The Cal Poly women’s basketball team beat UC Santa Barbara 79-68 on the road Saturday to secure the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big West Conference Tournament and a first-round bye.
Ariana Elegado sunk a 3-point shot with just more than five minutes left in the game for the Mustangs (17-12, 11-5 Big West) to extend their lead to five and pull away from the Gauchos.
Elegado led Cal Poly with a career-high 32 points, including six 3-pointers, and is the third Cal Poly player to pass the 1,000-point career mark this season, joining Molly Schlemer and Jonae Ervin.
Schlemer scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, marking her 14th double-double this season.
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Kristin Ale came off the bench to add 13, and Ervin finished with 12 points on the night.
The Mustangs are off until the semifinals of the Big West Tournament on Friday in Anaheim, where they are looking to repeat as tournament champions and earn their second straight NCAA Tournament berth.
Seattle 15, Cal Poly 14
The Mustangs lost two leads, and a four-run seventh inning gave the Redhawks (6-9) the lead for good.
Cal Poly (10-3) led 7-1 in the sixth inning, but Seattle scored 10 runs off six hits, five walks, and a hit batter in the bottom of the inning.
Cal Poly regained the lead, scoring six runs in the seventh on three hit batters and a double by Brian Mundell.
Zach Zehner led the Mustangs at the plate, going 4 for 4.
Pierce 11, Cuesta 4
The Cougars led 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning on a home run by Myles Franklin and an RBI-single from Nick Burnham.
Pierce scored all 11 of its runs before Cuesta (4-12, 0-3 Western State Conference) added two more in the seventh.
Cal Poly 3, Stony Brook 1; Cal Poly 6, Sacramento State 1
At Cal Poly’s Mustang Classic, Sierra Hyland led the way with two wins in the circle and three RBI at the plate in the two games.
Hyland came in to pitch in the third inning against Stony Brook and struck out four in the first game of the day.
Mariah Cochiolo led the Mustangs (11-9) with a RBI double and a solo home run.
Hyland pitched a complete game against Sacramento State in the second game, recording 11 strikeouts and hit a two-run home run in the top of the first.
Cal Poly 4, Pacific 3
After losing two out of three doubles matches, the Mustangs (3-5) won the four out of six singles matches to secure the win.
Jennifer Cornea, Mike Padmanabhan, Kathryn Webb and Sayaka Tsugai won their singles matches. Cornea (6-2, 6-2), Webb (6-3, 6-4), and Tsugai (6-4, 6-4) won in straight sets.
Cal Poly at Pac-12 Championships
Cal Poly sophomore Sonny Fierro smashed two Cal Poly records, and junior Paolo Stanchi claimed another record on the final day of competition at the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
Fierro captured second place in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 15 minutes 0.97 seconds, lowering his old school record by more than five seconds.
Fierro also snapped the 1,000-yard freestyle school record by five seconds with a time of 9:03.87.
Stanchi clocked 1:59.58 in the 200 breaststroke, breaking the school record by one second.
Cuesta took first and second in the men’s 50-yard freestyle with Chris Reddick finished in 21.52 seconds, and Georan Meendering was not far behind in 21.73 seconds on the second day of the Cuesta Invite.
Meendering also won the 200 freestyle in 1:42.63.
The Cuesta men’s 400 freestyle relay team wonwith a time of 3:09.05.
Austin Bauer placed third in the 200 individual medley in 1:59.11. Karissa Sternfels finished third in 50 breaststroke in 32.32.
The Cuesta men placed third in the team standings, and the women finished fourth.