College Roundup: Fan event set for tonight to honor Cal Poly men's basketball team

Also, Mustangs' softball team sweeps pair of tourney games by identical 7-0 scores

sports@thetribunenews.comMarch 24, 2014 

On the heels of the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance and victory, the Cal Poly men’s basketball team is hosting a social for fans and supporters tonight at 6 p.m. at Charlie’s Place in San Luis Obispo.

Following the Mustangs baseball team’s 3 p.m. series finale against Cal, the social will feature appetizers and allow members of the public to interact with players and coaches that led Cal Poly on its improbable run to its first Big West Conference Tournament title and two NCAA Tournament games.

The Mustangs became the first seventh-place team to win the Big West Tournament and defeated Texas Southern 81-69 in a First Four duel for the No. 16 seed in the Midwest Regional before a 64-37 loss to No. 1 seed Wichita State in the round of 64 ended their season Friday.

Mustangs softball sweeps, 7-0, 7-0

Freshman pitcher Sierra Hyland produced a career-high 15 strikeouts in a 7-0 win over Dartmouth, and the Cal Poly softball team went on to also beat tournament host Loyola Marymount by an identical score to sweep a doubleheader in the LMU Invitational on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Hyland allowed just two hits in the opener against Dartmouth, striking out nine of the first 10 batters she faced. Hyland totaled 19 strikeouts in 11 innings over the course of the doubleheader and also did damage at the plate.

Combined, Hyland was 3 for 7 with two doubles and three RBI, and she wasn’t the only offensive standout for the Mustangs (18-11).

Leadoff hitter Lauren Moreno was 4 for 7 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Emily Ceccacci was 3 for 7 with two RBI, and Mariah Cochiolo was 2 for 7 with a double and two RBI.

Cal Poly returns home to open Big West play with a three-game series March 29-30.

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