CSUN Looks To Continue Successful Start
Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 2
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Serious In The Circle: In the first weekend of play, the Mustangs went 3-2 at the Kajikawa Classic led by a dominating performance in the circle from sophomore Sierra Hyland. In the final matchup of the tournament, the righthander hurled a one-hit complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts to bring her to a 17-strikeout season total in just the first week of competition.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Three Left Turns: Cal State Fullerton brings in a No. 25 national ranking after opening the 2015 season going 4-1 at the SoCal Collegiate Challenge, dropping its only game to No. 19 Notre Dame. Junior Missy Taukeiaho has now gone yard in consecutive games while leading off the game with a hit in three-straight contests. Taukeiaho was also named the College Sports Madness Big West player of the week after leading the conference with a .563 BA, nine hits and a .632 OBP.
CSUN Definitely Shining: For the first time in years, CSUN is receiving votes in both the ESPN/USA Softball Poll and the USA Today/NFCA Poll. The Matadors opened their 2015 campaign with a 4-1 record, their best in six years, at the Kajikawa Classic. At 4-1, CSUN is off to its best start since the 2005 season.
LONG BEACH STATE
Fresh 49ers Fit Right In: Long Beach State hits the road for the first time this season after opening its campaign with a 3-2 mark as host of the SoCal Collegiate Classic. The Beach takes to Las Vegas, Nev. where it will take on Big 10 and Mountain West opponents. The Beach looks to its fresh 49ers who had a big start to their careers in the black and gold in week one. Christina Clermont posted a 1-0 record with 13.2 innings and seven strikeouts while on the offensive side of things, Haley Tobler smacked two doubles going 5-for-16 on the week.
Aggies Get Aggressive: UC Davis snapped a four-game losing streak versus Pacific when the Aggies recorded a 10-1 win versus the Tigers while starting pitcher Leah Munden gave up just four hits in the first home contest of the season. The Aggies head to this weekend’s Fresno State Tournament with a 2-4 overall record.
Highlanders With The Hot Bats: UC Riverside had hot bats over the first weekend of competition plating a total of 18 runs. Led by Haley Harris who hit for a .438 average with seven hits a triple and three RBI.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Clutch Up: Thanks to late-game heroics, UC Santa Barbara went a perfect 2-0 on the second day of the Kajikawa Classic versus Ole Miss and UTEP. With a 2-3 overall mark, the Gauchos will make their home debut at the Gaucho Classic this weekend.
Championship State of Mind: Hawai‘i made its first appearance in a tournament championship game in the first weekend of play versus No. 4 Oklahoma and will make their anual trip to the Desert Classic this weekend.
Bows Leave Impression: After appearing in the title game at the Oceanic Tme Warner Cable Paradise Classic, Rainbow Wahine Kayla Wartner and Kanani Aina Cabrales were named to the All-Tournament Team. Wartner hit .300 on the weekend after driving in two runs on three hits and a double. Cabrales recorded a 2.39 ERA for a 2-0 record over the weekend. The pitcher threw 14.2 innings, holding opposing teams to a .231 average.