Pacific, Long Beach State Gain Entry To 2011 NCAA Softball Tournament
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The 2011 edition of the NCAA Softball Tournament will include two Big West programs as Pacific and Long Beach State were selected to participate in the chase for the national championship.
The Tigers (37-17, 16-5 Big West) are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 and the ninth time overall. The club is an automatic qualifier after winning the Big West regular season championship for the first time in school history. Pacific's postseason path begins in the Stanford Regional against #15 seed Stanford. The other two clubs in that regional are Fresno State and Nebraska with play set to begin Friday.
Pacific is one of the top offensive teams in the country, batting .327 as a team and scoring 294 runs in 54 games. Kelsey Rodriguez (.392), Megan Hom (.377) and Nikki Armagost (.374) lead the team offensively, while Nicole Matson (.329, 10 HR, 49 RBI) and Armagost (45 RBI) are the primary run producers. In the circle, Armagost is the squad's ace with a 19-9 record, 2.54 ERA, four shutouts, 18 complete games and 133 strikeouts in 184.1 innings. Freshman Tori Shepard has also been stellar in her rookie season, going 14-8 with a 3.08 ERA, 13 complete games, three shutouts and 84 strikeouts in 132.0 innings.
The 49ers (37-16, 15-6 Big West) are making their 20th showing in the NCAA Tournament and the third postseason showing in five years under head coach Kim Sowder. LBSU will be playing in the Tempe Regional against San Diego State Friday. Joining the two squads are North Dakota State and the #1 overall seed Arizona State.
LBSU is a solid offensive team with a .282 batting average, 27 home runs and 215 runs scored. The club is led by Nalani St. Germain's offensive prowess as she is batting .320 with eight homers, 29 RBI and a perfect 12-for-12 in steals. Hannah De Gaetano and Sarah Carrasco both have a .328 average, while senior Liz Javier has had a solid offensive season with a .325 batting average, two homers and 25 RBI. In the circle, Long Beach State has been stellar with a 2.09 team ERA. The team is led by freshman Erin Jones-Wesley who is 22-6 with 18 complete games, 11 shutouts, 163 strikeouts and just 48 runs allowed in 183.2 innings. The club also had depth in veterans Taylor Petty (6-4, 2.34 ERA, 4 sv) and Brooke Turner (9-6, 3.18 ERA, 93 K).