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SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program completes the 2019 season and its 14-game home schedule when hosting UC Santa Barbara for a three-game, May 10-11 series. The series at Bob Janssen Field gets underway with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, May 10 before concluding with a 1 p.m. Senior Day matchup on Sunday, May 11. Looking to snap a five-game slide and seeking its first Big West Conference series win of the season, seventh-place Cal Poly (10-38, 4-14) enters the series leading last-place UC Santa Barbara (8-41, 2-16) by two games in the conference standings. UC Santa Barbara, meanwhile, has dropped its last eight games, having been swept in consecutive weekends by CSUN (April 27-28) and UC Riverside (May 4-5).
FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Max Milander returns to the mic to provide play-by-play for all three games of the UC Santa Barbara series for GoPoly.com HERE… live stats and streaming video of all three series games will also be available via GoPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS UC SANTA BARBARA: The Mustangs have won their last two home series against the Gauchos, taking two of three games from UC Santa Barbara during the 2017 and 2015 seasons. UC Santa Barbara, however, has won six of the last eight overall series – including prevailing in two of three home meetings last season. Cal Poly, which last swept UC Santa Barbara in 2010, leads the Division I series, 41-38.
YOUNG PLACING FINISHING TOUCHES ON SUPERB CAREER: A starter in 189 of a possible 206 games for Cal Poly and a .992 career fielder with just nine collegiate errors in 1,090 chances, senior catcher Makenna Young enters Friday's doubleheader versus UC Santa Barbara leading Cal Poly with career highs for home runs (three), RBI (18) and total bases (49) while ranking second with 33 hits. Young, who had never batted higher than .214 in a season prior to this year, has hit safely 25 times. She also owns three of Cal Poly's five 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 (.267) and hits (36) while ranking second in the lineup with 46 total bases and eight multi-hit games. Ranked 12th in program history with a .291 (120-for-412) batting average, Martin is a .989 career fielder with just 11 errors in 145 college games. She's also started 142 of a possible 157 games as a Mustang.
AMOS EMERGES AT THE PLATE: Having hit safely in six of Cal Poly's last nine games, freshman left fielder Lily Amos has emerged as the program's third leading hitter. 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 48 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).