CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Senior left fielder Whitley Gerhart drew a bases-loaded walk during the fifth inning to help account for the winning margin and sophomore lefthander Chloe Wurst (right) scattered four hits in a complete-game shutout as the Cal Poly softball program posted its second successive victory against a ranked opponent by edging No. 13 Georgia on Friday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, 1-0.
Held to three hits during the opening four innings by Georgia starting pitcher Geri Ann Glasco (4-1), Cal Poly (3-8) broke through during the top of the fifth as junior third baseman Jillian Andersen and sophomore right fielder Celina Lafrades sandwiched one-out singles around junior shortstop Kim Westlund's walk. Glasco induced a pop out from junior catcher Mariah Cochiolo, but Gerhart drew a five-pitch walk to bring home Andersen for the winning run.
Six days after striking out a career-high seven hitters during Cal Poly's 2-0 victory against No. 18 Washington, Wurst (2-2) retired the first seven Bulldogs of the game and failed to face a serious threat until the sixth, when sophomore shortstop Paige Wilson doubled with one down. A groundout from freshman first baseman Kaylee Puailoa pushed WIlson to third, but Wurst, after hitting freshman right fielder Tina Iosefa with a pitch, forced another groundout from senior second baseman Tess Sito to end any threat.
In the bottom of the seventh, Georgia senior left fielder Christine Olney singled to lead off before reaching second through a sacrifice and third following a ground out. Wurst, however, forced her 12th groundout of the day to end the matchup.
Cal Poly continues Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic play on Saturday, Feb. 23 versus Ohio State at 9:30 a.m. and No. 9 Oregon at 3 p.m.