UC Riverside Off To Hot Start
Softball Weekly Release No. 4
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
K Club: For the second week in a row Cal Poly went 2-3, this time at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City. The Mustangs recorded their fourth shutout on the year and sophomore right-handed pitcher, Sierra Hyland, recorded 33 strikeouts in four games for 87 total Ks in 2015 to lead the conference. Hyland sits in first in the category with a 22 strikeout cushion. The sophomore improved to six wins on the season, the second-best in league.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Grand Salami: Oregon State transfer Lexi Gonzalez smashed her first home run in a Cal State Fullerton uniform with a grand slam versus Nevada. The 9-1 win over the wolf pack snapped a four-game losing streak which was the longest skid since 2013 when CSF had dropped five in a row. The Titans then picked up another W Sunday after picking up a 6-5 victory over Oklahoma State.
Home At Last: CSUN will open its home season this week with five different opponents over a five-day period. Last week the Matadors finished 4-1 for the third-straight week while sophomore Katie Hooper tied a program record with seven RBI and two home runs over Grand Canyon in an 8-3 CSUN victory. Fellow sophomores Taylor Glover (.471) and Taylor Nate (.467) both batted over .400 over the weekend.
LONG BEACH STATE
Long Beach Looking Ahead: Long Beach State went 4-1 over the weekend and gear up to host its major tournament of the season -- the Louisville Slugger Invitational Park in Lakewood and on the campuses of Cal State Fullerton and LBSU. The 49ers currently lead the league with 62 walks and gear up to play five games as part of the tournament.
Tournament Time: UC Davis picked up two wins at the Fresno State Kick-Off and prepares to play its next five games in San Diego as one of 10 teams participating in the San Diego Classic I, hosted by San Diego and San Diego State. The Aggies will play all of its games at the USD Softball Complex with a doubleheader against Iowa State and Grand Canyon to kick-off the tournament action.
FIVE AND ALIVE: It was a perfect 5-0 week for UC Riverside as the Highlanders mounted a five-game win-streak, their second-longest of the season, second to it’s six-game stretch earlier this year. With an 11-4 mark, UCR is off to its best start since the 2006 season when Riverside won 12 of their first 15 games.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Gear Up: UC Santa Barbara ended the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on a high note with a win over Loyola Marymount in a 6-3 finish. Junior pitcher Alex Pingree improved to 2-1 on the season giving up zero hits and zero runs while striking out two. The Gauchos will be back in action nect weekend at the Bulldog Classic hiosted by Fresno State, beginning Friday with Oregon State.
Ranked Rivals: As its homestand comes to a close, Hawai‘i will host the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament with four games slated to take place over the four-day tourney. The Rainbow Wahine recorded a 2-3 record at last weekend’s Invitational and own an overall 9-7 mark.