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Cal Poly Softball Drops Pair to Open 2012 Mustang Classic

Cal Poly Softball Drops Pair to Open 2012 Mustang Classic


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Freshmen Jordan Yates and Chloe Wurst each tossed complete games for the Mustang softball program on Friday, but Cal Poly kickstarted both its 2012 home schedule and Mustang Classic action at Bob Janssen Field with losses against, respectively, Lipscomb (2-1) and Ball State (3-2).

The complete Friday results and upcoming schedule from the Mustang Classic is below.

During Friday's opening contest against Lipscomb (18-7), Yates yielded just two Bison hits during the opening three innings before running into trouble during the top of the fourth after allowing successive one-out singles to right fielder Caroline Mason and designated player Haley Elliott. With both baserunners in scoring position, however, Yates induced a groundout from first baseman Kristen Sturdivant and a flyout from left fielder Gracey Aguirre to end the Bison threat.
Lipscomb, however, broke through against Yates and the Mustangs during the top of the sixth as Elliott lashed a one-out solo home run to left field.
Held to just three hits themselves through the opening five innings, the Mustangs returned during the bottom half of the sixth to deadlock the scoreline. Sophomore shortstop Kim Westlund (above) opened Cal Poly's rally with a leadoff single before advancing to second base through sophomore first baseman Madi Vogelsang's sacrifice bunt. Two batters later and with two down, Mustang sophomore third baseman Celina Lafrades reached on an error by Lipscomb shortstop Bridgette Begle before senior designated player Nicole Lund drew a walk to load the bases. With righthanded reliever Whitney Kiihnl on for Lipscomb in the circle, Mustang sophomore catcher Mariah Cochiolo drew a five-pitch walk to force home Westlund and draw the game, 1-1.
Lipscomb, however, required just one half-inning to reclaim its lead as catcher Mollie Mitchell singled up the middle with one out to plate center fielder Bree Thurman and cement the final scoreline.
Cal Poly, which stranded 10 baserunners during Friday's opener, enjoyed one final chance to match Lipscomb during the bottom half of the seventh, but freshman designated player Emily Ceccacci flew out with two Mustangs on to end the game.
Westlund produced a game-high two hits against Lipscomb. Yates (0-3) walked just three Bison in suffering the loss for Cal Poly.
During Friday's nightcap against Ball State (18-7), Cal Poly grabbed the early lead during the bottom of the first as Lafrades doubled into right field with two down to plate Vogelsang and sophomore second baseman Jillian Andersen.

Ball State, which struck out four times against Wurst (2-6), returned to tie the game during the top of the second as designated player Hanne Stuedemann drove a ball past Andersen at second base that scored second baseman Taylor Cox and right fielder Loren Cihlar.

The Cardinals added the winning run during the fourth with catcher Amanda Montalto singling through the left side of the infield to score left fielder Jennifer Gilbert. Wurst then avoided further damage by inducing the next Cardinal hitter, first baseman Taylor Rager, into an inning-ending double play.

Cal Poly advanced just one additional baserunner past second until the seventh, when the Mustangs mounted a final rally by loading the bases with two down against Cardinal reliever Audrey Workman. Lafrades, however, struck out with a full count to end the evening.

Cal Poly continues Mustang Classic action on Saturday, March 24 against Ball State at 12:30 p.m. and Lipscomb at 3 p.m.

2012 Mustang Classic
Bob Janssen Field (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Friday, March 23
Lipscomb 2, UNLV 1
Ball State 5, UNLV 1
Lipscomb 2, Cal Poly 1
Ball State 3, Cal Poly 2

Saturday, March 24 (home team listed second)
UNLV vs. Ball State, 10 a.m.
Ball State at Cal Poly, 12:30 p.m.
Lipscomb at Cal Poly, 3 p.m.
Lipscomb vs. UNLV, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 25
Lipscomb vs. Ball State, 9 a.m.
UNLV at Cal Poly, 11 a.m.