CSUN Takes Perfect Mark Into Fourth Week Of Big West Play
Softball Weekly Release No. 11
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
’Bows Up Next: After claiming two of its three series in league thus far, Cal Poly enters this weekend sharing fifth place in the Big West standings. The Mustangs have dropped their only league series to first place CSUN, who owns a three-and-a-half game lead on the field. CP won its rubber match last weekend to clinch a 2-1 weekend at UC Davis and will host Hawai’i for a three-game stretch at Bob Janssen Field beginning with a single game Friday at 4 pm.
Hyland Deals In Big West: Sophomore righthander Sierra Hyland continues to stand out among competition as she enters the weekend leading the Big West in strikeouts (197), innings pitched (197.1) and batters struck out looking (63). Hyland’s 16 wins also rank second-best in league while her 2.16 ERA ranks fourth-best.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans Claim First Two Games To Capture Series: Cal State Fullerton defeated UC Riverside 12-0 and 3-2 Saturday in back-to-back contests to capture the series before falling to the Highlanders 8-1 on Sunday. The Titans collected their second Big West Conference series and will continue its seven-game road trip at Long Beach State.
Taukeiaho Takes Fourth: With a pair of round trippers over the weekend, Missy Taukeiaho now owns sole possession of fourth-best in the Fullerton record book with 30 in her career. The junior has also reached base in 20 consecutive games.
It’s Another Sweep For CSUN: Last weekend marked the third conference sweep for CSUN to move the Matadors to a perfect 9-0 in Big West showdowns. CSUN improved to 34-10 as it swept UC Santa Barbara for the first time since the 2001 campaign and is the only team in the league to record a sweep versus a conference opponent. The Matadors face UC Riverside next with a twin bill Saturday and a single game the following afternoon.
Hooper Hammers It Home: Sophomore Katie Hooper recorded a triple in Sunday’s outing to bolster her offensive stats that rank best in the Big West. Hooper currently leads the league in runs (40), RBI (48), homers (14) and total bases (108). Teammate Taylor Glover also tops the conference charts with her 24 stolen bases and 40 runs scored.
LONG BEACH STATE
LBSU Rings In Rubber Match: Thanks to junior Darian Tautalafua who went 3-for-4 with a pair of jacks and four RBI, Long Beach State clinched an 8-5 win in Saturday’s rubber match to claim the series in Hawai‘i last weekend. The Beach looks to win their second series in a row against Cal State Fullerton with the first game of the series Saturday.
Aggies Hit The Road: UC Davis embarks on a seven-game road swing beginning in Santa Barbara this weekend after dropping a series to Cal Poly in a 1-2 weekend. The Aggies’ search for a series win could be a difficult one as they are just 9-21 all-time against the Gauchos.
Riverside Takes On CSUN: Despite taking the final game of the three-game bout, UC Riverside dropped the series to Cal State Fullerton last weekend. The Highlanders move to 32-12 on the year and are now 4-5 in the Big West. Coming off of a win in the series finale, Riverside travels to Northridge where it will face a CSUN club that is undefeated in league play so far this season.
Riverside Knows How To Sacrifice: Kris DeAnda leads the conference with 20 sacrifice bunts while teammate Karina Romero comes in second with 17. Jenna Curtan ranks fourth with nine and Haley Harris is tied for sixth-best with six.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Get Aggies Next: UC Santa Barbara will finish off its six-game home stand as it shares the diamond with UC Davis this weekend. The Gauchos dropped all three decisions to CSUN in their Big West series last weekend, moving to 2-7 on the year in league action. UCSB will look to claim its first series of the year against UCD, a club also looking for its first Big West series win of the ‘15 campaign.
Hawai‘i Hits The Mainland: Currently in a three-way tie for second place in league with Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State (5-4), Hawai‘i travels to California’s Central Coast for a three-game showdown with Cal Poly. The Rainbow Wahine and the Mustangs are neck-in-neck in team BA as UH hits for a .264 average, which ranks sixth-best in the Big West, just above Cal Poly’s .254 mark (seventh-best in league). It’s the same story in the circle as Hawai’i’s third-best 2.66 ERA just edges CP’s fourth-best 2.78 ERA.