Long Beach State Visits Cal Poly in First Place Battle
Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 10
Two of the three first place clubs will face off in San Luis Obispo this weekend as Long Beach State and Cal Poly hit the diamond. Fellow first place club CSUN will also be in the Central Coast as the Matadors take on UC Santa Barbara who is only a game behind the leaders.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
UC Santa Barbara sophomore Sierra Altmeyer has followed up a successful freshman season with an impressive encore. Altmeyer is batting .392 with 9 homers and 27 RBI, ranking second in hitting and home runs, while tying for sixth on the Big West leaderboard. She has already surpassed her homer total from a year ago and is just five hits, four doubles and 15 RBI from passing those totals as well. The second-year infielder is also batting close to batting 100 points better than in her freshman campaign and already has more total bases (86 to 87).
Although senior Taylor Glover gets top billing in the CSUN lineup, the rest of the unit has helped form the club into the top offensive unit in the Big West. The Matadors are tops in the league in runs (191), runs per game (5.46), batting average (.300), slugging percentage (.505), triples (11), home runs (39), RBI (176) and extra-base hits (96).
RAINBOW HOMER BINGE
Hawai’i entered conference play with 25 home runs, but the ‘Bows have been on a binge of roundtrippers since. UH has nine home runs in just six conference games, having gone yard in five of those contests. The club has three multi-homer games including a three-homer contest in the series opener against CSUN. The recent hot streak has upped their season total to 34 and the team also ranks 35th in the country in home runs per game (0.92).
KIBBY TAKING OVER
UC Davis freshman Katie Kibby has emerged as the ace of the Aggie staff with a 10-6 record and 2.70 ERA. In conference play, Kibby has started three of UCD’s six games, going the distance in each and recording a 2-1 record to go along with a 2.80 ERA in 20.0 innings. Her last outing has been the best to date as she went the distance against Long Beach State, allowing just one hit in the win.
ANOTHER 20 FOR UCR
UC Riverside’s win over UC Santa Barbara last week gave the Highlanders their 20th win of the season, extending the program’s string of consecutive 20-win seasons to six. Prior to this run, UCR had recorded two 20-win seasons since its first season in the Big West in 2002.
100 FOR COACH BRIE
Last weekend’s series win over UC Riverside gave UC Santa Barbara head coach Brie Galicinao her 100th conference victory. She is the 13th coach in Big West history to earn triple digits wins against conference opponents.
HYLAND NAMED FINALIST FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cal Poly senior pitcher Sierra Hyland was named among the 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honor. Prior to the start of post-season play, the list will be narrowed to the Top 10 Finalists on May 10. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 24, while the winner of the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 30 prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City.
SOFTBALL READY FOR ITS CLOSE UP
Several softball series have been selected a national audience across ESPN platforms. Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State will play the final game of their rivalry set on ESPNU, a matchup scheduled for 3 pm on Sunday, April 30.
Softball will also make three appearances on ESPN3. First will be the series between Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton April 8-9. UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State will then have the honors for their series April 22-23. CSUN and CSF will then wrap up the scheduled E3 softball package with their doubleheader on May 6.
545 - Combined hits by UCSB's Kristen Clark and CSUN's Taylor Glover. They are fourth and fifth in Big West history
10 - Strikeouts needed by Cal Poly's Sierra Hyland to reach 900 for her career
6 - Consecutive weeks a Big West team has either been ranked or received votes in a national poll
129 - Walks by UC Riverside's lineup, 30 more than the next-best team in the Big West
1 - True road games played by Long Beach State entering the series against Cal Poly
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