SAN LUIS OBISPO – Highlighted by the selection of senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers and senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward (above) to the All-Big West first team, five Cal Poly softball players earned postseason conference honors on Tuesday afternoon.
Joining Chalmers and Heyward among Cal Poly's selections was senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar, who earned All-Big West second team recognition. Sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin was recognized as an honorable mention selection while freshman righthander Dakota Casper was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team.
Chalmers (top row, left), also an All-Big West first team selection last season, finished the year ranked second among conference players in victories (19) and complete games (19), third in starts (29), fourth in innings pitched (177.1), fifth in opposing batting average (.232) and seventh in strikeouts (98). A three-time Big West Pitcher of the Week honoree, Chalmers threw her first career no-hitter in a 1-0 victory against UC Davis (April 14) and struck out a season high eight hitters in wins against Maryland (Feb. 9) and North Dakota (March 9). One of only five pitchers in Cal Poly's Division I history with 300-plus career strikeouts, Chalmers retires ranked second all-time with 93 starts, fourth with 362 strikeouts, 16 shutouts and 108 appearances, fifth with 48 victories and 542.2 innings pitched and sixth with 51 complete games.
One of the top hitters in Cal Poly program history and now a three-time All-Big West honoree, Heyward (top row, center) batted .312 (44-for-141) in 2018, finished second in the lineup with 44 hits and third with 10 multi-hit games. Named to the All-Big West first team in 2016 and the second team in 2015, Heyward ranks second in program history with a .333 career batting average, third with 207 hits and 11 triples, fourth with 107 runs, sixth with 622 at-bats, seventh with 272 total bases and ninth with 31 doubles. Heyward, who finished her career with 205 straight starts, also ranks third all-time with 213 appearances.
Convissar (top row, right), an All-Big West second team honoree last season, ranked second among conference hitters with four triples and sixth with 11 doubles while leading Cal Poly with 48 hits, 13 multi-hit games, 73 total bases and 26 runs. She was also third in Cal Poly's lineup with a .291 (48-for-165) bating average. A .277 career hitter, Convissar ranks third all-time with 35 sacrifice hits, seventh with 203 appearances and seven triples, eighth with 89 runs and ninth with 28 doubles.
Martin (bottom row, left), named to the Big West All-Freshman Team last spring, led Cal Poly with a .315 (45-for-143) batting average, 13 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games while ranking sixth among conference players with 11 doubles. Her .997 fielding percentage also led Cal Poly and ranked as the second highest mark in the Big West. After just two seasons, Martin is ninth in program history with a 303 career batting average.
Casper (bottom row, right), who posted the second lowest ERA in Big West games at 1.83, earned her first collegiate complete-game victory during Cal Poly's May 12 season finale win at UC Santa Barbara. Her 2.95 ERA ranked 11th overall in the Big West.