The Cal Poly softball team swept a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara to move above .500 for the first time in Big West Conference play on Saturday.
Kendal Hennings scored the first run in Cal Poly’s 7-2 opening-game victory and later homered to finish with two hits.
Krysten Cary and Dana Perez also had two hits, and Shea Williams had a double and three RBI for the Mustangs.
Rebecca Patton got the complete-game win, allowing two runs on 10 hits while striking out four.
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In the late game, Cal Poly’s Anna Cahn got back to her dominant form, throwing a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Gauchos (9-27, 0-5).
Hennings again provided a spark with her second home run of the day and third of the season.
Cary added two hits and her fifth homer of the season.
The Mustangs (14-17, 3-2) have won 12 straight conference road games dating back to last season.
Cuesta College sophomore guard Roger Guardia will sign a letter of intent Wednesday to continue his collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton.
Guardia averaged 15.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Cougars as he led the team to a 26-6 record, a Western State Conference title and to the 2010 CCCAA Regional Finals.
The Titans finished fifth in the Big West Conference standings last season before falling in the tournament quarterfinals to UC Davis.
Cuesta 8, Ventura 7
The Cougars (14-13, 5-6 WSC) scored seven runs in the sixth inning and held off a late Ventura rally.
With Cuesta trailing 1-0, Matt Anderson led off the sixth with a solo home run. The Cougars used two walks and five singles in the inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
But Ventura (11-14, 5-6) fought back, scoring four in the ninth before John Tiedemann retired the final batter with runners on second and third to end the game.
Jake Reed threw 62⁄3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four to get the win.
Michael Camporeale had three hits and an RBI for Cuesta.
TRACK AND FIELD
Hasay wins 5,000 at Pepsi Invitational
Jordan Hasay made her home debut as an Oregon Duck a successful one, leading a 1-2-3 Ducks finish in the women’s 5,000-meter run at Hayward Field.
Hasay’s win helped lead the No. 2 Ducks to the team title with 212 points, easily outdistancing No. 1 and defending NCAA champion Texas A&M, which was second with 179.5 points. Oregon was second at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet and won the NCAA indoor title last month.
Missouri and Washington also competed in Saturday’s women’s meet.
Hasay, running the 5,000 for the first time as a collegian, won in 16 minutes, 16.02 seconds. Teammate Nicole Blood was second in 16:20.60, and Mattie Bridgmon was third in 16:41.07.
Cal Poly 5, UC Irvine 2
The Mustangs won five of six singles matches to improve to 3-1 in Big West play.
Jordan Bridge, Alexander Sonesson, Drew Jacobs, Brian McPhee and Robert Foy all won in singles play to ensure the team victory.
Cal Poly lost the doubles point when Foy and Matt Fawcett were the only duo to win a set.
Cal Poly 6, Santa Clara 1
The Mustangs won five of six singles matches and took the doubles point to roll past Santa Clara.
The No. 26 doubles team of Suzie Matzenauer and Brittany Blalock won 8-1 to start the day before each also won their singles matches in straight sets.
Diane Filip, Alexa Lee and Jocelyn Davis also won for Cal Poly (13-5).