SAN LUIS OBISPO – Senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers (far right) pitched a complete-game, five-hit shutout during her final game at Bob Janssen Field on Sunday afternoon as the Cal Poly softball program closed its 16-game home schedule and a three-game series versus Big West Conference leader Cal State Fullerton with a 3-0 victory.
Cal Poly's Sunday victory snapped Cal State Fullerton's 10-game conference winning streak with the Mustangs (24-23, 8-10) also dealing the Titans (31-22, 16-2) just their second Big West defeat of the year. Coupled with a 4-0 victory at UC Davis by second-place Long Beach State (40-11, 14-4), Cal Poly's victory prevented Cal State Fullerton from clinching the Big West title on Sunday.
The Mustangs finished 11-5 at Bob Janssen Field in 2018.
During Sunday's matchup, Chalmers (19-9) stranded two Cal State Fullerton baserunners in scoring position to close the top of the first and Cal Poly latched onto a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar – who, on Sunday, became just the 18th player in Cal Poly's Division I history to reach 200 career games played – led off with double. Freshman right fielder Noellah Ramos followed with a sacrifice bunt to push Convissar to third. Two batters later, a throwing error by Titans third baseman Bryanna Ybarra brought home Convissar.
Two innings later, senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward doubled Cal Poly's lead with a one-out single through the right side of the infield which brought home senior center fielder Amanda Sandoval from second. The Mustangs then ran the lead to 3-0 as a bases-loaded infield single by sophomore designated player Shelby Jeffries scored Ramos.
After stranding the two Titans baserunners to close the first, Chalmers held Cal State Fullerton to one hit between the second and fourth innings. She allowed singles in the fifth and sixth innings without allowing a Titan into scoring position before stranding two more baserunners in the seventh to close her 47th career victory.
Sandoval and junior right fielder Crimson Kaiser each produced a game high two hits for Cal Poly.
Sunday's home finale marked senior second baseman Alejandra Garcia's 100th career appearance for the Mustangs
Cal Poly (24-23, 8-10) closes the 2018 regular season with a three-game, May 11-12 series at UC Santa Barbara. The series gets underway with a 3 p.m. matchup on Friday, May 11.