Big West Baseball Release - Week 4
Long Beach State currently leads the nation in hits allowed per nine innings with a 4.91 average...In the first three weeks of competition, the UC Davis Aggies have stolen a nation’s best 45 bases, seven more than the Aggies recorded all last season. The next closest Big West team is CSUN with 19 stolen bases...The Matadors' four shutouts ties for first in the country.
• Freshmen Chris Mathewson (7.0 IP, 8K, 1BB) and Darren McCaughan (2.0 IP, 3K) made Long Beach State history as they combined for the first no-hitter in program history in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Wichita State. Mathewson was dominant on the mound, retiring the first 11 batters he faced and then his final six before handing off to McCaughan in the eighth, who retired all six Shockers in order to preserve the no-hitter. The Shockers sent just 28 batters to the plate, which is one above the minimum.
The Duos’ gem becomes the 17th no-hitter in Big West history and the first since May 24, 2015, when Cal State Fullerton’s Justin Garza threw a no-no against CSUN.
• A total of 17 Big West baseball contests will be aired across ESPN3 and ESPNU platforms this spring, the conference announced Wednesday. All games will originate from Southern California member institutions Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Riverside, and every Big West school will make an appearance on the schedule.
The ESPN3 package begins on the opening weekend of the conference’s baseball schedule, as Hawai‘i and UC Irvine square off at Anteater Ballpark on March 27-28. The following week, Cal Poly travels to Cal State Fullerton’s Goodwin Field for two more ESPN3 games April 2-3.
In addition, ESPNU will bolster the Big West’s overall baseball television coverage as two games will be highlighted on that network Back-to-back games between baseball rivals Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton will also air May 21-22.
Every game on ESPN’s platforms will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Live streams of all the Watch ESPN Networks are available at no additional cost to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV subscription through participating TV providers.
Prime Ticket, the official regional telecast home of Big West athletics, is also slated to air a pair of Bug West baseball games. The Cal Poly at UC Irvine game at Anteater Ballpark on Saturday, May 9 and the Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, May 23 from Goodwin Field will air at 7:00 p.m. on their respective dates. The two selected baseball games showcase four schools which all advanced to the 2014 NCAA postseason
Stormy Weather Halts CP:
Cal Poly made it to Dallas through the winter storm to take on No. 1 TCU but were unable to sneak in even one game due to snowfall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Mustangs are back on the west coast and are set to host Santa Clara Tuesday before visiting Pacific for a weekend series.
Power At The Plate:
Peter Van Gansen paces the squad and ranks second in the league with a .444 batting average. He is also tied for eighth in the Big West with 16 hits.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans Battle Top 25:
For the second straight week, CSF battles a Top 25 opponent from the Big 12 in a weekend series. Last week the Titans swept No. 25 Baylor and hope to do the same against No. 5 Texas Tech this weekend at Goodwin Field.
In the first seven games of the season, Cal State Fullerton combined for 28 total runs. The Titans matched the season-opening offensive output in just three games last week against No. 25 Baylor, sweeping the Bears by scores of 10-1, 11-6 and 7-6.
A View From The Top:
Sporting an 11-3 overall record, the Matadors sit stop of the Big West standings. CSUN, under second-year head coach Greg Moore, needs just seven more victories to match their season total from a year ago (18-38).
Led by Rayne Raven with a miniscule, conference-leading .44 ERA, the Matadors sit second in the Big West with a 1.92 ERA. They have tossed four shutouts this season, tying for first in the country.
LONG BEACH STATE
Get Out Your Brooms:
LBSU recorded its first series sweep of the season last week in dominating fashion, taking down Wichita State by scores of 7-0, 5-4, 4-0, to improve to 8-3 on the season. Prior to the weekend stint, LBSU fell to No. 4 UCLA 1-0.
Currently tied for second in the Big West standings with an 8-3 mark, LBSU visits No. 13 Arizona State for a weekend series. The Dirtbags, led by freshman Chris Mathewson’s impressive .82 ERA, enter the week with a Big West-leading 1.84 team earned run average.
On The Road Again:
UC Davis is in the midst of a seven-game road trip where it battles Nevada on Tuesday and Seattle in a weekend series. So far this season the Aggies have compiled a 4-1-1 road mark.
Undefeated In Extended Games:
For the third time in three weeks the Aggies forced extra innings, this time battling Portland to a 7-5 victory in 10 innings on Sunday. UCD is now 2-0-1 in extra-inning ballgames.
With 11 double plays on the season, the Aggies currently rank 19th in the nation.
‘Eaters Capture First Series:
Following an 0-6 start to the season, UC Irvine has tallied a 3-1 mark in its final four contests, which includes a series win (2-1) over SEC’s Tennessee. The Anteaters look to carry that success to the Lone Star State where they battle UTSA in a weekend series. They also host San Diego State in a midweek showdown.
The ‘Eaters are paced by Mikey Duarte, who is currently tied for ninth in the Big West with a .389 batting average and Keston Hiura, who’s 10 RBI places him sixth.
Reversal Of Fortune:
UC Riverside kicked of 2015 with a perfect 4-0 mark, but since then have fallen on some hard times and tallied a 2-7 mark the past two weeks. The Highlanders look to get back to their winning ways as they close out an eight-game road trip this week with a midweek contest at San Diego and a weekend series at San Francisco.
The Highlanders are led on offense by Drake Zarate’s .396 batting average, which ranks sixth in the league, and Joe Chavez’s 11 runs scored, good enough for fourth in the Big West.
UC SANTA BARBARA
With a quartet of players ranked in the Big West’s top 10, it's no surprise that the Gauchos are number one in the league with a .282 team batting average. Individually, Robby Nesovic leads the way with a third-best mark of .432. Cameron Newell sits fourth with a .425 clip and is followed by Luke Swenson (T7th - .394) and Andrew Calica (T9th - .389).
Road Trippin’ Gauchos:
The Gauchos embark on a season-long, six-game road trip as they head to Sacramento State for a weekend series. UCSB is 1-0 on the road this season.
Struggles On The Road:
Hawai’i struggled in its first road trip of the season. The Rainbow Wahine opened a four-game stint with Pepperdine with a dominating 15-8 performance but dropped the next three by scores of 16-1, 2-0 and 10-5. Hawai’i currently owns a 5-8 record.
UH Heads To Lone Star State:
It’s tournament time for Hawai’i as it heads to Texas for the Houston College Classic where it battles Nebraska, Baylor, who just fell out of the Top 25, and host No. 5 Houston. UH is 1-3 against nationally-ranked opponents.