CATHEDRAL CITY – Senior catcher Makenna Young's fifth-inning sacrifice fly to score sophomore center fielder Noellah Ramos marked the difference for the Cal Poly softball program Saturday afternoon as the Mustangs edged Colorado State, 2-1, at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic inside Big League Dreams Sports Park.
Cal Poly (3-8) notched Saturday's opening run at the first opportunity with Ramos and Young stringing together successive one-out singles. With Ramos having advanced to third base, junior first baseman Hailey Martin handed Cal Poly a 1-0 lead with a base hit to left field.
The Rams (9-3), however, equalized during the bottom half of the first inning with third baseman Corina Gamboa doubling into left field with one down to plate center fielder Ashley Michelena.
The Mustangs were limited to a solitary hit and three total baserunners between the second and fourth innings. Cal Poly starting junior righthander Steffi Best, however, stranded two Rams to close the second and one apiece in the third and fourth innings to keep the scoreline at 1-1.
The Mustangs then pushed across the decisive run in the top of the fifth. With one down, Ramos doubled to right center before advancing to third on the throw from the outfield. Young then produced her sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Ramos.
Freshman lefthander Krystyna Allman relieved Best (1-6) in the middle of the fifth and retired the first six hitters faced. Colorado State first baseman Ashley Ruiz doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh, but Allman forced a pop up from second baseman Isabella Navarro before right fielder Jordan Acosta lined into a double play to end the game.
Cal Poly closes Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic play on Sunday, Feb. 24 versus San Diego State (11:30 a.m.) and No. 13 Arizona State (2 p.m.).