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SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program heads to Hawai'i for its first Big West Conference road series of 2018 when squaring off with the Rainbow Wahine April 6-7. The series at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium gets underway with a 9 p.m. PT (6 p.m. HT) matchup on Friday, April 6 and closes with a 5 p.m. PT (2 p.m. HT) doubleheader on Saturday, April 7. Cal Poly (17-15, 1-2) earned its first Big West victory with a 2-1 home victory against UC Riverside (March 31). After the first weekend of Big West play, Cal Poly trails joint leaders Cal State Fullerton (18-19, 3-0) and No. 18 Long Beach State (29-7, 3-0) by two games in the conference standings. Hawai'i (16-16, 0-3), meanwhile, was swept at Long Beach State (March 30-31) to open its Big West schedule. Ten of the Rainbow Wahine's 16 victories have come at home this season.
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Live stats and streaming video for all three series games at Hawai'i will be available via GoPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS HAWAI'I: Since Hawai'i re-joined the Big West, Cal Poly holds a 4-2 mark at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium with the Mustangs producing a 2014 road sweep and one road win during the 2016 series. Cal Poly won two of three home games versus Hawai'i last season, but the Rainbow Wahine lead the all-time series, 11-8.
MARTIN CONTINUES TO SET THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE PACE: The Big West's leading fielder with a perfect mark through 32 games, sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin remains second in Cal Poly's lineup with a .337 (30-for-89) batting average while ranking eighth among conference players with 21 RBI. Also Cal Poly's leader with eight multi-hit games, six multi-RBI games and seven doubles, Martin has batted safely 23 times. Ranked eighth in program history with a career .309 (69-for-223) batting average, Martin is a .996 career fielder with just two errors in 79 college games.
CONVISSAR CAL POLY'S OFFENSIVE CATALYST: Cal Poly's leading returning hitter from a season ago, senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar has hit safely in a team best 25 of the program's first 32 games and enters Friday's matchup leading the Mustangs with 34 hits, eight multi-hit games and 50 total bases while ranking third with a .324 (34-for-105) bating average. Having reached base in all but four games this year, Convissar is also second in Cal Poly's lineup with 16 runs. A .282 (154-for-547) career hitter, Convissar has started 185 of a possible 196 games for Cal Poly.
HEYWARD KEEPS UP STELLAR CAREER: The second leading hitter in Cal Poly program history with a .336 (191-for-569) career average, senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward also ranks sixth all-time with 191 hits and 101 runs, ninth with 29 doubles and 10th with 252 total bases. A starter in 187 straight games, 194 of a possible 197 during her career and having missed just one game since the start of the 2015 season, Heyward is third in Cal Poly's lineup this year with 28 hits and six multi-hit games and fourth with a .318 (28-for-88) batting average. She has also reached base in 12 of Cal Poly's previous 13 matchups entering Friday's game at Hawai'i.
CHALMERS ONCE AGAIN A STANDOUT IN THE CIRCLE: Having earned a victory in eight of her last 10 starts and the March 26 Big West Pitcher of the Week honoree, senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers (12-5) ranks third among Big West pitchers in victories and complete games (12), fifth in opposing batting average (.227) and starts (17) and sixth in innings pitched (107.0) and strikeouts (77). Chalmers, who has struck out a season high eight hitters in wins against Maryland (Feb. 9) and North Dakota (March 9), has conceded just four earned runs during her last 23.2 innings. One of only five pitchers in Cal Poly's Division I history with 300-plus career strikeouts, Chalmers ranks fourth all-time with 341 strikeouts and 81 starts, fifth with 40 victories, sixth with 13 shutouts and 472.1 innings pitched and seventh with and 44 complete games and 95 appearances.
THE WINNING EDGE: Of Cal Poly's 17 victories this season, nine have been decided by two runs or fewer. Overall, the Mustangs are 8-3 in one-run decisions this season.
MUSTANGS FACE NATION'S FINEST ONCE MORE IN 2018: In what has become a hallmark of 14th-year head coach Jenny Condon's tenure, Cal Poly will again contest one of the more competitive schedules in Division I during the 2018 season. In total, five of Cal Poly's opening 16 games occurred against programs ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll (ranking from date of game).
ETC.: A March 4 victory versus Michigan State allowed the Mustangs to become just the third Cal Poly program in the Division I era (1994-) to achieve 600 victories at the Division I level (following Cal Poly's volleyball and baseball programs) … Cal Poly's 4-1 victory versus Marist (March 10) marked the program's 1,200th Division I game … 14th-year Mustang head coach Jenny Condon became just the fifth individual in the Big West's 34-year softball history to manage 700 games at a member program during the second game of Cal Poly's March 30 doubleheader versus UC Riverside.