Hawai'i and Pacific Grab Early Lead In Softball Standings Going Into Week 2
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The second weekend of conference play has the early leaders Hawai’i (3-0) and Pacific (3-0) at home attempting to build on their fast starts. UC Davis also plays its Big West opener as the Aggies hit the road to play the Wahine.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
• The start of conference play came at a great time for Pacific, which was struggling in non-conference play in March. The Tigers were only 3-14 in the month before the start of league play, following a 10-4 record in the month of February. Pacific put its previous struggles behind it as it swept its Big West opening series against UC Riverside, outscoring the Highlanders 18-7.
• Cal State Fullerton has had an interesting offensive tendency this season, one that you may miss if you don’t look hard. Whenever the Titans have scored 10 more or more runs in a two-game stretch, the following game has seen little to no offense. For example, in early March, CSF scored 14 runs combined against Indiana and Wisconsin, then managed just a single run against Stanford. A week later, the Titans managed 15 runs after facing Charleston Southern and Idaho State but then were shutout against Utah. It happened again in CSF’s league opener against UC Santa Barbara as the club scored 12 runs over games one and two, then managed a three-spot in the finale.
• UC Santa Barbara is off to a 20-11 record and sophomore star Shelby Wisdom has led the team there. Wisdom is batting .320 with four homers, 28 RBI, eight doubles and a .540 slugging percentage. She’s also the top pitcher for the team with an 11-8 record, a 2.39 ERA, one shutouts, four complete games and 93 strikeouts in 108.1 innings. Don’t expect Wisdom to make too many errors in the field either as she has one error in 37 chances.
• Hawai’i’s Kaia Parnaby may get the pitching headlines, but UC Davis sophomore Justine Vela has been just as impressive in the circle. Vela, the defending Big West Pitcher of the Year, is second in the league in earned run average (1.92), tops in opposing batting average (.173), fourth in strikeouts (96), tied for fifth in wins (8) and eighth in innings pitched (83.2), while appearing in only 15 games.
• Kelly Majam of Hawai’i has been the league’s most frequent home run hitter with 10 long bombs, the only hitter in the Big West to have double-digit homers. She currently ranks 24th in the country in the category.
• Cal State Northridge senior catcher Mikayla Thielges has been a force for the Matadors at and behind the plate. She is batting a team-high .356 with six home runs, 19 RBI, 11 doubles, 19 runs scored and 17 walks, while slugging .678 and posting a .508 on-base percentage. Defensively, Thielges has not committed an error in 165 chances, thrown out 10 of 29 would-be base stealers and allowed just two passed balls.
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