Senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers tossed a complete-game, four-hitter in her 100th career appearance and senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward produced a game high three hits to become just the fourth player in program history to reach 200 for a career as the Cal Poly softball program opened a Saturday doubleheader and three-game series versus CSUN with a 5-2 victory. Cal Poly completed the sweep with a 3-2, come-from-behind win in game No. 2 capped by senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar’s one-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
During Saturday’s opening victory – Cal Poly’s 200th in the 18-year history of Bob Janssen Field – the Mustangs (21-19, 5-6) grabbed the only lead of the matchup at the first opportunity. After Convissar, Cal Poly’s leadoff hitter, reached on a throwing error by CSUN shortstop Savannah Horvath and freshman left fielder Noellah Ramos advanced her to second with a sacrifice bunt, Heyward opened up a 1-0 lead with a double to left center.
The Mustangs returned in the second to load the bases with one out before CSUN starting righthander Taylor Troost (8-11) uncorked a wild pitch that scored senior center fielder Amanda Sandoval for a 2-0 Cal Poly lead.
Cal Poly then ran its lead to 4-0 in the fourth as sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin and junior right fielder Crimson Kaiser strung together successive two-out, run-scoring hits.
After conceding CSUN’s opening hit with one down in the top of the first, Chalmers (16-7) retired 12 of the next 15 Matador hitters faced without allowing a hit. She yielded a second hit with one down in the fifth before CSUN scored its only runs in the sixth through a two-run homer from right fielder Megan Stevens.
Cal Poly, however, added its fifth and final run in the bottom half of the sixth as Kaiser scored Heyward with a sacrifice fly.
Cal Poly’s 12-hit outburst during game No. 1 marked the program’s second highest total of the year after producing a season high 13 during a 9-6 victory versus Santa Clara (Feb. 24).
During Saturday’s second victory, Cal Poly starting sophomore righthander Dakota Casper allowed just one hit through the opening two and two-thirds innings before designated player Jessica Alexander placed CSUN up 1-0 with a homer to left center field.
Meanwhile, CSUN starting righthander Jillian James (7-16) faced the minimum number of Mustang batters through the first 11 spots before Heyward tripled. James, however, forced a Martin groundout to end the fourth before retiring Cal Poly in order during the fifth.
CSUN then doubled its lead in the top half of the sixth against Mustang sophomore reliever Shelby Jeffries as second baseman Haileigh Gonzalez brought home Horvath with a sacrifice fly.
Heyward’s triple stood as Cal Poly’s lone hit until the sixth, when senior second baseman Alejandra Garcia produced a leadoff single and Convissar followed with a one-out, run-scoring double. Ramos then singled before James intentionally walked Heyward to load the bases. James struck out Martin, but Kaiser drew a full-count walk to force home Ramos to knot the game, 2-2.
Cal Poly required just one more inning to produce the come-from-behind win. Junior catcher Makenna Young led off the bottom half of the seventh with a double to left center before moving to third on a Sandoval base hit. Convissar then drove a single through the right side of the infield to score Young for the game-winning run.
Chalmers picked up her second win of Saturday after tossing the top of the seventh.
Cal Poly and CSUN complete the three-game series on Sunday, April 22 with a 1 p.m. matchup.
-Provided by Cal Poly