COMPLETE WEEKLY PREVIEW (pdf)
SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program closes its 30-game, non-conference regular season schedule and completes Big West Conference preparations when visiting Seattle (20-11) for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday, March 26 and No. 7 Washington (24-6) in a 3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks-televised single matchup on Wednesday, March 27. Cal Poly (6-21) enters Tuesday's doubleheader with Seattle following a nine-day break with the Mustangs last having posted a 2-3 mark at the March 15-17 CSUN/LMU Tournament. Following action at Seattle and Washington, Cal Poly opens its 23rd Big West Conference season at UC Riverside March 30-31.
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Elise Woodward (play-by-play) and Danielle Lawrie (color commentary) will have the call for Pac-12 Networks from Wednesday's matchup at Washington HERE … live stats and streaming video of Tuesday's doubleheader at Seattle and Wednesday's game at Washington will also be available via GoPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS SEATTLE: The Mustangs and Redhawks have met just twice prior with Cal Poly winning the most recent matchup, 6-1 (March 19, 2016). The other previous matchup was an 8-4 Seattle victory (Feb. 7, 2019).
CAL POLY VERSUS WASHINGTON: Washington holds a 4-2 all-time series lead versus Cal Poly with the Huskies prevailing in the last matchup between the two programs on Feb. 22, 4-2. Cal Poly's last victory versus Washington was a 2-0 triumph against the then-No. 18 Huskies (Feb. 16, 2013).
YOUNG'S SUPERB SENIOR SEASON: A starter in 168 of a possible 185 games for Cal Poly and a .992 career fielder with just eight collegiate errors in 1,027 chances, senior catcher Makenna Young enters Tuesday's doubleheader at Seattle leading Cal Poly with a .329 batting average and has already set new career highs for hits (26), home runs (three), RBI (14) and total bases (38). Young, who had never batted higher than .214 in a season prior to this year, has hit safely in 18 of 26 appearances. She also owns three of Cal Poly's four three-hit games thus far and one of only two four-RBI efforts.
MARTIN CONTINUES TO SET THE OFFENSIVE PACE: Cal Poly's leading hitter a year ago, first baseman Hailey Martin ranks second in the lineup with a .303 batting average and 23 hits while leading the Mustangs with seven multi-hit games. Ranked ninth in program history with a .303 (107-for-353) batting average, Martin is a .988 career fielder with just 10 errors in 124 college games. She's also started 121 of a possible 136 games as a Mustang.
YAKIR SELECTED FOR ISRAEL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: Third baseman Noa Yakir – fourth among Big West Conference hitters with eight doubles – will have the opportunity to become the first Mustang to appear in the Olympic softball tournament as the senior was one of 12 initial players named in December to the Israel Women's National Team roster for qualifying tournaments in 2019. To reach its first Olympic tournament for the six-team, 2020 field in Tokyo, Israel first needs to finish as one of the top six nations at the European Softball Federation Championship (June 30-July 6, 2019). Those six countries, combined with the top two teams from the 2019 Africa Softball Championship, will play off for one spot at Tokyo 2020. Yakir's previous experience with the Israel National Team came last summer as she competed with Under-22 squad at the European Championship in Slovakia. She has also helped mentor and coach youth players in the organization.
MUSTANGS FACE NATION'S FINEST ONCE MORE IN 2019: In what has become a hallmark of 15th-year head coach Jenny Condon's tenure, Cal Poly will again contest one of the more competitive schedules in Division I during the 2019 season. In total, 13 of Cal Poly's opening 30 games occur against programs ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll (ranking from date of game).