Cal Poly’s softball team stayed close with No. 11 Texas on Friday through five innings.
Then the Longhorns lit up the scoreboard.
Texas posted a combined seven runs in the final two innings to shut out Cal Poly 9-0 in its first game at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs. It is the Mustangs’ (2-9) seventh loss in their past eight games and it’s Cal Poly sixth loss to a top-25 team this season.
Sophomore Rebecca Patton got the pitching start and went 61⁄3 innings for the Mustangs. She allowed seven earned runs and struck out five batters.
For the Longhorns, Blaire Luna pitched a complete-game shutout and held Cal Poly to two hits while striking out 12.
Stephanie Correia and Kim Westlund were the only Mustangs to get a hit.
From here, the road doesn’t get easier for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly will face No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 Washington today before meeting No. 20 LSU and No. 14 Cal on Sunday.
Track and Field
Western State Conference Relays
Cuesta captured five top-three finishes in Ventura.
Brady Dieda won the men’s javelin with a throw of 159 feet.
Dominic Powell also grabbed a win in the 400-meter hurdles, running it in 48.3 seconds.
The Cougar men finished in first and third place in the 3,200 relay. First place went to the team of Bryce VanBoxtel, Vince Shaffer, Michael Salvatierra and Paul Denlinger with a time of 8:03.
Third place went to Danny Thomas, Dana Sutherland, Brecon Wilson and Chris Goberr with a time of 8:11.
The Cougars’ 1,600 relay with Denlinger, Paul Brown, VanBoxtel and Powell finished third in 3:24.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cal Poly at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships
Cal Poly is getting used to rewriting the record books.
The Mustangs broke three more school records in the third day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.
After Lacey Buck and Amy Morales broke school records Thursday, Morales went on to break another with a 56.39-second time in the 100 backstroke, breaking Stacy Peterson’s old time of 56.69 set in 2004.
She then lowered it to 56.33 in the finals to place third.
Kylie France broke a school record in the 400 individual medley. She finished with a time of 4:17.37, beating her record of 4:19:31 set a year ago.
Cal Poly has broken seven different records at the event. The meet will conclude today.
Cal Poly’s series-opening baseball matchup against Oklahoma State was postponed because of extreme cold weather.
Temperatures in the mid-30s forced the Mustangs into a doubleheader against the Cowboys today. The first game will start at noon.
Cal Poly’s home tennis match against Sacramento State scheduled for today has been postponed but no makeup date was announced.However, Cal Poly’s match Sunday at Santa Clara is still scheduled to be played at 1 p.m.