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Big West Softball Readies To #StartBig in 2018

2/6/2018

Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 1
Big West Preseason Coaches Poll

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BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

TITANS TOP PRESEASON COACHES POLLalt

The Titans claimed four first place votes for 57 points as it earned the top spot in the preseason poll. 

The defending Big West champion returns 17 while adding nine newcomers after a stellar 35-23 campaign with a 16-5 mark in league.  Offensively, the squad returns two players who received Big West Honorable Mention recognition last season in sophomore Zoe Richard at first base (.280 BA, HR, 22 RBI) and senior shortstop Shianne Brannan (.283 BA, 5 HR, 23 RBI).  Contributing to Fullerton’s league-best .973 fielding percentage in conference, Brannan recorded a .952 fielding percentage for 84 putouts and 95 assists. Richard was flawless defensively as she posted a 1.000 fielding percentage at first, recording 175 putouts. Fullerton also welcomes National Gatorade Player of the Year in freshman RHP Taylor Dockins.  As back-to-back champs for the first time in over a decade, reigning Coach of the Year Kelly Ford and the Titans look to three-peat in 2018.

Read The Full Preseason Poll Release here.

MEZA’S BEACH BASH
The Beach returns Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and All-Big West First Team honoree, Cielo Meza, in the circle after a standout 2017 campaign. As the only freshman to receive First Team accolades in 2017, Meza recorded a 1.26 ERA in 66.2 innings of work after missing nearly all of the non-conference portion of the season.  Meza led the Big West in opposing batting average, holding league foes to .172 on the year.  The first year finished with six wins and 54 strikeouts and added a no-hitter to her collegiate resume against UC Riverside.

In all, LBSU returns 10 key players and welcomes 10 as it looks for its first Big West title since 2014.

HORVATH AND THE MATADORS GEAR UP
Starting all 53 games at shortstop for the Matadors, Savannah Horvath led the conference last season with 13 home runs and 41 RBI as she batted for a .338 average overall.  In conference play, the infielder led the league in almost every offensive category: batting average (.407), on-base percentage (.507), slugging percentage (.915), home runs (7), doubles (7), RBI (19), total bases (54) and extra base hits (15).

At 32-22, CSUN posted its fourth-straight 30-win season for the first time since 1996-99. The Matadors look for their fourth Big West title this season.


 

Softball has their home opener in just 30 days! #GoBeach

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LETTERWINNER/STARTER PACKAGE

TEAM LR LL SR
SL
CAL POLY 16 5 7  
CAL STATE FULLERTON 17 8 6 4
CSUN 7 6 3 6
LONG BEACH STATE 16 8 8 2
UC DAVIS 13 7 4 4
UC RIVERSIDE 13 7 6 3
UC SANTA BARBARA 11 11 7 3
HAWAI'I        

Check out the 2017 All-Big West Honorees here.

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