NORTHRIDGE – Senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers (above) retired the first 12 hitters faced Saturday morning en route to a complete-game victory as the Cal Poly softball program – aided by seven Pacific errors – opened the CSUN-hosted Matador Classic with a 6-3 victory. The Mustangs, however, were unable to complete the doubleheader sweep as Cal Poly stranded 10 baserunners in a 2-1 afternoon loss to Georgia Tech.
During Saturday's opening victory versus Pacific (10-20), Chalmers (10-4) retired the Tigers in order to begin the top of the first and Cal Poly (15-13) grabbed the only lead of the matchup in the bottom half as sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin tucked a single inside the first base bag to score senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward.
Cal Poly stranded the bases loaded to close the second before tacking on four more runs in the bottom half of the third to take a 5-0 lead. With two Mustangs on and two down, Pacific second baseman Talli Shepherd fielded a grounder from junior catcher Makenna Young and threw wide of first base. The miscue allowed freshman pinch runner Sarah Wulff to score the second run of the game and, with two Mustangs still on, Pacific starting righthander Marissa Young (2-6) walked three successive hitters to force home two more runs. Freshman left fielder Noellah Ramos completed the scoring with an RBI single for the 5-0 advantage.
Chalmers, meanwhile, retired the 12 successive Tigers to open the game before Pacific first baseman Sydney Lahners homered to lead off the top of the fifth. Chalmers allowed two more hits in the fifth before retiring Pacific in order during the sixth. Pacific added its two final runs in the top of the seventh after catcher Rachel Sellers homered with one down and designated player Starr Vang produced a two-out, run-scoring single to right center.
Cal Poly's final and sixth run came in the bottom half of the sixth following two more Pacific errors.
During Saturday's second matchup versus Georgia Tech (18-10), Cal Poly starting freshman righthander Dakota Collins scattered four hits through the opening two innings before the Yellow Jackets pushed across the game's opening run in the top half of the third through a run-scoring double by first baseman Katie Krzus.
The Mustangs, however, tied the matchup at the first opportunity with Heyward lining her second hit of the game through the right side of the infield to plate senior center fielder Amanda Sandoval.
The Yellow Jackets then returned in the top of the fourth with the eventual winning run as left fielder Cameron Stanford drove home second baseman Lilly Hooper for the 2-1 advantage.
Cal Poly enjoyed multiple opportunities to equalize in the latter innings. During the fifth, Heyward produced a two-out single before sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin drew a full-count walk. Junior right fielder Crimson Kaiser, however, fouled out to end the threat. In the sixth, the Mustangs stranded the bases loaded.
Sophomore reliever Shelby Jeffries (1-3) took the loss for Cal Poly after conceding Georgia Tech's winning run.
Cal Poly closes Matador Classic action and completes preparations for its March 30-31 Big West Conference opening series when facing Santa Clara on Sunday, March 25 at 12:45 p.m.