Matchups Against National Powers Dot Tournament Slates
Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 3
This week's tournament play has a host of matchups against regional and national powers as the league looks to continue its solid start against difficult schedules. Highlighting the weekend is the second round of the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City as well as the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational hosted by the 'Bows.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
Cal Poly senior Sierra Hyland is off to a sizzling start in her final season. Offensively, Hyland leads the Big West in RBI (11), doubles (3) and total bases (18), while batting .370 with a .667 slugging percentage. In the circle, Hyland leads the Big West in complete games (4), wins (4), innings pitched (36), strikeouts (53), strikeouts per game (10.31) and opponents’ batting average (.146).
Hawai’i junior pitcher Brittany Hitchcock has continued as the ace staff this season, after leading the ‘Bows in the circle a year ago. Hitchcock is 3-1 with a 1.58 ERA in 31.0 innings of work. She has 28 strikeouts and has only allowed 20 hits over five appearances, all of them coming in a starting role. Hitchcock has also gone the distance in four of those starts.
PATIENCE YOUNG HITTERS
Cal State Fullerton’s fearsome lineup is second in the Big West in hits (64) and runs scored (43), but they’ve also shown a willingness to take pitches. The Titans lead the Big West in walks with 39, a figure that is 15 more than the next-best team. Its been a team effort at the plate as six players have three or more walks this season.
THE GOLDEN BAT (AND SPIKES)
CSUN senior Taylor Glover is again living up to the hype of her preseason acclaim. Glover is batting .400 with 12 hits, a homer, six RBI and 17 total bases. She is also taking bases as she has registered six steals in seven attempts. Glover has also been her usual steady hand in the outfield as she has no errors through the Matadors’ first nine games.
GET ON THE BOARD FIRST
Scoring early is always a good thing for a club and UC Santa Barbara has been no different. The Gauchos are 3-0 when they either score first or score in the first inning. The team has also been good in close contests thanks to early scoring splurges, going 3-0 in games decided by two runs or less.
Long Beach State junior Jessica Flores is a key utility player in her first year with the program after transferring from Arizona Western Community College. Flores has started three games in the outfield for LBSU, hitting .286 with a homer and three runs scored. She has also recorded 7.2 innings in the circle, logging a 1.83 ERA and allowing just two earned runs.
AGGIES CLAIM CAUSEWAY WIN
UC Davis continued its recent domination of the Causeway Cup game against Sacramento State this week, winning 4-3 on the road. The Aggies have won 13 of the 22 games between the two since joining the Big West in the 2008 season. This also marked the first win at Shea Stadium since 2013.
TAYLOR, HYLAND NAMES TO POY WATCHLIST
The top 50 “Watch List” for the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year was announced and two Big West players were included in the list for the prestigious honor.
The senior duo of CSUN’s Taylor Glover and Cal Poly’s Sierra Hyland garnered mention, kickstarting a process that will culiminate in the Player of the Year announcement in late May.
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