UCSB DELIVERS AGAINST THE ’BOWS
With the conference tournament just two weeks away, UC Santa Barbara recorded a key win over defending tourney champion in Hawai‘i. The Gauchos delivered the Rainbow Wahine their first loss in league action this season in a 7-5 finish at home. UCSB has now defeated the ’Bows in the pool that will be home to postseason action from April 29-May 1. With the win, Long Beach State owns sole possession of first place in the Big West standings. The Beach will battle UH this Saturday on the island with crucial points on the line that will determine tournament seeding.
LONG BEACH LOOKS TO MAKE HISTORY
While Long Beach State boasts a perfect mark in league, for the first time through its first two games in program history, the Beach looks to claim its first-ever Big West regular seson title in the sport’s eight-year existence within the conference. UC Irvine is the only team to have finished the regular season with a perfect mark in Big West play (2011, 2012, 2014). Three league matches remain for the 49ers.