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Mustang Softball Splits Sunday Doubleheader versus Cal State Fullerton

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Freshman righthander Jordan Yates (above) tossed a complete-game, four-hitter with five strikeouts to earn her first collegiate victory as the Cal Poly softball program opened a Sunday doubleheader at Bob Janssen Field with a 4-1 triumph against Cal State Fullerton. The Mustangs, however, failed to carry any momentum over to the second game and dropped a 7-0 decision against the Titans.

During Sunday's opening-game victory in which the Mustangs (8-22, 1-2) snapped a 10-game slide and produced their first home triumph of the year, senior left fielder Nora Sobczak collected one of Cal Poly's four extra-base hits with a double in the first and the Mustangs required just another inning to grab the only lead of the game. With one out during the bottom of the second, sophomore catcher Mariah Cochiolo swatted a double to right field that scored freshman designated player Emily Ceccacci. Junior center fielder Whitley Gerhart then delivered a single to plate Cochiolo for a 2-0 advantage.

Sophomore first baseman Madi Vogelsang doubled for Cal Poly during the third, but it was Cochiolo's first home run of the season – a solo shot with one down – that extended the Mustang lead to 3-0 after four innings. The Mustangs then ran their lead to 4-0 during the fifth after Vogelsang and freshman shortstop Celina Lafrades drew walks to load the bases for Ceccacci, who drew a third-successive base on balls off of Titan starting righthander Katey Laben (0-1) to bring home sophomore third baseman Kim Westlund.

Yates (1-5) kept Cal State Fullerton (14-17, 2-1) to two hits until the sixth, when the Titans notched their lone run through first baseman Anissa Young's one-out, run-scoring single. Yates, however, retired the Titans in order during the seventh to finalize Cal Poly's first conference victory of 2012.

During Sunday's second contest, Yates returned in the circle to start for the Mustangs, but conceded a four-run first inning against Cal State Fullerton. Freshman lefthanded reliever Chloe Wurst entered the matchup for the Mustangs after just one-third of an inning and, after leaving the Cal State Fullerton bases loaded during the second, retired eight-successive Titans.

The Titans, however, scored twice during sixth off of Wurst and once during the seventh through pinch hitter Courtney Snyder's run-scoring groundout.  

Cal Poly's best chance to break through against Cal State Fullerton starting lefthander Desiree Ybarra (9-9) came during the bottom half of the fifth as Sobczak reached third base with two down. Ybarra, however, induced an inning-ending pop up from Lafrades.

The Mustangs continue Big West action when visiting Long Beach State for an April 6-7 three-game series. Action at 49er Softball Complex opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, April 6.