The Cal Poly softball team earned a doubleheader split Sunday, the final day of the Stanford-hosted Louisville Slugger Classic at Boyd Family Stadium in Palo Alto.
The Mustangs took a 3-2 win over St. Mary’s in the opener, thanks to an RBI single by first baseman Krysten Cary in the top of the seventh, but fell 8-0 in six innings to No. 10 Stanford in a rematch of last season’s final of the NCAA’s Palo Alto Regional.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Cal Poly, its longest of the season. The Mustangs (11-9) finished 3-1 in the tournament.
Anna Cahn (8-3) picked up the victory over St. Mary’s (11-11). In three games at the tournament, Cahn struck out 20 batters, walked none and posted a 0.41 ERA.
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Cary broke a 2-2 tie with the Gaels with a two-out, seventh-inning single to right that scored pinch-hitter Capri Ruiz. Ruiz had reached on an error to extend the inning.
Against Stanford (19-3), Cal Poly starter Helen Peña (2-3) took the loss after giving up seven runs in the first two innings.
Reliever Rebecca Patton came on to allow just one more run over the next four innings, but the Mustangs could muster little offense against Cardinal starter Teagan Gerhart (13-2), the triplet sister of Cal Poly freshman Whitley Gerhart.
The third Gerhart triplet, Kelsey, is a reserve catcher/outfielder at Stanford, where older brother Toby was a standout running back on the football team.
The Mustangs got just two hits against Teagan Gerhart, who struck out three.
Things hardly get easier for Cal Poly, which opened a stretch of seven games against ranked Pac-10 opponents with Sunday’s loss to the Cardinal.
The Mustangs host No. 5 UCLA on Tuesday and plays a four-game series at No. 7 Arizona State next weekend.
WOMEN’S TENNISNo. 11 Stanford 6, Cal Poly 1Brittany Blalock, the only Mustangs singles player to fall in a 6-1 upset over No. 38 Dartmouth on Saturday, was responsible for two upset victories against the Cardinal.
Blalock and doubles partner Suzie Matzenauer upended the second-ranked doubles team in Division I, and Blalock came back to upset the No. 40 singles player in the country in the team’s loss at Palo Alto.