LONG BEACH – Sophomore righthander Lindsey Chalmers tossed a complete-game, five-hitter to post her second 1-0 shutout victory in as many days and freshman catcher Makenna Young's run-scoring single in the sixth inning was the decisive blow as the Cal Poly softball program completed a three-game sweep of Long Beach State with a Sunday triumph.
Coupled with a Saturday's doubleheader sweep at 49er Softball Complex, Sunday's victory marked Cal Poly's first series sweep of a Big West opponent and first road conference sweep since taking three games at Long Beach State May 3-4, 2016.
Chalmers (8-9) kept Long Beach State (24-16, 4-5) to two hits and just one baserunner in scoring position through the opening three innings and faced only three hitters over the minimum during the opening four innings. In the fifth, Long Beach State placed two runners on with one down before Chalmers struck out third baseman Darian Tautalafua – the Big West's all-time home run leader – and induced an inning-ending groundout from shortstop Nichole Fry.
The Mustangs (19-17, 3-6), however, were also kept in check by Long Beach State starting righthander Christina Clermont (14-7). After stranding the bases loaded to close the top half of the second, Cal Poly opened the fifth with a leadoff walk from Young (above) before a double to right center by sophomore shortstop Chelsea Convissar placed two Mustangs in scoring position with no outs. Clermont, however, retired the next three Mustang hitters in succession.
Two errors in the top of the sixth eventually helped undo Long Beach State. With one down, Mustang junior left fielder Courtney Tyler reached after 49er right fielder Rachel Loera dropped her fly ball. Long Beach State second baseman LT Torres then mishandled a grounder from Mustang junior Ashley Tornio. Two batters later, Young singled in front of 49ers left fielder Haley Tobler and Tyler beat the throw home to catcher Lauren MacLeod.
Chalmers closed her day by retiring Long Beach State in order in the sixth and, after conceding a hit in the bottom of the seventh, struck out Loera on three pitches to close the game.
Chalmers finished with four strikeouts against zero walks.
Cal Poly opens an eight-game home stand at Bob Janssen Field against California on Thursday, April 21 at 12 noon. Cal Poly's Big West schedule continues with a three-game home set versus CSUN April 23-24.