Two Week Countdown To League Play As Softball Clubs Wind Down Tournaments
Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 6
The countdown towards conference play hits two weeks as clubs continue preparations in tournament play against tough opposition. CSUN, UC Davis and Hawai'i host tournaments this week as the week is chock full of intriguing matchups.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
A loss to Northern Colorado snapped UC Santa Barbara’s eight game win streak. The string of wins was the longest for the program since a run of nine in a row back in the 2011 season.
MOVIN ON UP
Cal Poly senior pitcher Sierra Hyland moved up on two lists this past week. Hyland picked up 31 strikeouts last week, moving her up to second on the Big West career chart with 806 whiffs. She is jsut 41 strikeouts shy of becoming the career leader in Ks. Hyland also picked up her 14th career Pitcher of the Week accolade, tying her for second all-time in the Big West ranks.
GOOD LUCK TRYING
The Big West has two of the toughest players to strikeout in the NCAA. Cal State Fullerton junior Samantha Vandiver strikes out once every 72 at-bats, while UC Santa Barbara senior Jaqueline Hinojosa strikes out once every 63 at-bats. Those numbers are 17th and 23rd in the nation, respectively.
RESUMING THE BATTLE
A year ago, Madeline Richard of UC Riverside and Brianna Warner of UC Davis waged a back and forth battle for the league lead in stolen bases. Richard won the battle of the basepaths with 38 steals compared to Warner’s 37. This season the two of them are at it again as they are tied for the league lead in thefts with 13 apiece. They have also both been caught twice on steal attempts this season.
25 games into the season and Cal Poly sophomore catcher Makenna Young is still perfect in the field. Young sports a 1.000 fielding percentage and has caught 4-of-12 runners stealing. She has also only allowed two pass balls and has registered 14 assists among her 213 chances.
THE YOUNG ACE IN THE I.E.
Sophomore pitcher Anessa Cepeda has been stellar in the circle for UC Riverside. She is 6-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 11 appearances, with only two of them coming in a starting role. She has allowed just 26 hits, five runs (all earned) and walked 11 in 32.1 innings of work.
SWEET BAT MUSIK
Hawai’i sophomore utility Sarah Musik has made some sweet sounding contact at the plate this season. Musik is fourth in the Big West in batting (.390) and tied for fourth in hits (40) in 25 games. A year ago, Musik hit .284 and collected 50 hits in 54 games.
THREE CANDIDATES FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Three Big West softball players are among the 30 student-athletes selected as candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS award it was announced. CSUN has two of the candidates as Taylor Glover and Daphne Pofek garnered acclaim. The other selection is Christina Clermont of Long Beach State. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
TAYLOR, HYLAND NAMED TO POY WATCHLIST
The top 50 “Watch List” for the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year was announced and two Big West players were included in the list for the prestigious honor.
The senior duo of CSUN’s Taylor Glover and Cal Poly’s Sierra Hyland garnered mention, kickstarting a process that will culiminate in the Player of the Year announcement in late May.
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