Cal State Fullerton, No. 20 Long Beach State, UC Riverside Head To Postseason
Softball Weekly Release No. 15
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
FULLERTON CLAIMS THIRD-STRAIGHT CROWN
Cal State Fullerton claimed its third-straight Big West title after going 2-1 versus UC Riverside last weekend in the final week of the regular season. This is the first time a program won three-straight titles since CSF won four-consecutive crowns from 2000-2003. The most regular season crowns won in succession was from 1988-1992 when Fresno State clinched five consecutive titles. CSF’s 18-3 record in league is its best mark since they went 20-1 in 2003.
TITANS NCAA TOURNAMENT BOUND
Fullerton will make its 28th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time. The Titans will head to the Los Angeles Regional in Westwood, Calif. woth the No. 3 Bruins as host. The 3-seeded Titans make their 2018 Regional debut against Texas State at 5:30 pm Friday.
LONG BEACH HEADS TO TEMPE
No. 20 Long Beach State will make its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the Beach heads to the Tempe Regional hosted by No. 6 Arizona State. At 42-12, the Beach recorded the sixth-most wins in program history and 2018 marks the ninth-time the Beach posted 40 wins. It is the first time the Beach reached the milestone since 2008.
BEACH STATE REMAINS IN TOP-20
For the eighth-straight week, Long Beach State has appeared in the top-20 in the national polls and has appeared in the top-25 for 11-straight weeks. The Beach also received votes a week prior to that. The Beach is currently 21 in the RPI.
UCR MAKES HISTORY WITH POSTEASON APPEARANCE
UC Riverside (33-22) is off to the postseason after being selected to the National Invitational Softball Championship Sunday evening. The Highlanders will head to Las Vegas, Nevada for first round regional action in its first-ever DI postseason appearance.
11 PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-REGION LISTS
As announced Thursday by the NFCA, 11 softball players received All-Region postseason honors. The 11 selections were split amongst two regions with most of the selections coming in the West. In that region, Long Beach State’s Cielo Meza and Taylor Rowland led the selections with first team status. Second team All-West accolades were haded to LBSU’s Naomi Hernandez and Hawaii’s Callee Heen, while Cal Poly’s Lindsey Chalmers, CSUN’s Savannah Horvath and the CSF duo of Julie Valenzuela and Deshea Hill earned spots on the third team.
In the Pacific region, UC Davis’ Brooke Yanez earned second team accolades. Third team honors went to UC Riverside’s Hailey Dolcini and Jenna Curtan.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2018 NFCA Division I All-American squads.
In all, 389 student-athletes from 164 programs received 2017 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades.