PALO ALTO, Calif. – Cal Poly softball junior righthander Rebecca Patton allowed just two Ole Miss hits through the initial five innings of Friday morning's opening contest at the Stanford-hosted Louisville Slugger Classic, but the Mustangs surrendered six runs against the Rebels during the bottom of the sixth inning and dropped a 6-4 decision at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. The Mustangs also fell during the second half of their doubleheader against Colorado State, 5-2.
During Friday's opening contest, Cal Poly (6-11) grabbed the opening lead during the third as sophomore first baseman Madi Vogelsang (above) doubled home sophomore left fielder Jillian Andersen before junior designated player Shea Williams drove a two-run single into center field to hand the Mustangs a three-run cushion.
The Mustangs added their final run against Ole Miss (11-7) during the fourth as sophomore shortstop Ashley Romano singled up the middle with two down to score senior center fielder Nora Sobczak from second base.
In the circle, Patton allowed just three Rebel baserunners through the opening five innings before running into trouble during the sixth. Sophomore center fielder RT Cantillo broke the ice with a one-out run-scoring single up the middle before reaching home herself on freshman shortstop Allison Brown's double to right field.
Patton was lifted in favor of Jordan Yates and, two Rebel hitters later, Cal Poly's freshman lefthander yielded a grand slam against Ole Miss sophomore pinch hitter Natalie Nimmo.
The Mustangs, who received two hits apiece from Vogelsang and Romano, were retired in order during the top of the seventh to end the game.
During Friday's second contest versus Colorado State (8-13), both programs combined for five hits during the opening four innings before the Rams broke the scoreless deadlock during the fifth via freshman center fielder Shea Rodriguez's two-out, two-run single through the right side of the infield.
The Mustangs responded during the bottom half of the fifth with sophomore pinch runner Mariah Cochiolo scoring on a throwing error by Colorado State sophomore shortstop Ashlie Ortega.
However, Colorado State – which committed five errors versus Cal Poly – responded during the top of the sixth as sophomore left fielder Kendal Butterfield doubled home two runs down the left field line. Freshman designated player Taylor Hutton then pushed Colorado State's lead to 5-1 with another double down the left field line that scored Butterfield.
The Mustangs were retired in order during the bottom half of the sixth before Cal Poly freshman second baseman Celina Lafrades plated Cochiolo in the seventh to finalize the scoring.
Freshman designated player Emily Ceccacci collected a team-high two hits for the Mustangs.
Freshman lefthander Chloe Wurst (2-5) allowed seven hits in suffering the loss for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly continues Louisville Slugger Classic action on Saturday, March 10 with a 6 p.m. doubleheader against James Madison and San Jose State.