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Long Beach State In Hunt For Share Of Conference Crown

5/6/2015

Softball Weekly Release No. 14

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BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

CAL POLY
Pair Of Homeruns In Final Home Contest:
Sophomore Sierra Hyland and junior Betsy Colburn each belted jacks Sunday in Cal Poly’s home finale against Long Beach State, however it would be the Beach who claimed an 8-3 win to complete the series sweep.  While the Mustangs dropped their fourth series in league, Cal Poly has put a run on the board in every Big West contest except one when CSUN recorded a 3-0 shutout in the first conference meeting of 2015.  The Mustangs have also recorded eight shutouts of their own this season, the second-most in league.  In its final series of the year, Cal Poly travels to Riverside for a twin bill Friday and a finale Saturday afternoon.

CAL STATE FULLERTON
Keeping It Close: 
In a close one-run finish at 7-6, Cal State Fullerton claimed the series Sunday over UC Davis on a  four-run seventh inning when junior Courtney Rodriguez knocked a two-run single to bring in the go-ahead score.  This weekend marked Fullerton’s fourth conference series win as the Titans head into their final Big West series of 2015.  CSUF will host league-leader CSUN for a single game Friday and a double header Saturday.

CSUN
CSUN Owns A Share Of Big West Crown: 
At 15-3 in the Big West, CSUN owns at least a share of the conference crown and has claimed the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.  Picked to finish sixth in league in the preseason poll, CSUN honored its four seniors Saturday after the Matadors recorded the most league wins with 15 since the 2010 season when CSUN went 15-6 in league play.  The Matadors look to up that number this weekend as they travel to Cal State Fullerton for three games.  CSUN will complete its regular season campaign pn Saturday before hearing their NCAA fate on Monday.

Matadors In The Tournament:  CSUN will represent the Big West in the NCAA Tournament after earning the conference’s automatic bid.  The selection show will air Sunday, May 10 at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT on ESPNU.

LONG BEACH STATE
Beach Sweeps Cal Poly:
Long Beach State recorded a crucial sweep of Cal Poly over the weekend, its first in Big West action, to move to 12-6 in league play.  The 49ers are in the hunt for a share of the conference title and look to record another sweep of UC Santa Barbara this weekend at home.  Three victories over the Gauchos coupled with a CSF sweep of the Matadors would make the 49ers co-Big West champions with CSUN. 

UC DAVIS
Aggies Head To Hawai‘i: UC Davis recorded a series-opening W in a 4-1 win over Cal State Fullerton last weekend before honoring its three seniors on Sunday.  The Aggies move to 18-28 on the year in head coach Erin Thorpe’s first year at the helm.  Davis owns a 6-12 mark in league and will finish out its 2015 campaign with three games at Hawai‘i.

UC RIVERSIDE
Highlanders Look To Finish Strong At Home: Hurler Chelsea Ponce recorded a complete game Sunday as the Highlanders moved to 36-17 overall and 8-10 in league.  Riverside took game one of the three-game series with UC Santa Barbara, but it was the Gauchos would would claim the series.  Riverside looks to finish the season on a high note as it hosts Cal Poly for its final three outings on the year.

UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Take Back-To-Back Series: 
UC Santa Barbara recorded two victories to claim the series over UC Riverside on the road and made it back-to-back Big West series victories after the Gauchos had claimed its first series over Hawai‘i for the first time since the Rainbow Wahine joined the league in 2013.  Santa Barbara will finish out its 2015 campaign on the road at Long Beach State on a two-game win-streak.

HAWAI‘I
Hawai‘i Pulls Off Upset: Hawai‘i pulled off the upset last weekend, dealing CSUN two losses and its first series defeat of the 2015 campaign.  Tha Matadors hadn’t dropped a Big West series since May 9-10, 2014 when Cal State Fullerton swept CSUN in its three-game bout.  The Rainbow Wahine have now claimed four league series and look to take a fifth this weekend with three games versus UC Davis at home.