UCSB Looks To Take First Conference Series
Softball Weekly Release No. 10
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Green Prevails In Central Calif. Rivalry: After splitting Friday’s series-opening doubleheader with UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly captured its first series versus the Gauchos since 2010 with a win in the rubber match Saturday. The Mustangs improved to 6-4 at home this season and has now won four of their last five home conference opening weekends. While sophomore pitcher Sierra Hyland went the distance Saturday and threw strikes 63 percent of the time, the Mustangs had shared success across the board offensively -- eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit versus UCSB. Cal Poly returns to the diamond this weekend for a three-game conference set in Davis.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans Tackle Bruins And Highlanders: Cal State Fullerton will face No. 8 UCLA Wednesday afternoon at Easton Stadium in Los Angeles at 2 pm before continuing its conference slate with UC Riverside this weekend for a three-game set. Last weekend, reigning Big West Player of the Year Missy Taukeiaho belted her team-high ninth home run of the season against Hawai’i, leading the Titans to a 7-2 win in game one of Saturday’s double whammy.
Vandiver Does It Again: With a 24-game hit-streak, freshman Samantha Vandiver has the longest for any Titan since at least the 1989 campaign when complete box scores became available. The rookie has now recorded multiple hits in 13 contests and three multi-RBI outings in 2015.
CSUN Sweep: At 31-10 overall and 6-0 in league, CSUN is off to its best start in conference play since 1996, when the squad also went a perfect 6-0 to open its conference campaign as a member of the WAC. The Matadors swept UC Davis (3-2, 4-3, 5-0) and have won 11 of their last 13 games. CSUN continues to receive votes in the national polls and will return to action Saturday, April 11 on the road against UC Santa Barbara.
LONG BEACH STATE
Trip To Island Is Strictly Business: Currently in a three-way tie for third place in the Big West, Long Beach State heads to the islands for a critical three-game series against second-place Hawai‘i. The Rainbow Wahine opened conference play with two series victories and sit just two games behind league-leading CSUN.
Kimbrough Catches Career Marks: Senior Shayna Kimbrough, LBSU’s leadoff hitter, is within reach of three career records: runs scored, hits and batting average. The senior is just a run away from setting a new record, 22 hits from claiming that title and boasts a .354 career batting average, eclipsing the .324 set by former 49er great Jennifer Griffin.
Weekend At Home: UC Davis will close out its 2015 Causeway Cup with Sacramento State Wednesday afternoon before the Aggies take on Cal Poly in a conference showdown beginning Saturday. The Aggies will enjoy a four-game home stretch at La Rue Field including a double header to open the three-game bout against the Mustangs.
Highlanders Take On Titans: UC Riverside bounced back with a series win over Long Beach State last weekend, the first for the club since a series win over Cal State Fullerton last season. Redshirt junior Chelsea Ponce went 2-1 over the weekend, striking out 10 and giving up just 13 hits in 20 innngs in the circle. Riverside will take on the aforementioned Titans at Amy S. Harrison Field starting Saturday in the 2015 edition of their conference showdown.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara Looking For Series W: Coming off of a twin bill sweep of San Diego, UC Santa Barbara dropped its Blue/Green series in San Luis Obispo and moves to 15-24 overall and 2-4 in league. The Gauchos will face the Matadors who currently sit atop the Big West standings and look to take their first league series at home.
Rainbow Wahine Clinch Series: Hawai‘i looks forward to home field advantage this weekend as the ’Bows return to Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium to host defendng league champion in Long Beach State. UH comes off of a weekend victory over the Titans and will play its series finale with the 49ers Sunday.