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SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program plays two of its final three Big West Conference series at home, beginning with an April 27-28, three-game series against Long Beach State. The series at Bob Janssen Field gets underway with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 27 before closing with a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday, April 28. Despite having won just once in its previous five outings, Cal Poly (9-33, 3-9) sits just three games behind fourth-place Long Beach State (19-22, 6-6) in the Big West standings. The Mustangs are seeking their second successive top-half finish in the Big West standings. Long Beach State, which captured two of three games versus UC Santa Barbara last weekend, leads the Big West in batting average (.290), hits (327), RBI (193) and doubles (66).
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Max Milander returns to the mic to provide play-by-play of the Long Beach State series for GoPoly.com HERE … live stats will also be available for all three series games, as will streaming video of Saturday's doubleheader opener via goPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS LONG BEACH STATE: Cal Poly seeks its first series victory against the 49ers since sweeping a three-game set at Long Beach State in 2016. The Mustangs, however, have not won a home series versus Long Beach State since sweeping the 49ers in 2009. The 49ers, who won two of three games from Cal Poly in Long Beach last season, lead the Division I series, 45-27.
YOUNG PLACING FINISHING TOUCHES ON SUPERB CAREER: A starter in 183 of a possible 200 games for Cal Poly and a .992 career fielder with just nine collegiate errors in 1,074 chances, senior catcher Makenna Young (above) enters Saturday's doubleheader versus Long Beach State leading Cal Poly with career highs for hits (30), home runs (three), RBI (16) and total bases (44). Young, who had never batted higher than .214 in a season prior to this year, has hit safely 22 times. She also owns three of Cal Poly's four three-hit games and has posted one of only two four-RBI efforts.
MARTIN BUILDING ON STANDOUT CAREER: Cal Poly's leading hitter a year ago, first baseman Hailey Martin once again tops the Mustangs in batting average and with 30 hits while ranking second in the lineup with seven multi-hit games. Ranked 12th in program history with a .290 (114-for-393) batting average, Martin is a .988 career fielder with just 11 errors in 139 college games. She's also started 136 of a possible 151 games as a Mustang.
YAKIR SELECTED FOR ISRAEL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: Cal Poly's leadoff hitter in 34 of 42 games, senior third baseman Noa Yakir – the program's leader with eight doubles and eight multi-hit games – will have the opportunity to become the first Mustang to appear in the Olympic softball tournament as the senior was one of 12 initial players named in December to the Israel Women's National Team roster for qualifying tournaments in 2019. To reach its first Olympic tournament for the six-team, 2020 field in Tokyo, Israel first needs to finish as one of the top six nations at the European Softball Federation Championship (June 30-July 6, 2019). Those six countries, combined with the top two teams from the 2019 Africa Softball Championship, will play off for one spot at Tokyo 2020. Yakir's previous experience with the Israel National Team came last summer as she competed with Under-22 squad at the European Championship in Slovakia. She has also helped mentor and coach youth players in the organization.
ETC.: Senior third baseman Noa Yakir became the first Mustang in three years to finish a game 4-for-4 during Cal Poly's 4-0 home loss to Hawai'i (April 6). Previously, All-American Sierra Hyland posted a 4-for-4 performance versus St. Peter's on March 3, 2016 … Cal Poly head coach Jenny Condon became just the seventh coach in Big West Conference history to manage at least 300 conference games at a member program during a 5-0 loss at UC Davis (April 14).