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Three Big West Clubs Set To Host Softball Tournaments This Weekend

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2/27/2013

Cal State Fullerton’s DeMarini Invitational headlines a weekend full of tournament play for Big West clubs. UC Santa Barbara and Pacific will also host non-conference tourneys at their home fields this weekend, as the second month of the softball season gets underway.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

• Cal State Fullerton has had quite the past few days. First the Titans split a twinbill against #7 Missouri last Saturday, then backed that up with a resounding 11-5 road win against UCLA Tuesday. The 11 runs is the most CSF has scored in the 73-game history against the Bruins, topping the previous high of seven runs on April 25, 1989. Desiree Ybarra led the power surge against UCLA, going 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI, while Eliza Crawford went 3-for-4 with three RBI.

• Cal Poly’s Chloe Wurst had a stellar run in the circle at the Cathedral City Classic. Wurst led off her time at the tourney with a complete game shutout in the 1-0 win over #13 Georgia. Then after a cameo appearance against Ohio State, Wurst went the distance in a 2-1 loss to Oregon, allowing five hits, two runs and striking out a career-high tying seven. She wrapped up the tournament with a six-inning, four-hit, five strikeout performance in the 1-1 tie against Utah.

• UC Davis’ Justine Vela is showing no signs of a sophomore slump thanks to a quick start to the 2013 season. Vela is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 43.2 innings of work. She’s added 40 strikeouts, allowed opposing batters to hit just .212 and was most recently named to the All-Tournament team at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

• UC Santa Barbara has their own stellar sophomore in Shelby Wisdom, one of the top two-way players in the Big West. Wisdom is hitting .292 with a home run, nine RBI and four doubles in 14 games. She also makes her mark in the circle with a 7-4 record, a 2.85 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 51.2 innings.

• Pacific has streaked to a league-best 10-4 record, thanks in large part to a relentless offense. The Tigers lead the league in batting average (.304), runs (83), hits (112), RBI (73) and on-base percentage (.389). Pacific is also putting up these numbers while striking out the fewest times in the league (40).

• Long Beach State’s Nalani St. Germain is one of the feared power hitters in the Big West, but has endured a slow start to the 2013 season. She is hitting just .250 with no homers and two RBI. Coming into the season, St. Germain is a lifetime .266 hitter with 20 homers and 84 RBI. She still remains nine roundtrippers shy of setting a new 49er program record.

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