The Cal Poly softball team beat Sacramento State 1-0 in eight innings while hosting the Mustang Classic as Sierra Hyland scored on an error by the Hornets third baseman on Saturday.
Hyland pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout and didn’t allow a Sacramento State (7-11) base runner past first until an error in the sixth inning.
In the eighth inning, Hyland reached on an infield single before stealing second and coming around to score on the error for Cal Poly (10-14).
Cal Poly 84, UC Santa Barbara 63
Cal Poly seniors Kristen Ale, Arian Elegado and Taryn Garza combined for 41 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in their final home game as the Mustangs clinched the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Big West Tournament.
The Mustangs will open play Wednesday at Titan Gym in Fullerton at 6 p.m. against a to-be-determined opponent.
The winner will play either Hawaii or CSUN on Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim in the semifinals.
In Saturday’s game, Cal Poly (15-13, 10-6 Big West Conference) took a 20-5 lead midway through the first half before UC Santa Barbara closed the gap, scoring 31 points in the final 11 minutes to go into the half down 48-41.
The Gauchos (2-27, 2-14) couldn’t keep up with the Mustangs’ offense in the second half as Cal Poly had its largest lead at 84-60 with three minutes left in the game.
Elegado had a game-high 24 points and eight assists, leaving her four assists shy of the school career record set by Jonae Ervin last year (467).
Garza finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Ale added six points.
Cal Poly 12, Pacific 4
The Mustangs scored early and often, jumping out to a 9-0 lead before Pacific came to the plate.
The Mustangs (4-7) added three more runs in the eighth inning.
It appeared the Tigers were going to limit the damage in the first inning to two runs, recording two quick outs before giving up the next seven runs on five hits, including a bases-clearing double by Alec Smith.
Peter Van Gansen and Tommy Pluschkell both went 4 for 5 with an RBI, while Jordan Ellis went 3 for 6 with four RBI for Cal Poly.
Starter Kyle Smith pitch six innings and was charged with all four runs.
Cuesta 5, Ventura 4
Garrett Giovannelli tripled and scored in the top of the ninth inning, scoring a much-needed insurance run as Ventura’s rally fell one run short in the bottom of the inning.
In a back-and-forth game, Cuesta tied the score at 1 in the fifth on an RBI single by Josh Medina and again at 3 in the sixth on an RBI triple by Josh Falco and RBI single by Steven Pico.
The Cougars (8-9, 6-2 Western State Conference) took the lead for good on an RBI single by Pico in the eighth.
Pico and Medina, 2 for 3 and 2 for 4 respectively, both ended with two RBI.
UC Davis 4, Cal Poly 3
The doubles point proved to be the difference as the Mustangs split their singles matches with wins from Louise Oxnevad, Molly Reed and Zoe Oedekerk.
Oxnevad and Reed swept their matches, while Oedekerk rebounded after dropping the second set to win 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
Reed also teamed up with Sayaka Tsugai in doubles, winning 8-5 for Cal Poly (1-7, 0-2 Big West).
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Atascadero High grad Rachel Gruetzmacher continued her success from the first day of the meet, notching another two victories as Cuesta finished fifth in the women’s team and ninth in the men’s team race.
Gruetzmacher won the 100 butterfly in 1 minute, 0.73 seconds before winning the 50 freestyle (24.31).
Molly Casey won the 50 backstroke in 30.18 seconds as well for the Cougars.
On the men’s side, Colton Privett finished third in the 50 freestyle in 22.15 seconds — less than a second behind the winner— for the Cougars’ top men’s finish.