SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball team placed a program record six players on the 2018 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Team following the announcement of honorees on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Earning spots from Cal Poly's 2018 lineup were senior designated player Stephanie Heyward (business administration major), senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar (kinesiology), junior catcher Noa Yakir (kinesiology), junior outfielder Crimson Kaiser (animal science), junior outfielder Sydney James (psychology) and freshman infielder Sarah Wulff (kinesiology).
To be eligible for the NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Team, honorees had to earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the 2017-18 academic year.
Also named to the All-Big West Conference first team in May, Heyward batted .312 in 2018, finished second in the lineup with 44 hits and third with 10 multi-hit games. Heyward also closed her career 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 (above), a member of the All-Big West second team, ranked second among conference hitters in 2018 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 batting average. A .277 career hitter, Convissar departed the program ranked third all-time with 35 sacrifice hits, seventh with 203 appearances and seven triples, eighth with 89 runs and ninth with 28 doubles.
Kaiser, who started all 50 games last season in right field for Cal Poly, produced eight multi-hit games while finishing second in the lineup with five multi-RBI games and 19 total RBI.
Yakir, who started 10 times behind the plate and four times as Cal Poly's designated player in 2018, batted a career high .333 last year.
James, who started during seven of her 11 appearances last spring, batted .250 with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Cal Poly's most utilized player off the bench, Wulff made 37 reserve appearances for the Mustangs in 2018, primarily in pinch-running roles.