Senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers allowed five hits in a shutout effort and sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin delivered the winning blow with a third-inning, run-scoring single as the Cal Poly softball program completed a three-game sweep of CSUN with a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Bob Janssen Field.
With the sweep – Cal Poly’s first of a Big West opponent since taking three games from UC Riverside on May 13-14, 2016 – the Mustangs (22-19, 6-6) moved into a third-place tie in the conference standings alongside UC Davis (the Aggies fell to UC Riverside earlier Sunday, 3-2).
During Sunday’s matchup, Chalmers (17-7) kept CSUN to one hit through the first two innings. The Matadors, however, received third-inning base hits from center fielder Kira Cauley and designated player Juliana Martinez and, with CSUN runners at first and second, third baseman Jessica Alexander singled up the middle. Cal Poly center fielder Amanda Sandoval came up throwing though and Cauley was tagged out by Mustang catcher Makenna Young.
Cal Poly, meanwhile, was limited to just two baserunners over the first two innings by CSUN starting righthander Jillian James (7-17) before senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar led off the third with a double. Freshman left fielder Noellah Ramos followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Convissar to third before James walked senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward. Martin then drove a base hit through the right side of the infield to score Convissar for the 1-0 lead.
Handed the lead, Chalmers retired six of the next seven batters faced without a hit. Into the sixth and with Matador first baseman Mackenzie Babbitt on second, Chalmers intentionally walked CSUN’s top two hitters – shortstop Savannah Horvath and right fielder Megan Stevens – either side of a groundout by left fielder Journey Rojas. Chalmers then forced a groundout from second baseman Haileigh Gonzalez to strand the bases loaded and preserve Cal Poly’s 1-0 lead.
Chalmers closed the matchup by striking out third baseman Jessica Alexander with two Matadors in scoring position.
Convissar and Young led Cal Poly with two hits apiece.
Cal Poly continues play with a three-game, April 28-29 series at No. 18 Long Beach State. The series opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 28.
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