcock (Hawai‘i)