March Means Spring Break And More Softball For Big West Clubs
Big West Softball Weekly Release No. 6
With spring break getting underway around the league, there is no break from softball as tournament play continues for Big West clubs.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
SHE WILL BE PERFECT
UC Davis lefty Brooke Yanez had herself a day in the circle against rival Sacramento State last week. The sophomore threw the first perfect game in Aggie Division I history, striking out 10 while facing the minimum over seven innings on 93 pitches. Yanez is believed to have thrown the first UCD perfect game in nearly 25 years as the previous one on record was accomplished on March 1, 1993 by Julie Astrachan.
The calendar turning to March has brought a winning formula to UC Riverside. The club has won a season-best seven games in a row, all of which have come in the friendly confines of Amy S. Harrison Field. The Highlanders have been an offensive juggernaut during the streak, averaging 5.0 runs per game while also picking up four shut outs.
MASH MASH MASH
Two teams have made it a habit of hitting the ball out of the yard better than any other team so far. Cal State Fullerton and Hawai’i have each hit 22 home runs, with the slight edge going to the ‘Bows since they’ve recorded that number in three less games.
THERE WREN YOU NEED A RUN
Long Beach State senior Jamie Wren has been an offensive stud for the ballclub. The outfielder is hitting .347 with five homers, 27 RBI, two triples, four doubles and 15 runs scored. Her .667 slugging percentage is fifth in the Big West, while her RBI total is tops. Wren has shown an ability to rack up RBI numbers in bunches as she has two five RBI games.
HARD TO WHIFF
Two players in the Big West have made an artform out of not striking out. Long Beach State’s Alyssa Gonzalez strikes out once every 21.7 at-bats, while Sammy Fabian of UC Santa Barbara strikes out once every 20.0 at-bats. They are the lone players in the league to post an at-bat to strikeout ratio of 20-1.
BOOK HER FOR EXTRA BASES
CSUN’s Megan Stevens is absolutely raking the ball with a .485 batting average, but she’s not just a slap hitter. Stevens has recorded 32 hits on the year with 19 (12 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR) of them going for extra bases. Her 12 doubles leads the NCAA while her .970 slugging percentage is the 11th-best figure in the nation.