SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sophomore lefthander Chloe Wurst (right) struck out a career-high seven hitters in tossing a complete-game, three-hit shutout against No. 18 Washington on Saturday evening as the Cal Poly softball program wrapped play at the San Diego State-hosted Campbell/Cartier Classic with a 2-0 triumph against the Huskies. The Mustangs, however, were edged in Saturday's opening game by Notre Dame, 4-3.
Cal Poly (2-8) advanced just two baserunners as far as second during the opening five innings against Washington starting pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby before breaking through in the sixth. A one-out single from junior shortstop Kim Westlund advanced junior third baseman Jillian Andersen to second before sophomore left fielder Celina Lafrades produced a run-scoring single up the middle of the infield. Westlund then advanced to third on an Inglesby wild pitch before scoring through junior catcher Mariah Cochiolo's base hit to right field.
Wurst (1-2), meanwhile, failed to allow a Washington baserunner past first during the opening five innings. Washington's best chance to answer came during the bottom of the seventh, but Wurst induced a game-ending lineout from junior left fielder Whitney Jones to strand a Husky baserunner on third.
During Saturday's opener versus Notre Dame (4-3), Cal Poly – which outhit the Fighting Irish, 8-6 – scratched out the opening run in the top of the fourth inning as freshman designated player Betsy Colburn earned her first collegiate RBI by doubling to plate Lafrades.
The Mustangs then furthered their lead to 2-0 in the sixth as Cochiolo swatted a solo homer over the left field fence.
Limited to three hits during the opening four innings by Mustang starting lefthander Nicole Innamorato, Notre Dame broke through in the sixth. Starting righthander Laura Winter (1-3) kickstarted the comeback with a run-scoring double before a one-out sacrifice fly from senior catcher Amy Buntin plated sophomore pinch runner Cassidy Whidden to tie the game.
Stuhr, hitting next, then sailed her two-run homer to right field that scored junior pinch runner Monica Torres and handed Notre Dame a 4-2 lead.
The Mustangs mounted one final challenge during the top of the seventh with Andersen singling with two down to score junior right fielder Cami Brown. Westlund, however, grounded out to end the game.
Cal Poly returns to action at the Feb. 21-24 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. The Mustangs open their portion of the tournament on Friday, Feb. 22 versus No. 13 Georgia at 10:30 a.m.