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Cal State Fullerton Hosts Judi Garman Classic To Headline Softball Slate

3/6/2014

Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 5

One of the most prestigious midseason tournaments in the country is on the softball schedule this week as Cal State Fullerton hosts the 2014 Judi Garman Classic. The tourney attracts some of the top softball teams in the country to the Titans' softball facilities and runs from Thursday-Sunday.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

CAL POLY
Hyland Impresses: Last week Cal Poly freshman Sierra Hyland swept the Big West weekly awards. The last time a player had accomplished the feat was former UC Davis star Alex Holmes on March 15, 2011.

CAL STATE FULLERTON
Rain Wins The Day: Cal State Fullerton had four of its five games washed out at the Mayfair Invitational, the lone game being a 5-2 loss to Oregon State. The weather outlook is much brighter for the Titans’ Judi Garman Classic this weekend, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country.

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
What’s An Extra Day: After playing its first 15 games on the road, Cal State Northridge was scheduled to play its first home games of the season on March 1. The games were pushed to March 2 because of rain, but that didn’t dampen CSUN’s mood as the club won both games.

LONG BEACH STATE
Maximum Results: Senior Ashlynn Booker has eight hits this season, six of which have gone for extra bases. Booker has three doubles and three home runs, powering a .667 slugging percentage so far this season.

UC DAVIS
Hit Squad: UC Davis is second in the Big West in hits (147) and has two players in the top three in hits. Christa Castello is second with 25, while teammate Kelly Zboralske is right behind her in third with 24 base knocks.

UC RIVERSIDE
Expect A Tight Game: UC Riverside has has seven one-run games so far this season, going 4-3 in those contests. The Highlanders have had three consecutive games and four of their last five decided by one run.

UC SANTA BARBARA
Among The Best: UC Santa Barbara owns the league’s best record by winning percentage with a .689 (11-5) mark. The Gauchos’ 11 wins are third in the league, following Cal State Fullerton (13) and Long Beach State (12).

HAWAI‘I
Familiar Foe: Hawai‘i’s Jack in the Box Spring Fling Tournament has a familiar face in the field as Pacific will compete. The Rainbow Wahine have fond memories of the last time they played the Tigers, a three-game sweep in Stockton last year that clinched the Big West title for UH.

EXTRA BASES

Jones-Wesley Maintains Record Pace: Right-handed pitcher Erin Jones-Wesley enters her senior season at Long Beach State with an opportunity to set a couple of school records as well as enter the Big West career top 10.  The three-time All-Big West First Team selection has collected three consecutive 20-win seasons and has garnered 70 victories in the yellow and black.  In addition to potentially becoming just the seventh player in conference history to capture first-team all-conference acclaim four times, Jones-Wesley is in line to break 49er career records for wins and strikeouts.  Meredith Cervenka (2002-05) owns both marks with 78 wins and 634 strikeouts.  Jones-Wesley is No. 3 in LBSU annals with 593 strikeouts.  She is also 10th in league wins all-time and is tied for tops in Big West history with 14 Pitcher of the Week honors.

Titans Host Field With Star Power: Cal State Fullerton once again welcomes some of the finest collegiate softball teams in the country for the Judi Garman Classic. Named after the former Titan Hall of Fame Head Softball Coach and widely regarded as the premiere mid-season collegiate tournament in the country, this year’s edition of the Garman will be held at the dual diamond Titan Softball Complex on Thursday, March 6, to Sunday, March 9. The field will include the homestanding Titans, conference foe Long Beach State, Arizona State, Michigan, Washington and Texas among others.

Linn-Sentational: Cal State Northridge junior Abby Linn has been a top offensive weapon for the club. She ranked 14th in the Big West in batting (.362), second in triples (2), ninth in hits (21) and has struck out only six times in 60 plate appearances. Linn also leads the club with seven multi-hit games, three of which have been three-hit outings.

Stealing And Not Getting Caught: UC Santa Barbara freshman Kristen Clark is second in the Big West in stolen bases with 11, one of two players in the league with double digit steals. What sets Clark apart is that she has yet to be caught, the only player in the league with double digit steals and no caught stealings.

It’s Lonely At The Top: UC Riverside senior Dionne Anderson is in a league all her own with her stats this season. Anderson is the only player in the league batting over .400 (.438), have an on-base percentage (.603) and slugging percentage (.604) over .600.