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Mata, Chalmers Capture Softball Weekly Honors


Clutch performances from Tayana Mata and Lindsey Chalmers earned them this week’s softball honors.

Mata Comes Up With Big Hits In UC Riverside Series

Senior Tayana Mata (Folsom, Calif./Sierra College) came off the bench to infuse Hawai‘i with key offense as she collects the Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honor.

Called upon to pinch hit in the sixth inning with her team trailing by one run, Mata delivered a game-tying RBI single with two runners aboard and two outs, scoring Keiki Carlos from second base.  Later in the eighth inning, Mata produced again as she knocked in Carlos for the go-ahead run with another two-out RBI single.  She finished the game 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Mata got the start at second base for Saturday’s doubleheader, and she contributed heavily in the clutch.  She contributed her third two-out, RBI single in the series to give UH a 1-0 lead in the third inning of an eventual 3-2 win.  Mata collected her fourth RBI of the series with an RBI double down the left field line to give the Rainbow Wahine a 2-1 lead.

In the final game of the series, she went 1-for-3 to give her a .556 (5-for-9) average for the series.

Others nominated:
Stephanie Hayward (Cal Poly); Missy Taukeiaho (Cal State Fullerton); Savannah Horvath (CSUN); Maddie Richard (UC Riverside); Kristen Clark (UC Santa Barbara)

Chalmers Pivotal In Sweep Of Long Beach State

Cal Poly sophomore Lindsey Chalmers (San Ramon, Calif./California HS) tossed a pair of gems in a road sweep at second-place Long Beach State, making her the Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week.

The right-hander produced two 1-0 victories over the Beach for her third and fourth shutouts of the season.

Chalmers struck out four without a walk and yielded five hits in the series finale on Sunday.  In the series opener, she hurled a four-hitter with two strikeouts and two walks.

Chalmers, in 14 innings of work, recorded a 0.00 ERA, a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and limited LBSU hitters to a .188 batting average.

Others nominated: Sydney Golden (Cal State Fullerton); Daphne Pofek (CSUN); Veronika Gulvin (UC Santa Barbara); Kanani Aina Cabrales (Hawai‘i)