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SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program plays three of its ensuing four Big West Conference series on the road, beginning with an April 13-14 three-game set at UC Davis. The series at La Rue Field opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 13 and concludes with a 1 p.m. single matchup on Sunday, April 14. Swept at home by Big West Conference co-leader Hawai'i last weekend and looking to snap a five-game overall slide, Cal Poly (7-29, 1-5) enters Saturday's doubleheader trailing third-place UC Davis (29-7, 4-2) by just three games in the conference standings. The Aggies, who opened their Big West slate by taking two of three games from CSUN (March 30-31) and at UC Santa Barbara (April 6-7), lead the conference in team batting average (.288) and ERA (1.71).
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Live stats will be available for each of Cal Poly's games at UC Davis, as will streaming video of Sunday's series finale via GoPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS UC DAVIS: The Mustangs have won four successive series versus the Aggies, taking two of three games from UC Davis in each of the last four seasons. As Big West opponents, Cal Poly has also won four of five series at UC Davis. The Mustangs lead
CONDON SET TO MAKE HISTORY SUNDAY: Already ranked seventh in Big West Conference history with 384 total victories and ninth with 151 conference wins, Cal Poly head coach Jenny Condon will become just the seventh coach in Big West history to manage 300 conference games when the Mustangs close their series at UC Davis on Sunday afternoon.
YOUNG'S SUPERB SENIOR SEASON: A starter in 177 of a possible 194 games for Cal Poly and a .992 career fielder with just eight collegiate errors in 1,050 chances, senior catcher Makenna Young enters Saturday's doubleheader at UC Davis leading Cal Poly with a .284 batting average and has already set new career highs for hits (29), home runs (three), RBI (15) and total bases (42). Young, who had never batted higher than .214 in a season prior to this year, has hit safely 21 times. She also owns three of Cal Poly's four three-hit games and has posted one of only two four-RBI efforts.
MARTIN BUILDING ON STANDOUT CAREER: Cal Poly's leading hitter a year ago, first baseman Hailey Martin ranks second in the lineup with a .265 batting average and 26 hits while co-leading the Mustangs with seven multi-hit games. Ranked 10th in program history with a .293 (110-for-375) batting average, Martin is a .988 career fielder with just 10 errors in 133 college games. She's also started 130 of a possible 145 games as a Mustang.
YAKIR SELECTED FOR ISRAEL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: Cal Poly's leadoff hitter in 32 of 35 games, senior third baseman Noa Yakir – sixth among Big West Conference hitters with eight doubles and Cal Poly's co-leader with seven multi-hit games – 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.
ETC.: Senior third baseman Noa Yakir became the first Mustang in three years to finish a game 4-for-4 during Cal Poly's 4-0 home loss to Hawai'i (April 6). Previously, All-American Sierra Hyland posted a 4-for-4 performance versus St. Peter's on March 3, 2016.