SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Cal Poly softball team was held to just five hits by Notre Dame as the Mustangs dropped a 6-0 decision against the Fighting Irish during Friday afternoon action at the San Diego State-hosted Campbell/Cartier Classic. Cal Poly also fell during the second game of Friday's doubleheader against San Diego State, 5-2.
During Friday's nightcap at SDSU Softball Stadium, San Diego State (4-4) struck immediately during the top of the first inning as senior first baseman Kamerin May swatted a one-out solo home run. Junior designated player Lorena Bauer then tripled to right center field before scoring on a single from junior right fielder Patrice Jackson to provide the Aztecs a 2-0 lead.
Held to a solitary hit during the first two innings, Cal Poly deadlocked the scoreline during the bottom of the third. After singling with one down, junior right fielder Cami Brown reached third after a ball struck by junior second baseman Ashley Romano was mishandled by Aztec freshman shortstop Monica Downey. Junior third baseman Jillian Andersen then hit into a fielder's choice to plate Brown before junior shortstop Kim Westlund singled to center field to bring home Romano.
Cal Poly starting righthander Jordan Yates (1-5) retired the Aztecs in order during the second, fourth and fifth innings before San Diego State reaffirmed its lead with a three-run seventh highlighted by a Jackson two-run double.
The Mustangs mounted one final challenge during the bottom of the seventh with freshman designated player Betsy Colburn and Brown producing successive one-out singles. Romano, however, reached on a fielder's choice that erased both Colburn and Brown and ended the game.
During Friday's opening contest, Notre Dame grabbed a 3-0 lead during the top of the second through freshman first baseman Micaela Arizmendi's three-run homer. The Fighting Irish then took further control of the game in the third as junior left fielder Lauren Stuhr produced a two-run triple to right field.
Held to three hits during the opening five innings, Cal Poly's best chance to break through against Notre Dame starting righthander Brittany O'Donnell (3-0) came during the sixth, as Westlund and junior catcher Mariah Cochiolo (right) cobbled together consecutive one-out base hits. However, freshman first baseman Breana West popped out and senior left fielder Whitley Gerhart grounded out to end any threat.
Notre Dame finalized the scoreline in the seventh as sophomore third baseman Katey Haus singled to plate sophomore center fielder Emilee Koerner.
Cal Poly (1-7) completes Campbell/Cartier Classic play on Saturday, Feb. 16 versus Notre Dame at 11:15 a.m. and No. 18 Washington at 8:15 p.m.