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SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program opens its lengthiest home stand of 2018 – six games – when hosting UC Davis for a three-game, April 14-15 series at Bob Janssen Field. The series opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 and closes with a 1 p.m. single matchup on Sunday, April 15. Looking to snap a three-game slide, Cal Poly (17-18, 1-5) enters the week trailing joint first-place programs Cal State Fullerton (21-19, 6-0) and No. 18 Long Beach State (32-7, 6-0) by five games in the Big West Conference standings. The Mustangs need just three more victories at Bob Janssen Field to reach 200 total wins in the 18-year history of the complex. UC Davis (21-14, 3-3), which dropped two of three home games versus UC Santa Barbara last weekend, slipped into a third-place tie in the standings alongside Hawai'i.
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Max Milander returns to the mic to provide play-by-play of the UC Davis series for GoPoly.com HERE. The pre-game show begins at 12:45 p.m. both afternoons. Live stats from all three series games and streaming video from Saturday's series opener will also be available via GoPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS UC DAVIS: Cal Poly has taken two of three series games from UC Davis in each of the last three years and now leads the all-time series, 23-16. As part of last year's series in Davis, Cal Poly edged the Aggies in 13 innings, 8-7 (April 29, 2017). During that matchup – Cal Poly's lengthiest in eight years – the Mustangs overturned a 7-0 deficit in a game that featured 31 hits, 24 stranded baserunners and six pitchers.
MARTIN CONTINUES TO SET THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE PACE: The Big West's leading fielder with a perfect mark through 35 games, sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin remains second in Cal Poly's lineup with a .330 (32-for-97) batting average while ranking ninth among conference players with 23 RBI. Also Cal Poly's leader with nine multi-hit games, seven multi-RBI games and eight doubles, Martin has batted safely 24 times. Ranked eighth in program history with a career .307 (71-for-231) batting average, Martin is a .996 career fielder with just two errors in 82 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 26 of the program's 35 games and enters Saturday's doubleheader leading the Mustangs with 35 hits and 50 total bases while ranking fourth with a .304 (35-for-115) bating average. Having reached base in all but six games this year, Convissar is also second in Cal Poly's lineup with 16 runs. A .278 (155-for-557) career hitter, Convissar has started 188 of a possible 199 games for Cal Poly.
HEYWARD KEEPS UP STELLAR CAREER: The second leading hitter in Cal Poly program history with a .334 (193-for-577) career average, senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward also ranks fifth all-time with 193 hits, sixth with 102 runs, ninth with 29 doubles and ninth with 254 total bases. A starter in 190 straight games, 197 of a possible 200 during her career and having missed just one game since the start of the 2015 season, Heyward needs only two more appearances to become just the 16th player in the program's Division I history with 200 games played. This season, Heyward is third in Cal Poly's lineup with 30 hits and six multi-hit games and third with a .313 (30-for-96) batting average. She has also reached base in 15 of Cal Poly's previous 16 matchups entering Saturday's doubleheader.
CHALMERS ONCE AGAIN A STANDOUT IN THE CIRCLE: Having earned a victory in eight of her last 12 starts and the March 26 Big West Pitcher of the Week honoree, senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers (12-7) ranks third among Big West pitchers in victories and complete games (13), fifth in opposing batting average (.230) and starts (19), sixth in innings pitched (113.0) and seventh in 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 eight earned runs during her last 29.2 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 83 starts, fifth with 40 victories, sixth with 13 shutouts and 478.1 innings pitched and seventh with and 45 complete games and 97 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 8-5 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 … Cal Poly's 11-0, five-inning loss at Hawai'i (April 7) marked the program's first Big West Conference run-rule defeat since an 8-0, five-inning loss at UC Riverside (April 27, 2013).