The Cal Poly softball team cycled through three pitchers in the first inning alone in a 13-5 five-inning loss to No. 8 Arizona State in the Mustangs’ final tune-up before the start of Big West Conference play Sunday, one night after falling 3-2 to the host Sun Devils in extra innings.
Cal Poly starter Anna Cahn allowed five runs — one earned — without recording an out before being relieved by Helen Peña, who gave up four earned runs before also being relieved in the first.
By the time Rebecca Patton came on to pitch with two outs in bottom of the first, the Mustangs (11-15) trailed Arizona State (31-4) by nine.
Cahn rebounded to go 2 for 2 at the plate and hit her second home run of the season as Cal Poly matched a season-high with 11 hits. Patton, who allowed four runs, three earned, over the final 3 2⁄3 innings, batted 1 for 2 and also homered.
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Nora Sobczack was 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI for Cal Poly, and teammate Dana Perez was 2 for 3 with an RBI. SWIMMINGKline at national championship meetCal Poly junior Peter Kline will have to return to the national championships next year if he wants to become the first NCAA Division I All-American for the Mustangs since the early 1960s.
The Fresno native had the 37th fastest time in preliminaries for the 200-yard backstroke and missed qualifying for the finals at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships at Ohio State.
Kline’s time of 1 minute, 45.80 seconds was about one second off the school-record mark he had at the Big West Championships a month ago. He would have needed to reach the top 16 to get to the final round. Kline, who also competed in the 200 and 400 individual medleys, already became the first Cal Poly swimmer to advance to the NCAA Championships since the university’s athletic program elevated to Division I in 1994.
TRACK AND FIELDBrewer fourth in the Cal-Nevada 100 hurdlesCal Poly sophomore Tenise Brewer highlighted the Mustangs’ performance in the Cal-Nevada Championships at UCLA with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.
Brewer’s time of 13.99 seconds was good enough for eighth all-time on the Cal Poly list and was just off her career best of 13.95 seconds set last season.
MEN’S TENNISCal Poly 6, Ball State 1Matt Fawcett and Brian McPhee remained perfect at the Boise State Spring Break Classic and the Mustangs finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.
Fawcett and McPhee were both 3-0 in singles play.
Cal Poly also swept all three singles sets from the Cardinals just a day after Ball State got a 5-2 win over UC Irvine — a team ranked in the top 50.