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SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program hosts Hawai'i April 5-6 in the first of its three Big West Conference home series at Bob Janssen Field. The three-game series gets underway with a 5 p.m. matchup on Friday, April 5 before closing with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 6. Cal Poly (7-26, 1-2), which opened Big West play by dropping two of three matchups at UC Riverside March 30-31, trails conference leader Cal State Fullerton (23-13, 3-0) by two games in the Big West standings. Hawai'i (21-10, 2-1), the Big West's home run leader with 34 shots, began its conference stretch by topping Long Beach State at home twice last week. Friday's series opener marks just Hawai'i's third game this season on the mainland.
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Max Milander returns to the mic to provide play-by-play of the Hawai'i series for GoPoly HERE … live stats will be available for all three games and video will be available for Saturday's doubleheader via GoPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS HAWAI'I: Swept on O'ahu last season, Cal Poly looks to win a second successive home series versus Hawai'i after taking two of three games from the Rainbow Wahine at Bob Janssen Field in 2017. Hawai'i leads the all-time series, 14-8.
YOUNG'S SUPERB SENIOR SEASON: A starter in 174 of a possible 191 games for Cal Poly and a .992 career fielder with just eight collegiate errors in 1,040 chances, senior catcher Makenna Young enters Friday's matchup versus Hawai'i leading Cal Poly with a .287 batting average and has already set new career highs for hits (27), home runs (three), RBI (14) and total bases (39). Young, who had never batted higher than .214 in a season prior to this year, has hit safely 19 times. 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 .286 batting average and 26 hits while leading the Mustangs with seven multi-hit games. Ranked ninth in program history with a .299 (110-for-368) batting average, Martin is a .988 career fielder with just 10 errors in 130 college games. She's also started 127 of a possible 142 games as a Mustang.
YAKIR SELECTED FOR ISRAEL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: Cal Poly's leadoff hitter in 29 of 33 games, senior 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.