FRESNO – Junior righthander Lindsey Chalmers (above) pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout and seventh-inning solo homers from sophomores Megan Nordin and Crimson Kaiser accounted for the difference Sunday afternoon as the Cal Poly softball program closed the Fresno State-hosted Bulldog Classic with a 2-0 win versus the hosts at Margie Wright Diamond.
Chalmers (4-2), who matched her career high in strikeouts, conceded a single to Fresno State designated player Malia Rivers to open the game before retiring the next 12 Bulldogs in order. No Fresno State batter advanced past second base against Chalmers, who walked just one hitter and stranded four baserunners.
Offensively, Cal Poly (8-6) produced four hits through the opening six innings, but failed to advance a baserunner past second until the top of the seventh, when Nordin belted her first career home run to center field with one out. On the next pitch from Fresno State starting righthander Kamalani Dung (7-3), Kaiser belted her first career homer to right center.
Chalmers then stranded two Bulldogs on base in the bottom of the seventh to close the game.
Cal Poly begins its 18-game home schedule at Bob Janssen Field with the March 3-5 Mustang Classic. Cal Poly opens its portion of the tournament on Friday, March 3 versus Middle Tennessee State (3 p.m.) and Sacred Heart (5:30 p.m.).