College Sports

College Roundup: Cal Poly softball team stuns No. 8 Oregon

The Cal Poly softball team upset eighth-ranked Oregon 6-4 Friday at the Arizona State Kajikawa Classic in its second game of the day. 

Lauren Moreno hit two home runs for the Mustangs (1-1) against the Ducks. Moreno hit two home runs all of last season. 

Moreno’s leadoff home run in the top of the first inning gave Cal Poly the lead until Oregon tied the score on a two-out single in the second inning.

The Mustangs scored once more in the top of the fourth but the lead was shortlived. Oregon scored two more to go up 3-2.

Cal Poly responded when senior catcher Mariah Cochiolo and Breana West drove in three runs off two home runs and gave the Mustangs the lead for good.

Junior Chloe Wurst (1-1) was the winning pitcher, allowing nine hits and two earned runs. 

Oregon, the defending Pac-12 Conference champions, was the highest-ranked team Cal Poly has defeated since it beat No. 2 Texas A&M in 2008. 

Earlier in the day, Cal Poly lost to Seattle 8-4 in its season opener. 

Seattle scored three runs in the first and two more in the third to go up 5-0. 

The Redhawks scored two more in the fifth before Cal Poly scored its first run when Mariah Cochiolo homered to right center. 

Jillian Anderson doubled in two runs, and Breana West advanced on an illegal pitch to score two more runs for the Mustangs in the bottom of the sixth.

Sacramento City 2-10, Cuesta 0-2

Bre Ojala singled in the first game for the Cougars (4-2). Sacramento City had one home run. 

In the second game, Cuesta’s Breanne Jones singled and scored the first run after a fielder’s choice. 

In the sixth, Ojala doubled and advanced to third. Delaney Furn singled, scoring Ojala for Cuesta. 

Katie Donham flied out and Jones grounded out to second base to end the game. Sacramento City had one home run in the first inning, and one in the second.


Orange Coast 3-9, Cuesta 1-1

The Cougars dropped both games to the Pirates at home. 

The Cuesta (0-3) lineup struggled to generate offense throughout the day and left 18 runners on base. 

Anthony Baleto pitched the entire seven-inning first game for the Cougars and gave up three runs and five hits. Baleto struck out three. 

Cuesta’s lone run came in the fourth inning when Miles Franklin tripled and then scored on an error. 

Pitcher Evan Peterson lost the second game, giving up five runs and six hits in five innings. 

Peterson gave up five runs in the third inning. Cody Maples singled for Orange Coast with one out and then Chris Blasing hit a two-run home run to highlight the inning.


Arizona 4, Cal Poly 3

With the final point to be determined, Cal Poly’s Jurgen De Jager fell 6-2, 3-6, 6-5 (7-5) in singles after leading 5-2 in the third set.

Naveen Beasely and Ben Donovan dropped their doubles match 6-3, and Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thompson lost 6-5 after battling down from a break and forcing a tiebreaker.

The Mustangs’ three points came in singles from Donovan, Beasley and Comuzzo. 

Donovan beat Arizona’s Sumeet Shinde 6-2, 6-2, while Comuzzo won 6-4, 7-5, and Beasley won 6-4, 6-4.