A Look Back At The 2018 Softball Season
Big West Softball Weekly Release - Final
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
UCR MAKES HISTORY WITH POSTEASON APPEARANCE
In its first-ever postseason appearance, UC Riverside swept its competition in the Regional round of the National Invitational Softball Championship in Las Vegas Nev.. The Highlanders only allowed one run all weekend after run-ruling Nevada 10-0, host UNLV 2-0 and the Rebels a second time 7-1 in the championship. UCR then advanced to the championship in Los Angeles, Calif. on the campus of Loyola Marymount. The Highlanders went 2-2 at the championship, defeating Eastern Kentucky twice and falling to host LMU twice.
FULLERTON’S SEASON COMES TO AN END IN LA
Cal State Fullerton’s season came to an end Sunday at the Los Angeles Regional, after falling to No. 3 UCLA 3-0 and 6-4 in games 6 and 7, respectively. The Titans end the year with a 35-25 overall mark after making its third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Fullerton and UCLA were the only programs to play in a regional game 7. The Bruins have ended the Titans’ season the last three years in the postseason.
2016: No. 13 UCLA def. CSF, 5-4
2017: No. 5 UCLA def. CSF, 9-1
2018: No. 3 UCLA def. CSF, 6-4
The Big West still looks for its first trip to the NCAA Super Regionals since 2007. Fullerton was the last squad to advance out of a Regional.
LONG BEACH FALLS IN NCAA REGIONAL
In its 24th overall apparance in the NCAA Tournament, Long Beach State was eliminated in the NCAA Regional after falling in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Ole Miss.
BIG YEAR AT THE BEACH
At 43-14, 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. LBSU also set team records with 486 hits and 91 doubles while matching the program’s best ever average at the plate at .306. The Beach was just eight doubles shy of matching the Big West single season program record in the category. Cal State Fullerton owns the mark with 99 doubles in 1999.
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.
11 PLAYERS NAMED TO NFCA 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.