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SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program hits the road for the final time in 2019 and looks to persuade the Big West title race when visiting conference leader Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series May 4-5. The series gets underway with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, May 4 before closing with a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday, May 5. Having prevailed in seven of its last eight outings, Cal State Fullerton (32-16, 12-3) leads second place Hawai'i (30-13, 11-4) by a single game atop the Big West standings with six to play. Cal Poly (10-35, 4-11), meanwhile, seeks its second successive top-half finish in the eight-team Big West standings, but trails joint fourth-place programs CSUN (24-24, 8-7) and Long Beach State (21-23, 8-7) by four games.
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CAL POLY VERSUS CAL STATE FULLERTON: The Mustangs have won two of their last three series at Cal State Fullerton, taking two of three games from Cal State Fullerton in 2017 and sweeping in 2013. The Titans took last year's series at Cal Poly, winning two of three games, and lead the Division I series, 41-28.
YOUNG PLACING FINISHING TOUCHES ON SUPERB CAREER: A starter in 186 of a possible 203 games for Cal Poly and a .992 career fielder with just nine collegiate errors in 1,080 chances, senior catcher Makenna Young enters Saturday's doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton leading Cal Poly with career highs for home runs (three), RBI (16) and total bases (46) while ranking second with 31 hits. Young, who had never batted higher than .214 in a season prior to this year, has hit safely 23 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 for the second successive season, junior first baseman Hailey Martin tops the Mustangs in batting average (.270), hits (34) and total bases (44) while ranking second in the lineup with eight multi-hit games. Ranked 12th in program history with a .293 (118-for-402) batting average, Martin is a .988 career fielder with just 11 errors in 142 college games. She's also started 139 of a possible 154 games as a Mustang.
AMOS EMERGES AT THE PLATE: Having hit safely in five of Cal Poly's last six games, freshman left fielder Lily Amos has emerged as the program's second leading hitter with a .261 (24-for-92) mark. Amos, who homered to record the second 4-for-4 performance by a Mustang this season during an April 28 matchup against Long Beach State, also ranks second in Cal Poly's lineup with 15 RBI.
YAKIR SELECTED FOR ISRAEL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: Cal Poly's leadoff hitter in 35 of 45 games, senior third baseman Noa Yakir – the program's leader with eight doubles and nine 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 … freshman left fielder Lily Amos also produced a 4-for-4 game versus Long Beach State (April 28) … Cal Poly head coach Jenny Condon became just the seventh coach in Big West Conference history to manage at least 300 conference games at a member program during a 5-0 loss at UC Davis (April 14).