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Conference Play Set To Begin This Weekend For Big West Softball

Files associated with this release:
2013 SFT Release-7.pdf

3/20/2013

Conference play kicks off this weekend as the nine-team league embarks on a 24-game schedule for the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

• Hawai’i, which is currently ranked No. 20 in the NFCA/USA Today poll and No. 23 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, was chosen as the preseason favorite for the Big West title. The Rainbow Wahine collected four first-place votes and 76 points to edge out defending champion Long Beach State for the top spot.  The 49ers also garnered four first-place nods and had 73 points overall to complete the tight voting at the top.

• The Big West performed admirably during the bulk of non-conference play, resulting in six clubs with .500 or better records. The league went 139-122 against non-conference foes, have seven wins against Pac-12 schools and have won 10 games against ranked opposition. A year ago, the Conference went 101-154 in non-league games, won just two games against the Pac-12 and had only six wins against ranked foes.

• Kaia Parnaby had a week to remember for Hawai’i, one that ended with a slew of weekly honors. Parnaby went 6-1 with a 0.41 ERA, 76 strikeouts, six walks and allowed just 22 hits in 51.0 innings. Parnaby had three games of 11+ K’s, including a program-record 17 over an eight-inning relief stint in a win against Syracuse. Parnaby’s efforts were recogized both locally and nationally as she earned MVP honors at the UH-hosted Chevron Spring Fling Tournament, Big West Pitcher of the Week accolades and national player of the week honors from College Sports Madness (pitcher) and USA Softball.

• Nalani St. Germain broke out of her offensive slump in a big way during a seven-game week. St. Germain batted .522 (12-23) with two homers, six RBI and seven runs scored. The hot week raised St. Germain’s average to .358 and doubled her home run total for the season.

• UC Riverside is one of the elite teams in the country on the basepaths, ranking 17th in the country with 2.03 steals per game. It’s been a team effort for the Highlanders when it comes to base thefts, as they own three players in the top four in stolen bases on the Big West leaderboard.

• Pacific has played its usual steady brand of defense with a league-low 20 errors and a Big West high .974 fielding percentage. The Tigers (21st) and Cal State Fullerton (37th) are the only clubs in the Big West to rank in the top 40 nationally in fielding percentage.

• 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 this week for weekly event schedules.

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