Tournament Action Continues For Big West Softball
Big West Weekly Release No. 4
AT A GLANCE
UC DAVIS DOMINATES AT INVITATIONAL
UC Davis is coming off a 5-1 weekend at its own Aggie Invitational, carrying an 11-3 overall record into this weekend’s San Diego Classic co-hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State.
The Aggies open tournament play on Friday (March 1) at 11:30 a.m. against Boise State, with a contest against Weber State to follow at 2 p.m. Games against BYU and the co-host Toreros on Saturday (March 2), as well as a head-to-head clash with the co-host Aztecs on Sunday (March 3), round out the weekend.
In the circle, UC Davis leads the Big West in batting average against (.221) and ERA (2.33). Offensively, the Aggies lead the conference with six triples.
TITANS RECEIVE VOTES IN NATIONAL POLL
For the third week this season, Cal State Fullerton is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Softball national poll. The Titans received votes in as many weeks a season ago en route to the 2018 Big West crown.
CSF went 2-3 over the weekend at the Mary Nutter Classic. The Titans host the Judi Garman Classic March 1-3 at Anderson Family Field.
WREN (LBSU), AN RBI MACHINE
Long Beach State senior utility Jamie Wren has recorded 20 RBI on the year. The 20 runs batted in are tied for 15th-most in the NCAA. The senior has already almost matched her total from a year ago (23) in just 14 games and 49 at bats. The senior smashed her second grand slam on the year off of California, Sunday.
The Big West record for RBI in a single season is 59 set by Cal State Fullerton’s Jenny Topping in 2001.
HAWAI‘I FINDS SUCCESS AT HOME
Hawai‘i went 5-2 over the weekend at the Hawai‘i Invitational and moves to 12-4 on the year. Junior Nicole Lopez leads the Big West with a .455 average and has tallied five home runs, 13 RBI, 23 runs and 2 stolen bases on the year. The infielder hit .522 over the weekend, going 12-for-23 at the plate for UH. She led the Rainbow Wahine in hits, doubles (3), home runs (4), runs scored (10) and stolen bases (3).
Lopez’s 47 total bases on the year are tied for 4th-most in the NCAA while her 1.44 runs per game are tied for 8th-best in the nation.
Hawai’i now has nine days off before starting a span of hosting 11-straight days of softball games. The next tourney up is the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling tournament which runs from March 6-9 at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.