CSUN Takes Undefeated League Mark Into Second Week Of Conference Play
Softball Weekly Release No. 9
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Blue And Green Rivalry Up Next: Cal Poly dropped its Big West opening series 3-0 to CSUN on the road last week, facing an opponent that has been in the receiving votes section of the ESPN/USA Today softball poll for five straight weeks. The Mustangs open their home league slate this Friday as they host Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara in a three-game, two-day series.
Hyland Is Happening: Sophomore right handed pitcher Sierra Hyland leads the league in strike outs (172), batters struck out looking (54) and innings pitched (164.1). Hyland’s 30 appearances also tie UC Riverside’s Chelsea Ponce for the most this season.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Round Trippers Take Series: Two home runs from senior Eliza Crawford Sunday helped Cal State Fullerton clinch the series over UC Santa Barbara last weekend, as the Titans took two of three from the Gauchos. CSF will be pitted against Hawai‘i at home for a three-game series this weekend.
Vandiver Dazzles: Freshman Samantha Vandiver is already well into leaving her mark as a Titan as she has recorded a 21-game hitting-streak in as many starts.
Memorable Matador Start Continues: CSUN continues to write history at 28-10, the best program record in decades after the Matadors swept Cal Poly at home to kick off conference play. For the first time since 2004, CSUN finished a weekend unblemished versus the Mustangs, while sophomore Taylor Glover notched the 11th triple of her career to move into third in Matador history. CSUN was the only Big West team to sweep its conference-opening opponent and look to continue the string at UC Davis in another three-game stand.
LONG BEACH STATE
Shutout Show For 49ers: Long Beach State took its first conference series of the season, taking two of three from UC Davis. The Beach blanked the Aggies twice as Christina Clermont struck out 10 in a complete game shutout Saturday and picked up her fourth shutout win on the year Sunday. LBSU heads to UC Riverside for a three-game bout beginning Friday.
Winning Ways: UC Davis recorded a W in the first weekend of conference contests for the first time sine 2012 but lost the series that had the Aggies pitted against defending league champ, Long Beach State. In their midweek showdown, the Aggies skated to a 4-1 win over Montana Tuesday to open a four-game homestand. Amy Nunez blasted her first home run on the season in addition to Leah Munden collecting her eighth win and Dana Cruz recording her first career save. The Aggies will next face CSUN with a doubleheader Friday and the series finale Saturday.
Ponce Atop Big West Stats: UC Riverside dropped two of three in its first conference series of ‘15 to Hawai‘i out on the islands, moving to 29-9 on the year. Despite a 1-2 weekend, pitcher Chelsea Ponce, who started all three games versus the Rainbow Wahine, leads the leaue in ERA (1.02), opposing batting average (.179) , innings pitched (174.1) and in wins (21). The Highlanders host 2014 title owner Long Beach State this weekend for a single contest Friday and a double whammy Saturday.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Topple Toreros: While UC Santa Barbara went 1-2 over the weekend in its series with Cal State Fullerton, the Gauchos bounced back in its twin bill sweep against San Diego Tuesday. UCSB takes that two-game win-streak into the second week of conference play and will take on Cal Poly in a Blue/Green showdown in San Luis Obispo.
Rainbow Wahine Clinch Series: Hawai‘i recorded back-to-back shutout victories Sunday (3-0, 1-0) against UC Riverside to clinch the Big west series 2-1. The Rainbow Wahine improve to 21-15 on the year and head to Cal State Fullerton to square off against the Titans beginning Friday.
RPI Review: In the second RPI report on the year, Cal State Fullerton leads the pack at 54 as the first Big West program of five in the top 100. CSUN comes in just behind the Titans at 59 followed by Hawai‘i (63), UC Riverside (66), Long Beach State (72) and Cal Poly (100).