Long Beach State Hot On Heels Of Historic Week
Softball Weekly Release No. 7
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Non-conference Comes To A Close: Cal Poly wraps up its non-conference schedule with a home doubleheader versus Buffalo Friday traveling to Bakersfield for a doubleheader Tuesday. CP has won six it its last eight matches, including four games decided by a single run.
Hyland’s High Note: Sophomore Sierra Hyland, who received Pitcher of the Year honors a season ago in her first campaign with Cal Poly, enters Friday’s two games leading all Big West pitchers in strikeouts (138), opposing batting average (.184) and innings pitched (133.1). The second year ace also ranks second in victories (10) and third with a 1.89 ERA in 23 appearances. Hyland’s strikeout total is 10th-best in the nation.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Hit-Happy: With a doubleheader versus Cal State Bakersfield on March 25, Cal State Fullerton will close out its 13-game home stand before kicking off league action the following weekend. The Titans are hot on the heels of a sweep of Buffalo, thanks to efforts from Missy Taukeiaho who led CSF with a combined four hits and seven RBI. Taukeiaho’s 36 hits on the season rank second-best on the squad behind Courtney Rodriquez (47), the league leader in that department.
Matadors Continue To Make Waves: CSUN improves to 21-8 after the CSUN Tournament, going 3-1 over the weekend. In its 6-2 win to wrap up the tourney, Brianna Elder (8-3) hurled her fifth complete game of the season and has now totaled 101 strikeouts in 84 innings in the circle. The senior boasts a 2.17 ERA heading into the five-game stretch in Stockton for the Louisville Slugger Invitational hosted by former league-member, Pacific.
LONG BEACH STATE
Memorable Weekend For 49ers: There was a lot of history to witness over the weekend as Long Beach State broke an eight-game losing streak with a perfect game in a 9-0 victory over New Mexico State. Sophomore Christina Clermont struck out 10 batters in a row, setting down 15 in order to record the eighth perfect game in LBSU history. On the offensive side of things, junior Darian Tatalafua’s round-tripper in the third set the Beach career mark at 31. Tatalafua now has five on the season, tied for fifth-best in the conference.
Aggies Take Five: UC Davis picked up a win in its lone game last weekend, a 9-1 finish over Sacramento State before entering a 12-day hiatus for finals. The Aggies move to 10-13 on the year after scoring every inning to top the Hornets. Davis will return to action March 22 for a double-header featuring Saint Mary’s.
Highlander Momentum: UC Riverside moved to 23-6 on the year afer a two-game series opposite Weber State, Wednesday. With 23 wins so far in 2015, the Highlanders are just three wins away from breaking the program’s Division I-era single season record. UCR’s 23 victories also tie last season’s win-total. The Highlanders head to Los Angeles, Calif. for the LMU Invitational II, a five-game tourney.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Skid No More: UC Santa Barbara swept its doubleheader with Charleston Southern to snap a four-game losing-streak and moves to 8-19 on the year. The Gauchos will hit the diamond next at the Santa Clara Round Robin this week before opening conference play with Cal State Fullerton.
Fence Is No Problem: Hawai‘i hit five home runs in its doubleheader versus Columbia thanks to Kayla Wartner, Heather Morales, Aina Cabrale, Keiki Carlos and Leisha Liilii. The Rainbow Wahine have completed their pre-conference slate and will open Big West action on March 27, versus UC Riverside.