Mustang Softball Drops Late Decisions Versus San Diego and Utah State
SANTEE, Calif. – Junior righthander Rebecca Patton (above) struck out six San Diego hitters on Saturday morning, but the Toreros struck twice with two outs during the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the Cal Poly softball program at the San Diego State-hosted San Diego Classic, 2-1. Despite a complete-game, two-hitter from freshman lefthander Chloe Wurst, the Mustangs also conceded a late run versus Utah State and dropped the second game of their doubleheader at the Santee Sportsplex, 1-0.
During Saturday's opener against San Diego (7-6), Cal Poly (5-9) scratched out its lone during the top of the fourth with senior left fielder Nora Sobczak singling up the middle with two down to score junior pinch runner Alex Ramirez from second base.
In the circle, Patton (3-5) limited San Diego to four hits during the opening six innings before the Toreros struck the decisive blows in the seventh. Freshman designated player Katie Emerson reached to lead off the inning on an error by Mustang sophomore third baseman Kim Westlund. Freshman pinch runner Kylie McNutt, on for Emerson, then reached second on a sacrifice bunt before advancing to third through freshman left fielder Morgan Kurtz's two-out single. San Diego freshman third baseman Chloe Kaneko then drove home McNutt with a base hit down the left field line before senior catcher Taylor Hensley plated Kurtz with a walk-off single up the middle.
Sobczak and junior catcher Shea Williams each collected two hits versus San Diego.
During Saturday's second game versus Utah State (7-7), Wurst (2-3) remained perfect for the opening three and two-thirds innings and the Aggies failed to advance a runner past second base until sophomore shortstop Alison Lenzora scored during the sixth following an error from Mustang sophomore shortstop Ashley Romano.
Cal Poly's top chance to break through against Utah State starting righthander Mandy Harmon (2-4) came during the bottom half of the sixth as sophomore first baseman Madi Vogelsang reached on an error by Aggie senior second baseman Lindsey Marquez. Romano followed with a base hit down the right field line that sent Vogelsang to third. Vogelsang, however, was thrown out at home by Marquez on an attempted double steal with Romano.
Wurst added four strikeouts for Cal Poly, which caps San Diego Classic action on Sunday, March 4 versus Nevada at 9 a.m.