UC Riverside Records First Big West Sweep, Faces UCSB
Softball Weekly Release No. 13
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Historic Weekend For Mustangs: It’s a big weekend for Cal Poly, as the Mustangs close out their 16-game home schedule, plays the first nationally televised game in program history and looks to snap a season-long, four-game losing-streak when hosting Long Beach State for a May 2-3 series at home. The series opens with a 12 noon doubleheader on Saturday, May 2 with game No. 1 televised live on ESPNU in the first broadcasted contest during the 15-year history of Bob Janssen Field. Cal Poly alo looks to avoid its first five-game slide since the 2013 campaign.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titan Sweep: Cal State Fullerton (30-20, 8-7) swept a doubleheader and the three-game series with league opponent Cal Poly behind a complete game three-hitter from Cerissa Rivera in game one, 4-1, while the offense was powered by a four-run fifth and the first two-homer game of Melissa Sechrest’s career to hold on for a 6-3 decision in the series finale at Anderson Family Field on Sunday afternoon. The Titans continue Big West play and travel to UC Davis for a doubleheader on Saturday, May 2 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., followed by the series finale on Sunday, May 3 at 12 p.m at La Rue Field in Davis, Calif.
CSUN Remains Atop Big West Standings: A tremendous outing from pitcher Brianna Elder helped CSUN post its first series victory over the 49ers since the 2002 season after taking the series in a 2-1 fashion. Long Beach State dealt the Matadors their first loss since March 26 when CSUN fell to No. 10 UCLA. The Matadors are now 14-1 in Big West play and owns a five-game lead over the Beach (9-6) with six games to play. Hawai’i and Cal State Fullerton, the Matadors’ next two opponents, are both 8-7 in league play.
LONG BEACH STATE
Sitting In Second: Although Long Beach State eventually dropped the three game series to CSUN, the 49ers snaped a 13-game win-streak for the Matadors and handed CSUN its first loss since playing a top-10 squad in March. The 49ers are still holding on to second place in the Big West as Long Beach travels to San Luis Obispo for a three-game series at Cal Poly.
Catch Them At Home: After competing on the road in its last seven games, UC Davis will return home for the final time this season when Cal State Fullerton visits La Rue Field this weekend. Both Saturday’s doubleheader, and Sunday’s home finale, will start at 12 p.m. The Aggies are coming off of a rough weekend, sropping its three games to UC Riverside, but Davis looks to rebound this weekend versus the Titans.
That’s A Sweep: UC Riverside recorded its first three-game sweep of a Big West opponent last weekend versus UC Davis last weekend. In the process, UCR broke the single-game attendance record, as it welcomed 490 fans that could be found watching the blue and gold all around the Amy S. Harrison field. The previous record was held by the 2014 Highlanders during a series against CSUN on April 19. UC Riverside travels to UCSB with a double bill Saturday and a finale slated for Sunday afternoon.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Sweet Victory For UCSB: For the first time since Hawai‘i rejoined the conference in 2013, UC Santa Barbara took two games in their three game set in Honolulu last weekend. MeShalon Moore was the hero at the plate in the rubber match, as she drove in all five of UCSB’s run with four of them coming off a grand slam. In the circle, both Lena Mayer and Ashley Ludlow put in respectable performances with each allowing no more than three earned runs. UCSB’s sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader not only ended a eight-game losing streak, but it also gave the team its first series victory in conference play this season. The Gauchos face UC Riverside next with a double header slated for Saturday and the series finale Sunday at noon.
’Bows Take On Matadors: Hawai‘i hits the road this weekend, and looks to bounce back after dropping its three game home series to UC Santa Barbara 2-1. The Rainbow Wahine will make their final regular season roadtrip of the 2015 campaign at league-leader CSUN (39-11, 14-1 Big West) this weekend for a three-game showdown. The Rainbow Wahine are currently tied for third place with Cal State Fullerton, one game behind Long Beach State.