SOFTBALL’S WINNING STREAK COMES TO AN END WITH 2-1 LOSS AT CAL POLY
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly's Chloe Wurst allowed one run over seven innings and the Mustangs withstood a late Sacramento State rally to beat the Hornets, 2-1, in the fifth and final game of the Mustang Softball Classic.
The Hornets concluded the five-game tournament with a 4-1 record, which included wins over Rutgers and Nevada on Friday, and Cal Poly and Northern Illinois on Saturday. Sacramento State had its seven-game winning streak snapped with the loss, but the team still owns a 12-6 record which is the best after 18 games since the 2003 season.
Sacramento State's offense caught fire during the tournament, hitting .347 over the five games with 29 runs, eight doubles, five triples, 68 total bases and 26 RBIs. Seven different Hornets with at least three hits batted better than .330, including Paige Martin (.500), Alexa Chattleton (.500), Kortney Solis (.429), Makenzie Wayadande (.429) and Alyssa Vanderdrink (.400).
In today's loss, the Mustangs scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead, and withstood a Hornet rally in the seventh inning which included getting runners at the corners with one out, and the bases loaded with two outs. Sacramento State left nine runners on base during the game, including six during the first four innings. The Hornets had a runner at third base and less than two outs on two occasions (including the third inning), but did not score either time.
The Hornets got on the board in the first inning on a two-out, RBI-single from Solis, but that proved to be the only run against Wurst. Cal Poly strung together four hits and took advantage of a Hornet thrwoing error in the fifth inning to score two runs, one of which was unearned.
In the top of the seventh inning, a one-out single from Chattleton and a Cal Poly throwing error put runners at the corners with one out. However, Wurst got Yesenia Alcala on a comebacker, and followed by plunking Emily McCormick on a 3-2 pitch. That set up a bases-loaded situation for Martin, who entered the at-bat 13-for-24 with runners in scoring position this season. However, Wurst got Martin to pop out on the first pitch she saw to end the inning and game.
Wurst (6-6) allowed one run and seven hits while walking one and striking out three over seven innings. Sacramento State's Taylor Stroud (3-3) was the hard-luck losing pitcher despite allowing just seven hits and two runs (one earned) while walking one and striking out five batters over six innings.
Six different Hornets had at least one hit, including a 2-for-3 performance from Chattleton. Solis went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and has now reached base via hit and/or walk in 11 straight games, including a current five-game hitting streak.
Sacramento State returns to action for 21st-annual Capital Classic, beginning on Friday, March 15. The three-day tournament includes Sacramento State, Fresno State, Kansas, Saint Mary's and Texas State. The tourney features 10 games, and Sacramento State will play Texas State on Friday at noon, followed by two games on Saturday and one on Sunday.