Final Weekend of Tournament Play This Week As Conference Play Looms
Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 7
The final week of non-conference tournament play highlights the softball schedule, setting the stage for conference play to begin next week.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
One Hit Wonder: Freshman pitcher Sierra Hyland recorded her fourth one-hitter of the season in the 1-0 win over New Mexico State. Despite the near misses, Hyland has a no-hitter to her credit this season, a dominating performance against Maryland on February 22.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
10 More To Go: Cal State Fullerton is only 10 wins from equaling its win total (28) from last season. The Titans have 21 league games and four more non-conference games to surpass the 2013 total.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Running The Non-League Gauntlet: Cal State Northridge’s 17-9 record against non-conference foes is its best since 2009. That year, the Matadors finished 20-9 against their non-conference slate.
LONG BEACH STATE
They’re Up To 31: Long Beach State reached the 20-win mark for the 31st consecutive season, the longest active streak in the Big West. The 49ers also have never finished below 24 wins under current coach Kim Sowder or former great Pete Manarino, and have never finished under .500 under Sowder during her seven-year tenure.
17 Is Enough: UC Davis wrapped up its 17-game road swing with a 1-0 win over Nevada, the first true road win for the Aggies this season. UCD will take a break for finals then return to LaRue Field for the first time in five weeks on March 26 for a doubledip against Saint Mary’s.
Can’t Stop The Steals: Senior Dionne Anderson set a UCR Division I record with her 27th steal last week, breaking the record that former Highlander set last season. Anderson is third in the nation in steals per game (1.07) and leads the nation in steals (30).
UC SANTA BARBARA
Blazing Start: UC Santa Barbara is off its its best start in program history at 18-6. The Gauchos have lost back-to-back games on just one occasion this season.
Hit The Road ‘Bows: Hawai‘i’ will be on the mainland for its next five games, three of which are its conference opener. After a pair of games in Los Angeles against UMKC and Loyola Marymount, UH opens Big West play against UC Riverside in the Inland Empire.
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 75 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. 2 in LBSU annals with 630 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.
More On Steals: As aforementioned, UC Riverside senior Dionne Anderson has 30 steals in 32 attempts this season. Anderson has more steals than all but two other schools in the Big West and set the single season program swipes mark in just 28 games.
All Offense, All The Time: Long Beach State leads the Big West in batting (.324), on base percentage (.393), slugging (.503), RBI (139) and hits (242). The club also shows a good eye at the dish with 70 walks and a league-low 81 strikeouts.
Hyland The Stud: Cal Poly freshman pitcher Sierra Hyland has been a star in the circle for the resurgent Mustangs. Hyland is tops in the league in wins (13), complete games (15), innings pitched (123.0), shutouts (6), strikeouts (140), ERA (1.93) and batting average against (.174).
Titan-ic Offense: After scoring 10 or more runs in only one of its first 25 games, Cal State Fullerton has scored double-digit runs in three of its last four contests.