Freshman Sierra Hyland struck out a career-high eight batters for the Cal Poly softball team in its 3-2 loss to Syracuse at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City on Friday.
Hyland also hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning in the game for the Mustangs (5-8), which drove in Courtney Tyler. Tyler walked to start the inning.
The Orange scored one run in the second, one in the third off a sacrifice fly and one in the fifth on a solo home run.
Cuesta 0-5, Citrus 8-4
The Cougars walked off with a victory in second game in their doubleheader against the Owls after Gabby Massari hit an RBI double to score Savanna Johnson and break the 4-4 tie.
Pitcher Jeananne Ruck went all seven innings, striking out two and giving up five hits.
Cuesta (12-6) got off to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but lost the lead when Citrus scored three in the third. Ruck hit the first batter with a pitch to start the Owls’ rally, walked two and gave up a three-run double later in the inning.
Bre Ojala hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to tie the score at 3.
Victoria Roberts scored the go-ahead run for the Cougars in the sixth off an error by the Owls’ left fielder.
The first game ended after Cuesta gave up eight runs in the fifth inning.
Saddleback 6, Cuesta 2
The Cougars gave up two runs in the bottom of the first to the Gauchos and two more in the bottom of the fifth.
Cuesta (4-8) cut the lead in half in the top of the eighth as Jordaan Sala scored on a fielding error and Christian Priore scored on a sacrifice fly from Josh Falco.
Saddleback scored two more in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Cal Poly 6, UC Irvine 1
The Mustangs opened conference play with their first win of the season.
Cal Poly (1-7, 1-0 Big West Conference) secured the doubles point with victories from Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thomson (8-6) and Devin Barber and Corey Pang (8-7, 6).
Ben Donovan (7-5, 6-2), Comuzzo (6-1, 7-6, 6), Jurgen De Jager (6-4, 4-6, 6-4), Naveen Beasley (6-1, 6-4) and Pang (6-7, 2, 6-2) all won their singles matches.
Cal Poly at Wyoming Desert Classic
The Mustangs are tied for 14th out of 23 teams after the first day of the three-day tournament held at the Classic Club in Palm Desert with a 5-over 293.
Cal Poly is tied with TCU.
The Mustangs’ highest individual finisher is Justin De Los Santos, who shot a 1-under 71 and is also tied for 23rd with 10 other golfers.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships
Cal Poly moved into sixth place and is 2.5 points behind Pacific for fifth place heading into the final day of competition.
In the 3-meter dive, Meaghan O’Meara placed sixth, and Sami McIntyre finished
eighth. Both divers advanced to the championship.
Rachel Cleak finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly and also qualified for the championship race.