Cal Poly (18-21, 8-4 Big West), which has opened Big West play with four consecutive two-to-one series wins and has won 10 of its last 15 games after an 8-16 start to the 2017 season, continues a stretch of five non-conference contests in eight days, visiting UCLA (19-18, 10-8 Pac-12) for a three-game series Friday through Sunday inside Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Fresno State scored three runs in both the first and third innings and five Bulldog pitchers made them stand up for a 6-3 victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night before 1,325 inside Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly softball righthander Sierra Hyland became the first Mustang to be selected in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft in eight years on Monday afternoon as the senior was taken with the fourth overall selection by the defending champion Chicago Bandits.
Center fielder Alex McKenna manufactured his second career four-hit game, Spencer Howard picked up his third win and Michael Clark earned his sixth save as Cal Poly clinched its Big West Conference series against No. 8 Cal State Fullerton with an 8-4 victory Sunday afternoon inside Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly (18-20, 8-4 Big West), which has opened Big West play with four consecutive two-to-one series wins and has won 10 of its last 14 games after an 8-16 start to the 2017 season, steps away from its conference schedule for five non-conference contests over the next eight days, beginning with Fresno State (19-20, 9-9 Mountain West) on Tuesday night inside Baggett Stadium (cap.: 2,800).
Bidding for its first Big West Conference women's golf title in the 17-year history of the program, Cal Poly has a seven-stroke advantage over defending champion UC Riverside entering Monday's second round of play.
Junior center fielder Amanda Sandoval provided the Cal Poly softball program a brief 2-1 lead with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the sixth inning, but CSUN notched single runs in the bottom halves of the sixth and seventh to overtake the Mustangs in Sunday's series finale at Matador Diamond, 3-2.
Each of Cal Poly's nine starting position players produced at least one hit in an 18-hit offensive attack and senior right-hander Slater Lee earned his fourth win as the Mustangs evened their Big West baseball series against Cal State Fullerton with a 13-6 triumph Saturday night before 2,850 inside Baggett Stadium.
Senior righthander Sierra Hyland struck out eight CSUN hitters in a complete-game, two-hitter and become the first pitcher in the 33-year history of Big West Conference softball to record 900-plus career strikeouts, but the Cal Poly softball program opened a Saturday doubleheader and three-game series at CSUN by dropping a 4-3 decision. The Mustangs, however, received a complete-game, five-hitter with four strikeouts from junior righthander Lindsey Chalmers in game No. 2 as the Mustangs prevailed, 2-0.
Cal Poly (16-19, 6-3 Big West), which has opened Big West play with two-to-one series wins against UC Irvine, Hawai'i and UC Davis and has won eight of its last 11 games after an 8-16 start, resumes Big West competition this weekend with a three-game series against No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (23-12, 5-1 Big West) inside Baggett Stadium.
Bradlee Beesley pounded out four hits for the second time in his young Cal Poly career and Erich Uelmen allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings, but No. 8 Cal State Fullerton erased a 4-1 deficit with a trio of two-run rallies and beat the Mustangs 7-4 in the opening game of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series Friday night before 1,798 inside Baggett Stadium.
Freshman third baseman Bradley Beesley drove in four runs with two hits, sophomore center fielder Alex McKenna hit his third home run of the year and Cal Poly scored 10 times in the first three innings and coasted to a 10-2 victory over CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday night.
Miranda Daschian and Sean McDermott, each of whom won the 2016 individual California Community College Athletic Association state cross country titles for Cuesta College in November, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at Cal Poly.
Junior Sophie Bergland, who earned her first collegiate tournament victory last week at the Bobcat Desert Invitational in Goodyear, Arizona, has been selected as the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week.