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Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge Doubleheader To Be Televised By ESPNU

4/17/2013

Softball Weekly Release No. 11

The Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge softball doubleheader will be televised nationally by ESPNU Wednesday from the 49er Softball Complex.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

• Hawai’i maintained its grip on first place in the Big West, knocking off Cal State Fullerton for its fourth straight conference series victory.  However, the Rainbow Wahine saw their 13-game win streak halted as the Titans tied a season-high for runs in a mercy-rule 11-3 victory on Sunday.  UH, which entered that game 11-0 in Big West play, suffered their first conference loss and fell via the mercy rule for just the second time this season.alt

• Pacific took two of three games from Long Beach State in a key series between two teams tied for second place entering the week.  The Tigers now hold sole possession of second place by one-half game over the 49ers, and trail UH by two games.  Pacific has an important week ahead in an attempt to keep pace with four straight road games.  The Tigers finish up a conference series with UC Davis in a single game Wednesday before traveling to southern California for a tussle against Cal State Northridge.

• ESPNU will televise a doubleheader between Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge, starting at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday from the 49er Softball Complex.  The 49ers have won 10 consecutive series against the Matadors, and need one win in the twinbill to make it 11.  LBSU took game one of the series last Wednesday as Amanda Hansen tossed a five-hit shutout in a 1-0 triumph.

• Solid pitching propelled UC Santa Barbara to four wins in five games last week as the offense mustered a total of just six runs.  The Gauchos won three games by 1-0 scores – all shutouts by freshman and Big West Pitcher of the Week Alex Pingree.  The Gauchos reside all alone in fourth place at 6-5 in league play.

• Cal Poly ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory at Cal State Northridge Sunday, handing head coach Jenny Condon her 100th career Big West win in the process.  Condon became the 10th individual in Big West history to rack up 100 conference victories.

• Hawai’i senior hurler Kaia Parnaby improved to 31-4 overall with Tuesday’s win against Cal State Bakersfield.  One of only 10 pitchers in Big West history to win 30 games in a season, Parnaby is now tied for fifth in conference single-season annals for victories.  She has a legitimate chance of breaking the all-time mark of 35 wins, set by Rhonda Wheatley of Cal Poly Pomona in 1987.  The southpaw is also now No. 7 in Big West single-season history for strikeouts with 271, needing just six more to move into the top five.

• UH senior Kelly Majam has hit a league-best 15 home runs this season, a total that ties her for fourth-most in Big West history.

• 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.