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Long Beach State, Pacific Continue Hunt For League Leaders

4/9/2013

Softball Weekly Release No. 10

Long Beach State and Pacific, tied for second place and two games behind Big West leader Hawai’i in the softball standings, are pitted against one another this week in a key conference series.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

• Hawai’i outscored UC Riverside 36-3 to sweep the Highlanders last weekend and improve to 9-0 in Big West play.  The Rainbow Wahine have won 11 straight games as they embark on a season-high seven-game roadtrip this week, commencing with a Big West series against Cal State Fullerton.  UH is now No. 16 in the USA Today/NFCA rankings.

• Long Beach State and Pacific trail the Rainbow Wahine by two games in the Big West standings with identical alt7-2 league records.  The Tigers have a busy week ahead of them, which culminates this weekend in an important home series against the 49ers.  Prior to that showdown, both clubs have business to handle on Wednesday as LBSU hosts Cal State Northridge and Pacific travels to UC Davis for a doubleheader.

• UH head coach Bob Coolen reached a career milestone when the ‘Bows swept the doubleheader against UCR Saturday.   He captured wins No. 900 and No. 901 and finished out the weekend with a career mark of 901-555-1.  Coolen, in his 22nd season at the UH helm, is 829-461-1 all-time at the school.  He won his 800th game at UH earlier this season on opening day.

• Cal Poly head coach Jenny Condon moved closer to a career milestone when the Mustangs took one of three games against Pacific last week.  Her career record in Big West games moved to 99-62 (.615) as a result.  Condon could pick up Big West win No. 100 as soon as Wednesday when the Mustangs host arch rival UC Santa Barbara in a doubleheader.  The Mustangs also travel to Cal State Northridge this weekend for a conference series.  Condon seeks to become the 10th coach in history to accumulate 100 Big West wins.

• The record watch has begun for Hawai’i senior hurler Kaia Parnaby.  The southpaw, who leads the nation with 28 wins and ranks second with 265 strikeouts, is in legitimate contention to break Big West single-season records in both categories.  Parnaby is one win shy of moving into a tie for No. 10 on that list, and is within range of the all-time mark of 35 wins, set by Rhonda Wheatley of Cal Poly Pomona in 1987.  Parnaby already has dented the record book in strikeouts, with her 265 whiffs placing her at No. 7.  She is three away from sliding into the No. 6 slot, and 12 short of leaping all the way up to No. 4.  The all-time record of 309 strikeouts by Sacramento State’s Susie Bugliarello in 1997 is in sight of Parnaby, who has whiffed 10 or more batters in a game nine times this season.

• Pacific senior Nikki Armagost, who had not pitched since March 15, returned to the circle for a complete game win against Cal Poly on Sunday.  She yielded just six hits, walked none and struck out seven to help the Tigers win for the seventh time in nine games.

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