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Cal Poly Softball Tops No. 17 Long Beach State 4-1 to Close Series

Cal Poly Softball Tops No. 17 Long Beach State 4-1 to Close Series

LONG BEACH – Senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers allowed four hits in six and one-third innings and junior catcher Makenna Young swatted her first home run of the season as the Cal Poly softball program earned its first victory against a ranked opponent in 2018 by closing a three-game series at No. 17 Long Beach State with a 4-1 win at 49ers Softball Complex.

Cal Poly (23-21, 7-8), playing its fifth ranked opponent of 2018, produced its first victory against a top 25 program since twice defeating then-No. 9 Oklahoma last season

During Sunday's matchup, Cal Poly grabbed the game's only lead at the first opportunity. Senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar earned a leadoff walk in the first before senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward reached on a fielding error by 49ers second baseman Grayce Majam and sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin singled. Long Beach State starting righthander Cielo Meza (20-4) then uncorked a wild pitch that rolled down the first-base side of the backstop and scored Convissar.

From the other dugout, Chalmers (18-8) stranded a Long Beach State runner to close the first inning and two more to end the second after striking out left fielder Jamie Wren.

After Chalmers retired Long Beach State in order to end the third, Cal Poly returned in the top half of the fourth to load the bases with three successive singles against 49ers reliever Devyn Magnett. Convissar hit into a fielder's choice that forced pinch runner Sarah Wulff out at home, but Magnett unleashed a wild pitch on her next attempt that plated junior Megan Nordin. Another fielding error by Majam at second then scored senior center fielder Amanda Sandoval to run Cal Poly's lead to 3-0.

With Cal Poly's advantage tripled, Chalmers stranded two more 49ers in the fourth before Young homered with one down in the top of the fifth to cement the final scoreline.

Chalmers, whose 18 victories now rank as the fifth highest single season total in Cal Poly's Division I history, left one more on to close the fifth. In the sixth, she stranded 49ers at the corners bases.

Long Beach State scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh after Cal Poly freshman righthander Dakota Casper – who earned her first career save after recording the final two outs – walked in a run.

With her Sunday start, Sandoval became just the 17th player in Cal Poly's Division I history to reach 200 career games played.

Cal Poly closes its 16-game home schedule at Bob Janssen Field when hosting Big West Conference leader Cal State Fullerton for a May 5-6 series. The three-game set begins with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, May 5.