CSUF softball will host No. 18 Long Beach State to break tie for first in the Big West conference

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Deshea Hill and Taylor Dockins walking away from the field.
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CSUF softball will face No. 18 Long Beach State at home in a three-game series starting Friday. The two teams are the only undefeated ones left in Big West conference play.

The Titans have won six straight games and pitcher Sophie Frost credits their success to the hard work the team puts in during practice.

“We have fun but we do what we need to do outside of games to get better,” Frost said.

Long Beach State comes to Anderson Family Field with a 31-7 overall record and a 13-game winning streak. The 49ers are led by pitcher Cielo Meza, who leads the Big West in earned run average, strikeouts and wins.

Fullerton has played 28 of its 40 games this season at home, posting a 16-12 record. Frost said the team’s difficult nonconference schedule prepared them for the challenges of conference play.

“I think at this point we know not to look at the name on their jersey. It’s the same game we’ve been playing our entire lives. If we take it one pitch at a time, we’ll be fine,” Frost said.

Winning her last three starts has given Frost and catcher Julia Valenzuela greater confidence in themselves. Frost believes the duo is “unstoppable” when they step on the field together.

Valenzuela said the time spent together in the bullpen and as roommates bolsters their strength as a unit in games.

“We can talk to each other about things we need to work on,” Valenzuela said. “It’s not like I’m getting mad and telling her ‘This is what you need to do.’ We’re working to better each other.”

In the series against Cal State Northridge, Valenzuela recorded a hit in all three games and multiple hits in the first two. Valenzuela said the performance gave herself more confidence in her swing after recording only nine hits during the entire month of March.

“I’m just trying to simplify myself and work on the little things. When I go up to bat, I’m not thinking that much. I’m trying to be aggressive,” Valenzuela said.

On Friday at 6:00 p.m. the Titans will face Long Beach State at home and again on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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