May 11, 2011
With just three games to play in the 2011 regular season, the Pacific softbal team is on the verge of their first-ever Big West championship as the Tigers hold a one game lead over Long Beach State. Heading to San Luis Obispo, Calif. to take on the Cal Poly Mustangs, the Tigers' magic number sits at two as they hold the tie-breaker on the 49ers after defeating Long Beach State, 2-1, in their season series to open Big West Conference play.
14-4 in the Big West, the Tigers have won all six series they have played thus far in the season including picking up a pair of sweeps over UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara at home. On the road, Pacific is 6-3 in conference action and 9-6 overall on the season in true away contests. As a team the Tigers are hitting .307 on the road in conference play and sports a 2.50 ERA. Junior Nicole Matson has been on fire away from home in conference play as she is hitting .519 with 12 RBI and nine runs scored. Sophomore Nikki Armagost is 5-0 on the road in conference play and sports a 0.43 ERA in 32.2 innings pitched. Armagost is coming off of her second Big West Pitcher of the Week award after picking up a pair of wins over UC Santa Barbara last week.
Standing in Pacific's way are the Mustangs who enter the week with the momentum of their first conference series win after taking two of three at UC Davis last weekend. Overall, Cal Poly is 10-34 and 6-12 in the Big West. All-time, the Tigers hold a 33-20 edge on the Mustangs, however, Cal Poly has been in control of the series as of late including a 2-1 series win over Pacific at Bill Simoni Field last season.