SAN LUIS OBISPO – Senior catcher Makenna Young, junior first baseman Hailey Martin and junior righthander Steffi Best each earned All-Big West Conference honorable mention praise for the 2019 season on Tuesday afternoon while a fourth Mustang – left fielder Lily Amos – was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team.
Young (far left), earning the first All-Big West honor of her career, led Cal Poly this season with career highs for home runs (three), doubles (nine), RBI (20) and total bases (55) while ranking second with 37 hits. Young, who hit safely 27 times, produced three of Cal Poly's six three-hit games this past year. As part of a two-homer game versus Utah State (March 9), Young produced a team single game high of four RBI and a Big West high for total bases (10). A starter in 50 of 51 games, Young posted a .977 fielding percentage behind the plate and threw out a Big West leading 15 baserunners.
A .992 career fielder and a starter in 192 of a possible 209 games, Young departs Cal Poly ranked 12th all-time with eight homers.
Martin (middle left), who also received All-Big West honorable mention recognition last spring, batted .275 (39-for-142) while leading Cal Poly in hits and multi-hit games (nine) and ranking second with 49 total bases. Aside from posting a .979 fielding percentage, Martin led the Big West by having helped turn 16 double plays and ranked second with 357 putouts.
Among Big West pitchers, Best (middle right) finished second with 29 starts, sixth with 153.0 innings pitched and seventh with 34 appearances. She produced five-plus strikeouts in a game four times, topping out with a career high six against Hawai'i (April 6). She also tossed her first career one-hitter during a 1-0 victory at UC Davis (April 13).
Amos (far right), who became Cal Poly's third successive Big West All-Freshman Team selection following righthander Dakota Casper (2018) and Martin (2017), started 35 times, co-led Cal Poly with three homers and finished second in the lineup with 17 RBI. She reached base in 12 successive games to close the season – the lengthiest streak by a Mustang in 2019.