CSUN Maintains Pre-Conference Success
Softball Weekly Release No. 5
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Hyland’s High Note: While Cal Poly went 1-4 over the weekend at the San Diego Classic I, sophomore Sierra Hyland continued to write her name atop the Big West leader boards. She sits in the No. 1 spot with 101 strikeouts, while her ERA through 90.1 innings pitched (tops in the league) currently ranks third in the conference (2.17).
Mustangs Gallop Home: The Mustangs open their 17-game home schedule as they host the 2015 Mustang Classic at Bob Janssen Field this weekend. CP was 14-6 at home a season ago, opening its home slate with a seven-game win-streak before dropping a contest to CSUN in its first series of league action.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Receiving Votes: Cal State Fullerton has won six of its last eight contests, including its final two games at the Louisville Slugger Invitational. The Titans host No. 2 Michigan before hosting the Judi Garman Classic Thursday through Sunday. Seven top 25 teams will appear along with CSF including No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Oregon. For the fifth week in a row, the Titans have either been ranked or have received votes in the USA Today/NFCA Poll.
Matadors Rising: CSUN is off to its best start since the 1996 season when the squad also opened its campaign at 17-4. The Matadors went 5-1 in their opening homestand and have thus far not lost more than a single contest in a weekend. CSUN hits the road for the 2015 Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., this week, highlighted by a matchup against No. 19 Washington.
LONG BEACH STATE
Can The Beach Best The “Best” Twice?: Long Beach State is looking to prove that history can repeat itself. In 2008, the 49ers faced an undefeated (19-0) No. 1 Florida squad and upset the Gators in a 2-1 final thanks to 16 strikeouts from LBSU’s Brooke Turner. The Beach will play the defending national champion at the 49er Softball classic Wednesday, then compete in the Cal State Fullerton-hosted Judi Garman Classic this weekend.
Aggies And Pac-12 Parade: After a mid-week game at Stanford, UC Davis will travel to Los Angeles for the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, its final tourney of the 2015 season. It will be a weekend packed full of Pac-12 opponents as three of Davis’ six scheduled games feature Pac-12 opposition. The Aggies will battle host No. 13 UCLA twice at the tournament.
Five And Alive: UC Riverside went 4-1 over the weekend at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Arizona, dropping its only game to the No. 15 ranked host. At 16-5 overall, the Highlanders are off to their best start since 2006 when the squad also won 16 of its first 21 games. UCR returns to the diamond Friday as it hosts Howard, UNC Greensboro and Loyola Marymount in the Highlander Classic. Chelsea Ponce picked up two more Ws over the weekend and currently leads the league with 11 wins .
UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Gear Up: UC Santa Barbara closed out the Fresno State Louisville Slugger Bash with a victory over St. Mary’s in a 5-2 final to finish out the tournament with a 1-4 record. Junior Arianna Palomares leads the Gauchos with a .385 average, which ranks seventh in league. The infielder picked up two doubles in the tournament and two RBI. UCSB heads to the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. where it will face Eastern Kentucky, Houston, No. 14 California, Iowa State and UNLV.
Ranked Rivals: Hawai‘i continues its 36-day, 27-game homestand with the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament. The ‘Bows will host East Carolina, Longwood, Oregon State and Utah over the five day-tourney. The Rainbow Wahine played to a 3-2 mark last weekend at the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament, smashing 11 home runs. Those homers accounted for 24 of Hawaii’s 32 runs in the tourney. The Bows’ 23 round-trippers on the season is the best in the Big West.