FRESNO – Junior righthander Lindsey Chalmers struck out a career high nine Idaho State hitters without a walk in a complete-game, two-hitter, but a fifth-inning error helped undo the Cal Poly softball program Friday afternoon as the Mustangs dropped a 1-0 decision at the Fresno State-hosted Bulldog Classic.
The first seven outs recorded by Chalmers (2-2) were strikeouts as Idaho State (2-4) was kept to just one hit through the opening four innings. In the fifth, however, Bengals right fielder Haley Harrison led off by reaching on a fielding error from Cal Poly senior second baseman Ashley Tornio. After stealing second, Harrison moved to third through a groundout by third baseman Aubrey Creekmore before scoring on a two-out single from shortstop Kelsey Breer.
Offensively, Cal Poly (6-5) was held hitless until the fourth inning, when junior center fielder Amanda Sandoval and junior third baseman Stephanie Heyward led off with successive singles. A sacrifice bunt laid down by senior left fielder Courtney Tyler moved two Mustangs into scoring position before senior designated player Sierra Hyland was intentionally walked to load the bases. Freshman first baseman Hailey Martin produced a grounder, but Sandoval was thrown out at home plate. Sophomore catcher Makenna Young then flew out to end Cal Poly's best threat.
Chalmers – who threw 78.3 percent of her 83 pitches for strikes – retired Idaho State in order in the sixth, but Cal Poly stranded two baserunners in the top of the seventh to end the game.
Cal Poly continues Bulldog Classic action on Saturday, Feb. 25 versus No. 12 Minnesota (11:30 a.m.) and Idaho State (2:30 p.m.).