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Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 5
This week's softball schedule features six tournaments on the agenda with four of them coming in Big West venues. Cal Poly, Long Beach State, UC Riverside and Hawai'i will feature multiple games in their home stadiums against quality non-conference opposition.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
LOPEZ SCORES...AND SCORES...AND SCORES
Hawai’is Nicole Lopez has made it a habit to get on base and come around to score. Lopez is fifth in the Big West in on-base percentage (.483) and leads the league with 23 runs scored in only 16 games. Lopez isn’t just slap hitting her way on as she is second in the league with an .855 slugging percentage, having recorded 12 extra-base hits (7 2B, 5 HR) among her 25 knocks.
AGGIES RIDING HIGH IN THE CIRCLE
UC Davis’ league-best 13-4 record can be traced back to an impressive pitching staff. The Aggies lead the league with a 2.35 ERA and have only allowed 98 hits and 42 walks in 113.0 innings. The staff also has shown it can blow hitters away with 101 strikeouts, a 6.26 strikeouts per seven innings clip. Sophomore Brook Yanez has been the breakout star in the circle, going 9-1 with a 1.38 ERA, 80 strikeouts and just 13 runs allowed in 56.0 innings.
MASH MASH MASH
Two teams have made it a habit of hitting the ball out of the yard better than any other team so far. Cal State Fullerton and Hawai’i have each hit 22 home runs, with the slight edge going to the ‘Bows since they’ve recorded that number in three less games.
HOME IS WHERE WE BAT SECOND
Cal Poly have been the true road warriors this season as the club has played its first 17 straight games in a road/neutral environment. Luckily the streak will end there as the Mustangs play in front of their home fans (weather permitting) in the ShareSLO Mustang Classic. Cal Poly is scheduled to play Iowa State and Utah State over the weekend. The home cookin’ won’t last too long however as the team will be back on the road for the next 10 games including the Big West opener at UC Riverside.
Cal State Fullerton finished a soggy Judi Garman Classic with a bang in the form of a dominant 19-1 win over New Mexico. The biggest bat came in the form of Daisy Munoz, a freshman that went 2-2 with two homers and seven RBI with both homers coming in the third inning. Her two homers were a single game high and matched her total coming into the game. She also surpassed her season RBI total of three with her big flies.
FRY IS COOKIN
Long Beach State infielder Nichole Fry missed the first seven games of the year due to injury but she’s been a hot bat at the plate since her return. The senior is batting .314 with four homers, 11 RBI and eight runs scored. Fry, who earned first team All-Big West honors a year ago, is also slugging .686 and owns a .368 on-base percentage.