First-year head coach Mike Steuerwald saw his Cuesta College softball team eliminated from playoff contention with a 2-1 loss at Moorpark on Thursday.
A week ago, the Cougars were playing for the top spot in the Western State Conference, but they’ve since lost five of six with only a season-ending doubleheader at Santa Barbara left to play.
Cuesta (16-12-1, 9-7 WSC) pitcher Rachel Thompson started her 25th consecutive game and fell to 16-20 on the season despite giving up only four hits in the complete game. Thompson has taken the decision in all but one of the Cougars’ games this season.
Moorpark improved to 19-15, 11-4 in the WSC.
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Trailing 2-0 in the seventh, Cuesta scored one run with a two-out rally, but the one run was all the Cougars could get out of their six hits, which included a double by sophomore catcher Breanan Silzer.
“We got a couple runners on and hit into a double play,” Steuerwald said.
“We had a chance. We hit the ball well all day, just right at people and couldn’t get anything put together.”
Cuesta baseball team tops Oxnard
The Cuesta College baseball team wasted a strong outing from starting pitcher Jon Moscot before a two-out bottom of the ninth rally allowed them to claim a 3-2 victory over Oxnard.
Moscot scattered six hits, allowing no runs while striking out eight in seven innings of work but didn’t figure in the decision after Oxnard rallied for two runs in the ninth inning off John Tiedemann.
Cuesta took an early two-run lead on Ty Muller’s RBI single. The score remained 2-0 until the top of the ninth.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Cuesta had a walk and a hit batsman before Zach Steele singled in the game-winning run.