Hawai'i Mounts Three-Game Win-Streak
Softball Weekly Release No. 6
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Home Opener In The Books: Cal Poly opened its 2015 home campaign as it hosted the ShareSLO Mustang Classic last weekend. The Mustangs are now 3-3 at Bob Janssen Field and will return home for a double header in two weeks versus Buffalo. CP heads to Fresno for the Fresno State Classic this weekend where it will face South Dakota, Providence, Montana, Minnesota and the host Bulldogs.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Setting Records: Over the weekend, Cal State Fullerton set a single-tournament record for attendance at Anderson Family Field with 2,286 fans at the Judi Garman Classic on March 7. Samantha Vandiver extended her hitting streak to a team-high 10 games in a row to bring her to a .643 average while teammate Courtney Rodriguez also recorded her 10th multiple-hit game. Next, The Titans host their third tourney of the season in the Easton Tournament and will host DePaul, Boise State, Nebraska, Charleston Southern and Buffalo.
CSUN’s Continued Success: At 17-8, CSUN is off to its best start through 25 games since 1996. In the Matadors’ final contest of the 2015 Husky Classic, Sliyah Ricks went a perfect 4-for-4 while Taylor Glover went 3-for-3. Ricks set a career-high with her four hits, all of which were singles to raise her season average to a team-high .769. Katie Hooper currently leads the conference witn nine home runs while Glover tops the league with 18 stolen bases. CSUN returns to action Thursday as it hosts the CSUN tournament at Matador Diamond.
LONG BEACH STATE
Headed to San Diego: Long Beach State struggled at the Judy Garman Classic, dropping its contests to San Jose State, Auburn, Arizona, Oregon and San Diego State. The Beach will wrap up its tournament play for the season when it travels to San Diego State for five games beginning Thursday. The 49ers will face BYU and the Aztecs.
Catch Them If You Can: UC Davis went 2-3 over the weekend at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament after recording victories against Providence and Illinois. Christina Guidry picked up three stolen bases over the weekend, upping her season total to nine which is second in the Big West. The Aggies will face Sacramento State in a midweek matchup in their only outing this weekend.
Throwing Strikes And Taking Names: At 20-6 heading into the new week, the Highlanders were off to their best start in the program’s Division I-era. Just five games into the 2015 season, Chelsea Ponse recorded the most strikeouts (11) in a single game in the program’s DI history. On Feb. 8 versus Seattle, Ponce threw a complete game and recorded 13 Ks to set a new record, passing her previous mark. After hosting Bryant for a doubleheader Tuesday, UCR will face Weber State Wednesday for another double dip in Riverside.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Hits For Days: UC Santa Barbara moved to 6-19 on its season after the Rebel Classic. Jaqueline Hinojsa picked up 10 hits over the course of the five games for a .400 average, the third-best in league just behind CSUN’s Katie Hooper (.414) and Cal State Fullerton’s Missy Taukeiaho (.412). The Gauchos return to home to host a double header with Charleston Southern beginning at noon,Thursday.
No Trouble With The Curve: Hawai‘i improved to 17-9 on the season after sweeping its final two games of the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament and recording a 5-0 shutout W vs East Carolina, Tuesday. The Rainbow Wahine punched a season- high 15 hits over East Carolina, Sunday, in its 11-3 win, besting its previous mark of 13 recorded earlier this campaign. The Bows have won seven of their last eight games and will kick off the Hawai‘i Pacific Heath Rainbow Wahine Classes later this week.