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CSUN Sweeps Softball Weekly Honors


Paving the way to a sweep of conference foe UC Riverside, CSUN teammates Tara Kliebenstein and Daphne Pofek notched the softball weekly awards.

Kliebenstein Posts Career-High

CSUN redshirt sophomore Tara Kliebenstein (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino HS) captured Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honors as she turned in a big series against conference opponent UC Riverside.

Kliebenstein batted .444 (4-for9) with a pair of runs scored and four RBI to lead the Matadors to the series sweep, in which they outscored the Highlanders 16-3.

Playing perfect defense while patrolling three different positions around the infield, it was Kliebenstein’s bat that did the damage in the 11-1 game one victory.  She smashed her second home run of the year, and added a double as part of a 3-for-4 day at the plate.  She had a career-high three hits and drove in three.

Kliebenstein delivered the game-winning RBI in the game two, 3-2 triumph and drew a walk in the series sweep clinching 2-0 finale.

CSUN has won 30 games three straight seasons, the first time in program history since 1997-99.

Others nominated: Makenna Young (Cal Poly); Darian Tautalafua (Long Beach State); Alexis Carney (UC Davis); Sierra Altmeyer (UC Santa Barbara); Breanna Ojala (Hawai‘i)

Pofek Goes 3-0 In Series Sweep

The winning pitcher in all three games of a series sweep of UC Riverside, CSUN junior Daphne Pofek (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King HS) collected the Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week nod.

Pofek threw all 21 innings with three straight complete games, posting a 1.00 ERA with just three runs and 14 hits allowed.  She struck out nine total over the three contests.

Her best effort came in the series finale, a gem in which she hurled a five-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory.  Pofek allowed just one run on four hits in the opener and two runs on five hits in game two.

The Highlanders managed just a .197 batting average for the series.  Pofek has recorded at least two victories in four straight Big West series, helping lift CSUN to series wins over Hawai‘i, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly and UC Riverside.

Others nominated: Lindsey Chalmers (Cal Poly); Christina Clermont (Long Beach State); Justine Vela (UC Davis); Brittany Hitchcock (Hawai‘i)