UCSB And LBSU Take Their Talents To E3
Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 11
This week's schedule has the spotlight in Long Beach as the league-leading 49ers take on UC Santa Barbara in a three-game set live on ESPN3. The clubs will play a doubleheader Saturday then wrap up the series with a single game Sunday. Meanwhile second place Cal State Fullerton looks to continue its recent momentum at it returns home to take on Hawai'i. The 'Bows enter the game looking to win their first true road game of the season while CSF is fresh off a road sweep of UC Davis.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
LEAGUE LEADER ON E3
Fresh off a series sweep against then co-leader Cal Poly, Big West frontrunner Long Beach State returns home for a key conference series against another Central Coast foe, UC Santa Barbara. The series will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with two games on Saturday and one on Sunday.
NO RUNS ALLOWED AT THE BEACH
Long Beach State’s pitching staff has been at the forefront of its run to the top of the league, having not allowed a run in 29 innings. In fact, over its last 49 innings the 49er pitching contingent has allowed just five runs, all of which came in the same game against UC Davis on April 9.
NO ROAD WOES FOR THIS OFFENSE
Cal State Fullerton has seen better results in games away from home this season, posting a 15-7 record which includes an 11-2 mark in true road matchups. The team is hitting .293 on the road, to go along with 181 hits, 25 doubles, eight homers, 94 RBI, 103 runs and 81 strikeouts in 616 at-bats. At home, the Titans are hitting .236 with five homers, 38 RBI, 41 runs scored and 112 strikeouts in 517 at-bats over 20 games (8-12).
Hawai’i sophomore Nicole Lopez broke a four-game home run slump with a solo shot last weekend against UC Riverside, giving her a league-leading 11 on the season. Lopez is three home runs shy of tying for 10th on the single season Big West home run list. Interestingly enough, a player has broken into that list 10 times since 2000 but the single season record was established in 1999 by Stephanie Little of Cal State Fullerton (23).
HEAVY HITTING GAUCHOS
UC Santa Barbara has feasted on pitching during league playing, leading the way in batting (.308), hits (73) and on-base percentage (.341). Sophomore Sierra Altmeyer has led the way as she is hitting a sorching .593 against Big West opposition, 160 points higher than the next best player. She has also added a home run, nine RBI and 16 hits while slugging .852 and posting a .613 on-base percentage.
STOLEN BASE BATTLE
Four players are waging a battle atop the stolen base list on the league leaderboard. Brianna Warner of UC Davis is the current leader with 22, but UC Riverside’s Madeline Richard and Cal State Fullerton’s Ariana Williams are just two behind and CSUN’s Taylor Glover is three steals behind the leader. On the all-time leaderboard, Glover has the upper hand as her 88 steals is second-most all-time, while Warner has compiled 86 to tie for third all-time. Barring a stolen base binge for the ages, the duo won’t come close to the all-time leader Leslie Simien of UC Santa Barbara who swiped 121 bags fro 2001-04.
HYLAND NAMED FINALIST FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cal Poly senior pitcher Sierra Hyland was named among the 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honor. Prior to the start of post-season play, the list will be narrowed to the Top 10 Finalists on May 10. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 24, while the winner of the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 30 prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City.
.401 - Career batting average by CSUN's Taylor Glover, third-best in Big West history
4- Strikeouts needed by Cal Poly's Sierra Hyland to reach 900 for her career
2 - Players currently batting over .400 this season (Glover, UCSB's Sierra Altmeyer)
23.0 - Consecutive scoreless innings pitched by LBSU's Cielo Meza
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