FULLERTON, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton is set to host Cal Poly for their final weekend at home of the 2019 regular season. It will be a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday, also at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday will be Senior Day as we celebrate both Gretchen Hom and Ari Williams with a post-doubleheader celebration honoring both. Sunday will be "No One Fights Alone" day in honor of Taylor Dockins' fight against cancer.
All-Time Series: CSF leads 46-32
Last Ten Games: CSF 8-2
Last Year's Results: CSF 3-0, CSF 4-0, CP 3-0
Fullerton (32-16, 12-3 Big West) is coming off another huge series victory taking two of three at UC Davis. With the series win, the Titans have now won 12 straight Big West Conference series and 23 of their last 26 going back four years. They currently sit in first place in the Big West standings with a one-game lead over Hawai'i.
Going into the second to last weekend, the Titans rank in the top two in virtually every statistical category including first in average (.316), slugging percentage (.472), runs (78), RBI (73), triples (3), total bases (187), hit by pitch (12), sac bunts (17), and stolen bases (16). They also lead the conference with a .979 overall fielding percentage, a mark that ranks fourth in the entire NCAA. The pitching has also been phenomenal for the Titans since conference started ranking second with a 2.02 ERA, .229 opponent average, and 70 strikeouts.
Individually, Dani Martinez has been the headliner for the Titans going 7-2 in 14 appearances with a 1.11 ERA in 57 innings of work in the circle. This season she has earned two Pitcher of the Week awards and four Freshman of the Week awards. The offense since conference started has been led by the bottom of the lineup in Kelsie Whitmore and Julia Valenzuela. The two juniors lead the team with a .400 batting average and sport a .475 OBP and a .462 OBP respectively. With the bottom two in the order constantly getting on-base, the top of the order has been key in driving in runs as Alexa Neil, Ari Williams, and Deshea Hill all lead the way with 11 RBI each.
Cal Poly (10-35, 4-11 Big West) sits in second to last in the Big West standings and have been eliminated from contention this season. The Mustangs are coming off a series loss to Long Beach State dropping the final two games of the season to the 49ers.
As a team, Cal Poly has struggled at the plate only hitting .196 in conference play. The offense is led by Lily Amos who is the only one above .300 currently hitting .302 in conference play. She also leads the team in home runs and RBI as well. In the circle, the pitching staff has been decent sporting a 3.19 ERA in 101 innings allowing opponents to hit .299 against them. Steffi Best leads the pitching staff with nine appearances sporting a 1.79 ERA in 58.2 innings of work.
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