Curtain Falls On Softball Regular Season This Weekend
Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 14
The final weekend of the Big West softball season is upon us as the league's clubs look to finish strong and boost postseason resumes. Cal State Fullerton has punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament as the Titans clinched the Big West regular season crown last weekend.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
TITANS GO BACK-TO-BACK
After waiting 10 years to claim another Big West title a year ago, Cal State Fullerton didn’t have to wait as long for another as the Titans claimed the 2017 regular season crown last weekend. After starting 3-3 in conference play, CSF is 12-0 against league foes and gets a chance to extend that win streak to 15 with a road series against UC Santa Barbara to close out the regular season. The Titans have also won consecutive Big West titles for the first time since a four-year run from 2000-03.
HYLAND CEMENTING LEGACY
Big West fans have one more opportunity to watch Cal Poly pitcher Sierra Hyland this weekend. The senior is all over the conference career record lists as she ranks first in strikeouts (925), second in appearances (154), tied for seventh in wins (78) and third in innings pitched (894.1). She also boasts an impressive 1.57 career ERA and will finish with 200 or more strikeouts in three of her four seaosns.
ONE FOR THE BOOKS
Overall the season has been an impressive one for the league as six of the eight members will finish with at least a .500 mark, the second straight season that has occured. The last time at least six members finished with .500 records in back-to-back campaigns was 2006-07.That run came when the league had a seven team configuration.
COMING ON STRONG
Long Beach State freshman Cielo Meza had a delayed debut in 2017, but was well worth the wait. The pitcher is 5-3 with a 1.24 ERA in 56.2 innings over 11 appearances, 10 of those coming in a starting role. Meza has accumulated those numbers mostly against conference foes as 10 of her 11 appearances have been in conference play.
HOW ‘BOUT THOSE HIGHLANDERS
UC Riverside notched a bit of history last weekend as it swept a doubleheader from Long Beach State for just the second time in program history. UCR couldn’t complete the three-game sweep as LBSU won game three. That would’ve been the first series sweep of the 49ers in Highlander program history.
GLOVER’S PROLIFIC CAREER
Another prolific senior takes her final hacks this weekend as CSUN’s Taylor Glover takes the field against UC Davis. In the Big West career records, Glover is third in career batting average (.398), third in hits (288), tied for second in runs scored (162), ninth in RBI (143), second in steals (92) and tied for ninth in triples (15). If Glover pushes her career average to .400 after this weekend, she will become just the third player in league history to bat .400 or better for a career.
HYLAND CHOSEN IN NPF DRAFT
Cal Poly senior pitcher Sierra Hyland became the first Big West draftee in the National Pro Fastpitch draft in eight years last week, going fourth overall to the two-time defending champion Chicago Bandits.
Hyland is the second Big West player drafted into the NPF in conference history, joining fellow Mustang Melissa Pura who was drafted in the fourth round (17th overall) in 2009. Hyland is also the second-highest draftee in any sport in Cal Poly athletics history.
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