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Cal Poly Softball Perfect on Opening Day at San Diego Classic

Cal Poly Softball Perfect on Opening Day at San Diego Classic

SANTEE, Calif. – Junior righthander Rebecca Patton (above) tossed a complete-game, four-hitter with five strikeouts during the Cal Poly softball program's Friday afternoon opener at the San Diego State-hosted San Diego Classic while freshman lefthander Chloe Wurst earned the nightcap victory with five strikeouts in five innings of relief work as the Mustangs eased past Charlotte (3-2) and St. Joseph's (6-4), respectively, at the Santee Softball Complex.

During Friday's tournament-opening victory against Charlotte (8-8), Cal Poly (5-7) notched the game's opening run during the bottom of the second through a one-out single up the middle from junior third baseman Shea Williams that scored sophomore first baseman Madi Vogelsang. Cal Poly furthered its lead to 3-0 in the fourth after senior right fielder Nicole Lund's run-scoring single plated sophomore second baseman Ashley Romano and, following a fielding error by Charlotte left fielder Briana Gwaltney, Vogelsang. 

In the circle, Patton (3-4) surrendered just one hit through the opening five innings before the 49ers – highlighted by first baseman Kalie Lang's two-out, run-scoring single – struck for two runs during the sixth.

After Cal Poly was retired during its half of the sixth, Charlotte mounted a final rally against Patton in the top of the seventh. With one down, 49ers designated player Chelsea Ingersoll swatted a pitch into left field that Mustang senior Nora Sobczak knocked over the fence. The sequence was ruled a ground-rule double, but Patton struck out Charlotte pinch hitter Chelsea Lisikatos before inducing pinch hitter Lindsey Holloman into a game-ending popup. 

Lund produced a game-high two hits against Charlotte.

During Friday's second game, the Mustangs once again seized the initial lead as sophomore shortstop Kim Westlund's one-out single in the first plated Sobczak for an early cushion. 

St. Joseph's (4-5), however, struck for four runs during the second to drive Mustang starting freshman righthander Jordan Yates from the circle. Wurst entered the game to start the third and allowed just two hits the remainder of the night to improve to 2-2.

The Mustangs sliced into the Hawk lead during the fourth with freshman second baseman Celina Lafrades scoring following a throwing error charged to St. Joseph's third baseman Rochelle Christman on a ball batted by Sobczak. 

Cal Poly eventually wrested the lead from St. Joseph's in the fifth with three of four runs coming courtesy of Hawk errors.

Sobczak finished with two hits against St. Joseph's. 

Cal Poly continues San Diego Classic play on Saturday with an 11 a.m. doubleheader against San Diego and Utah State.