Senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers struck out three and faced just two UC Davis hitters over the minimum in throwing her first career no-hitter Saturday afternoon as the Cal Poly softball program opened a doubleheader and three-game series against the Aggies with a 1-0 win at Bob Janssen Field. Despite a complete-game, five-hitter from freshman righthander Dakota Casper in game No. 2, Cal Poly dropped the back end of the doubleheader, 1-0.
During Saturday’s opening victory, Cal Poly (18-19, 2-6) was kept to just one baserunner and no hits through the opening two innings before UC Davis starting righthander Brooke Yanez (12-6) struck Mustang senior second baseman Alejandra Garcia to begin the bottom of the third. Freshman pinch runner Sarah Wulff then advanced to second base on a passed ball by Aggie catcher Riley Siegel and third through a sacrifice bunt by senior center fielder Amanda Sandoval before scoring the only run of the game on a double to left center by senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar.
Chalmers (13-7), meanwhile, set down the first 12 Aggie hitters in order. A fielding error from Convissar on a grounder by UC Davis second baseman Isabella Leon to lead off the fifth negated the perfect game, but the next batter – right fielder Frankie Mendoza – hit into a double play attempting a sacrifice bunt. Chalmers then struck out Aggie first baseman Maddie Rojas to keep the minimum number of hitters faced through five innings intact.
Chalmers retired UC Davis in order for the sixth time during the sixth and, after recording the initial two outs in the seventh, she hit Siegel before walking Leon. Chalmers, however, struck out Mendoza on four pitches to complete the no-hitter.
Chalmers threw 71 percent of her 92 pitches for strikes to produce her ninth victory in the last 13 starts.
The no-hitter was the first hitless performance by a Mustang pitcher since righthander Sierra Hyland threw a perfect game during a 9-0, six-inning victory versus Weber State on May 22, 2017.
During Saturday’s second matchup, UC Davis (22-15, 4-4) struck for the game’s only run in the top of the first inning. Center fielder Alyse Rojas produced the first Aggie hit of the day with a leadoff single and UC Davis eventually loaded the bases with two down versus Casper (1-7). Maddie Rojas then slapped a grounder to Cal Poly sophomore baseman Hailey Martin who tripped after fielding the ball and spilled it out of her mitt. The misstep allowed Leon to score for the 1-0 Aggie lead.
Following the first inning, Casper – who struck out two – allowed just two more UC Davis hits and didn’t let an Aggie baserunner past first. She retired the Aggies in order during the second and third innings.
Offensively, Cal Poly produced just three hits versus UC Davis starting righthander Katie Kibby (9-6) with freshman left fielder Noellah Ramos singling with one down in the first and Sandoval singling with two down in the third. Playing her 200th career game at Cal Poly, senior third base Stephanie Heyward’s seventh-inning single was her 195th hit as a Mustang to move into fourth place all-time.
The Mustangs, however, never moved a baserunner into scoring position versus Kibby.
Cal Poly closes the three-game series versus UC Davis with a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday, April 15.
-Provided by Cal Poly