2015 Big West Softball Has Arrived
2015 Big West Softball Release No. 1
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Young Bucks: Hot on the heels of a season in which Cal Poly came just one game shy of capturing the Big West title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Mustangs head to Tempe, Ariz. for the Kajikawa Classic to open the 2015 season. CP returns the reigning Big West Pitcher of the Year in sophomore Sierra Hyland to a young squad that features only one senior, starting outfielder Emily Ceccacci, as well as juniors Betsy Colburn and Breana West.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans Get Attention: Led by junior Missy Taukeiaho, reigning Big West Player of the Year, Cal State Fullerton is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Softball Poll and the USA Today/NFCA Poll. Taukeiaho has garnered some preseason attention of her own after being named one of 50 student-athletes to the 2015 USA Collegiate Player of the Year “watch list” as announced last week. A season ago the Titans recorded the best start for the program since 2000 after jumping out to a 6-0 mark. CSF looks to come out hot for a second year in a row as it competes in the SoCal Collegiate Challenge later this week.
Arizona On Horizon For Matadors: CSUN returns 16 letterwinners, five position starters and six pitchers from the 2014 season that saw the Matadors finish 31-26 overall. CSUN will open its 2015 campaign in Tempe Ariz. at the Kajikawa Classic and will face Wisconsin, Stanford, New Mexico, Fresno State and host Arizona State.
LONG BEACH STATE
The Beach, The Best?: Picked to finish first in league, Long Beach State willl host two tournaments in the 2015 season beginning with the SoCal Collegiate Classic this weekend. The Beach will return five starters and one starting pitcher including 2013 Player of the Year and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year in Shayna Kimbrough.
Fresh Faces For Aggies: Under first-year head coach Erin Thorpe, UC Davis has 13 home games and six matchups against NCAA Tournament participants on tap for the 2015 season. The Aggies will start their season in Las Vegas at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic.
Highlanders Don’t Shy Away From Challenging Schedule: UC Riverside joins several Big West counterparts on the road at the Kajikawa Classic, hosted by Arizona State, to kickoff the 2015 season. It’s the first step of a difficult season slate that features seven matchups against 2014 NCAA Tournament teams.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Replicating Success: UC Santa Barbara opens the 2015 campaign at the Kajikawa Classic, looking to repeat its historic 2014 season where the team finished with its best winning percentage in program history (.603).
Bows Bring Heat: Hawai‘i opens its season with the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic with a team led by senior first baseman Leisha Li’ili’i who finished with a league third-best BA (.401).