CATHEDRAL CITY – Run-scoring hits in the top of the first from senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward and junior right fielder Crimson Kaiser provided the Cal Poly softball program an early lead versus Syracuse Monday morning, but the Orange required just one inning to equalize and one more to grab the lead as the Mustangs closed play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 4-2 loss.
Inside Big League Dreams Sports Park, Mustang senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar (above) singled to lead off the game before moving to second through a sacrifice bunt by senior center fielder Amanda Sandoval. Heyward followed with a run-scoring hit through the right side of the infield and, two batters later, Kaiser doubled to left center field to hand Cal Poly a 2-0 lead.
Cal Poly starting senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers (2-2) allowed two Syracuse baserunners in the bottom of the first before the Orange equalized in the second. Second baseman Gabby Teran trimmed Cal Poly's lead in half with a leadoff homer. With two outs, center fielder Toni Martin doubled before scoring on a Heyward fielding error on a ball batted by shortstop Sammy Fernandez.
Syracuse then surged ahead in the third as Teran singled with two down to plate Holmgren. The Orange added their final run in the sixth.
Offensively, Cal Poly was held hitless and to just one baserunner after the second inning by Syracuse lefthanded reliever Alexa Romero (4-0).
Chalmers struck out three against just one walk in defeat.
Cal Poly (4-6) resumes action with four games at the Feb. 23-25 Stanford Nike Invitational. Cal Poly's portion of the tournament begins on Friday, Feb. 23 with a 3:30 p.m. matchup versus Santa Clara.