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Softball Finding Success As March Schedule Beckons

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The softball campaign is off to a resounding start as four clubs are playing .600 ball or better through the first full month of play.


• Defending conference champion Long Beach State is rounding into form as the 49ers are in the midst of a league-best eight-game winning streak. All eight wins have come in neutral or road locations and the offense has scored six or more runs in six of the eight games. Darian Tautalafua was a huge presence in the last five games at the San Diego State Classic, knocking in 12 runs and batting .545 overall during the tournament.

• Cal State Northridge’s Mia Pagano was a solid prescence in the circle for the Matadors at the UNLV Tournament. She went 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. Her top performance was a win over DePaul, a complete game showing where she allowed just two runs on seven hits and struck out three. It was the Matadors’ first win over a Big East opponent since 2010.

• Erin Jones-Wesley added another highlight to her stellar Long Beach State career as she picked up her third career no-hitter in a win over Fresno State. Jones-Wesley struck out nine and threw 96 pitches over six innings of the run-ruled matchup.

• UC Santa Barbara is 14-5 so far this season, the league’s best record after a full month of play. The Gauchos’ record is the best showing for the club after 19 games since a 15-4 showing to start the 2003 season.

• Two coaches picked up their 200th overall wins as Big West managers in the last month. Long Beach State’s Kim Sowder earned #200 on February 16 against Nevada, reaching the milestone in her seventh year at the helm of the 49ers. Meanwhile, Bob Coolen earned his 200th win on February 17, but with a twist. Coolen is in his 24th season at Wahine manager but only in his sixth as a member of the Big West. In all, Coolen went 17 years between victories as a Big West member.

• UC Riverside and UC Davis have been off a running start this season on the basepaths, ranking first and second in the league in stolen bases with 34 and 31, respectively. The two teams are running like no other in the Big West, combining for 65 steals in 77 attempts. The remaining seven teams are 105 for 125 with no team having more than 17 steals and 21 attempts.

• BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West’s ten member institutions. Now in its eighth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s basketball. Also covered are select contests in men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and Big West Conference Championships. Head to thisweek for weekly event schedules.