Cal Poly Softball Team Pounds Way to Split at Cathedral City Classic
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Sophomore Madi Vogelsang – with no collegiate extra-base hits to her name entering play on Saturday afternoon – socked two home runs against No. 22 Nebraska at the Big League Dreams Sports Park to help lift the Cal Poly softball program to a 14-7 victory against the Cornhuskers at the Oregon State-hosted Cathedral City Classic. The Mustangs, however, couldn't sustain the momentum and fell during the second half of their Saturday doubleheader against No. 3 California, 4-1.
During Saturday's opening game against Nebraska (8-5), Cal Poly (2-6) registered a four-run first inning and four additional runs during the second to claim its first victory against a ranked opponent in 22 attempts.
Sophomore second baseman Ashley Romano opened the scoring for the Mustangs during the top of the first with a one-out, RBI single before eventually scoring alongside Vogelsang on sophomore catcher Mariah Cochiolo's (above) two-run base hit.
Highlighted by a bases-clearing double from senior right fielder Nicole Lund, Cal Poly pushed its lead to 8-0 during the top of the second. The Cornhuskers stole a run back during the bottom half of the inning through junior right fielder Brooke Thomason's RBI double, but Cal Poly put the scoreline out of touching distance during the third as Vogelsang swatted a three-run homer over the left field fence.
The Mustangs added two additional runs in the fourth with Cochiolo doubling down the right field line to score sophomore Kim Westlund before reaching home herself on a throwing error by Nebraska freshman catcher Jordan Bettiol.
Vogelsang capped Cal Poly's scoring in the seventh by sailing a solo homer to left field.
Nebraska added three runs during both the third and fourth innings, but freshman lefthander Chloe Wurst (1-2) earned her first victory as a Mustang by striking out two Cornhuskers in three and two-thirds innings of relief work.
During Saturday's nightcap, Cal Poly claimed the early lead against California (11-0) during the top of the first as Westlund tripled to center field to score freshman second baseman Emily Ceccacci. The Golden Bears, however, struck back during the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homer from senior second baseman Valerie Arioto. California then added single scores during the fifth and sixth to secure the triumph.
Retired in order during the second through fifth innings, Cal Poly's last chance to break through came during the seventh as Vogelsang singled up the middle with one down. Romano and Lund, however, grounded out to end the game.
Junior righthander Rebecca Patton (1-4) suffered the loss for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly completes Cathedral City Classic play on Sunday, Feb. 26 versus No. 19 Oregon at 11 a.m. and against New Mexico at 1 p.m.