Red Hot Baseball and Softball Ready for Big West

  • Zoe Conley.

    Freshman Zoe Conley is 11-3 with a 1.48 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. She's been named Big West Pitcher of the Week twice so far this season. Photo by CSUN Athletics.

  • Calvin Copping

    Calvin Copping is 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA .Photo by CSUN Athletics.

  • Katie Hooper.

    Katie Hooper has been a one-woman wrecking crew, hitting .410 with 10 homers and 36 RBI in 33 games. Photo by CSUN Athletics.

  • Chester Pak

    Chester Pak is hitting .344 with six home runs and 20 RBI through 25 games for the Matadors. Photo by CSUN Athletics.

  • Taylor Glover.

    Taylor Glover is hitting .407 with a team-leading 21 stolen bases and 33 runs scored for the Matadors.

  • Yusuke Akitoshi.

    Yusuke Akitoshi has a .315 average with 15 runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases for the Matadors. Photo by CSUN Athletics.

  • Brianna Elder.

    Brianna Elder is 10-3 with a 2.02 ERA. Photo by CSUN Athletics.

  • Rayne Raven

    Rayne Raven is 4-1 with a sparkling 1.02 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 34.1 innings. Photo by CSUN Athletics.

  • Savannah Horvath.

    Savannah Horvath is hitting .344 with seven home runs and 27 RBI for the Matadors. Photo by CSUN Athletics.

  • Nick Blaser has been clutch at the plate and is second on the Matadors with 17 RBI.

  • Taylor Nate.

    Taylor Nate is hitting .323 with five home runs, 21 RBI and nine stolen bases. Photo by CSUN Athletics.

The CSUN Baseball and Softball teams are done with the preliminaries, and they’re ready for what looks like some hot Big West Conference action starting March 27 here at their respective diamonds at California State University, Northridge.

The Matador Softball team (25-9) is directed by Coach Tairia Flowers, who has a stellar one-two punch on the mound with Brianna Elder (10-3, 2.02 ERA, 122 strikeouts in 100.1 innings) and two-time Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week freshman Zoe Conley (11-3, 1.48 ERA). Leading the way offensively are Katie Hooper (.410 average, 10 homers and 36 RBI) and Taylor Glover (.407, 33 runs and 21 stolen bases). The Matadors host a final non-conference game against UCLA on March 26 at 2 p.m. before opening Big West play against Cal Poly with a weekend series that starts with a doubleheader on March 28 at noon.

CSUN Baseball is bouncing back in 2015 with a 19-6 mark after going 18-38 in 2014 in Coach Greg Moore’s first year with the Matadors. Chester Pak is batting a sizzling .344 with six home runs, 20 RBI and 24 runs scored, all team highs, and Yusuke Akitoshi is hitting .315 with 15 runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases. On the mound Rayne Raven is 4-1 with a 1.02 ERA, with a 16-strikeout performance on Feb. 14. Calvin Copping is 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA.

The Big West Conference is plenty excited about the upcoming season, as evidenced by this video to promote baseball.

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