TEMPE, Ariz. – Junior shortstop Kim Westlund and senior left fielder Whitley Gerhart each produced run-scoring singles to provide the Cal Poly softball program an early lead against San Jose State on Sunday morning, but the Spartans found the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge the Mustangs on the final day of Arizona State-hosted Kajikawa Classic, 3-2.
Cal Poly junior second baseman Ashley Romano (right) led off Sunday's contest at the Tempe Sports Complex by singling into center field and, after being sacrificed to second base, scored on a Westlund base hit deposited into left center field. A single from Gerhart two spots in the lineup later then plated Westlund for a quick 2-0 lead.
San Jose State, however, hit back during the bottom half of the first as a two-out error from Westlund allowed sophomore first baseman Michelle Cox to reach home. Senior right fielder Vanessa House then singled to score junior catcher Jessica Garcia and deadlock the scoreline.
Cal Poly (1-4) failed to advance a runner past second base during the next three innings. During the fifth, the Mustangs placed two runners in scoring position before freshman designated player Betsy Colburn struck out to end any threat.
The Mustangs were then set down in order during the sixth and seventh innings.
The Spartans notched the winning run with two outs during the bottom of the sixth as sophomore center fielder Nicole Schultz singled to left field to score House.
Westlund banged out a game-leading three hits for Cal Poly, which returns to action at the Feb. 14-17 San Diego State-hosted Campbell/Cartier Classic. The Mustangs open their portion of the tournament on Thursday, Feb. 14 versus Kentucky at 3:30 p.m.