Pitching Continues To Power Big West Into Week Five
Softball Weekly Release No. 5
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
MEZA THROWS NO-HITTER
Long Beach State sophomore Cielo Meza threw her second career no-hitter against No. 20 Minnesota. Meza struck out 11 with one walk in the 27th no-no in school history. With the win, No. 22 picked up its third victory over a ranked opponent this season. Meza leads the Big West with 94 strikeouts, 10 more than anyone else in league. Her 94 Ks are eighth-best in the NCAA. The sophomore’s nine wins and 1.31 ERA are second-most in conference. Meza also earned Big West Pitcher of the Week honors for her efforts in the circle.
Also appearing in the top-20 for strikeouts in the nation is UC Riverside’s Taylor Misfeldt who has 85 on the year.
NOTHING GETS PAST THE BEACH
Long Beach State lead the Big West with a .980 fielding percentage, which ranks 13th-best in the nation.
HIGHLANDERS HAVE PERFECT SHOWING
UC Riverside swept through the Highlander Classic with a 4-0 record, outscoring its opponents 31-5. The Highlanders are now 9-2 at home after taking seven of their last eight tournament games. The four-straight victories is the best active streak in the Big West.
In the four contests, senior Jenna Curtan led the squad in batting average (.889), slugging (1.222), OBP (.929), runs scored (7), hits (8) total bases (11) and doubles (3). The center fielder went 8-for-9 in the Classic and only recorded one out in her 14 plate appearances. With nine doubles on the year, Curtan ties for the third-most in the NCAA. The senior’s .500 batting average this season paces the league.
KIBBY ONE-HITS SAINT MARY’S
UC Davis sophomore pitcher Katie Kibby tossed a one-hitter against Saint Mary’s, Wednesday, en route to a 8-0 shutout. The victory was the second-straight one-hit shutout for the second year and the third of her career. Davis moved to 11-7 on the year after splitting a doubleheader with the Gaels.
The Aggies will break for a week before making its 2018 home debut at the newly renovated LaRue Field for the Aggie Invitational.
HAWAI‘I ENJOYS HOMESTAND
After going 4-2 at the Texaco Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament, UH will continue its 18-game homestand next week as the Rainbow Wahine host the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament. The 18 consecutive games at home are the most of anyone in league this season. The ‘Bows are 4-2 at home so far and finished last season 26-13 at home.
With seven round-trippers, CSUN’s Savannah Horvath leads the Big West in homeruns. The seven are the 11-best in the NCAA. The senior has already matched her season total from a year ago. Horvath entered her final collegiate campaign with 29 career bombs and has brought her total to 36.
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