Ashley Tornio hit a game-winning, three-run home run to help the Cal Poly softball team avenge a no-hit loss to CSU Bakersfield and split a doubleheader with the Roadrunners on Tuesday in Bakersfield.
The second baseman’s seventh-inning homer lifted the Mustangs (17-17) to an 8-6 win, which came on the heels of a 2-1 defeat that saw Bakersfield pitcher Kelsie Monroe hold Cal Poly hitless.
The Mustangs’ lone run of the opener came in the second, when Stephanie Heyward reached on an error and scored on an Amanda Sandoval groundout.
Bakersfield took the lead in the sixth off starting pitcher Sierra Hyland, as Selena Gonzalez tripled home Madison Bundy and came home one batter later on a throwing error.
Hyland drew a leadoff walk in the seventh but a groundout and two pop flies in foul territory ended the first game.
Heyward went 3 for 4 with two runs in the nightcap, and pinch hitter Betsy Colburn slugged a two-run double as part of a four-run sixth inning that tied the score at 5.
The Roadrunners (12-13) re-took the lead in the bottom of the frame, when Bundy’s double off Hyland — on in relief of starter Lindsey Chalmers — scored Briana Pontecorvo.
But Hyland started the two-out rally in the seventh with a double down the left field line, which was followed by Heyward’s single and Tornio’s blast to left field.
Hyland pitched around a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win and improve her record to 12-10.
Allan Hancock 10, Cuesta 0, 5 innings
The Cougars also fell victim to a no-hit performance, as Katie Chenault struck out 11 in five innings to hand Cuesta (8-12, 4-2 Western State Conference) its first conference loss of the season.
The Cougars were forced to forfeit the second game of the scheduled doubleheader because of a lack of players. According to a Hancock news release, one Cuesta player was forced to leave because of a prior academic engagement and another was forced out with an injury, leaving only eight Cougars available.
Compton earns second straight MWC honor
Arroyo Grande High graduate and Fresno State junior Jill Compton was named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week for back-to-back weeks, as the Bulldogs opened conference play with a three-game sweep of Colorado State.
Compton, an Oceano native, won both of her starts against the Rams by allowing one earned run in 12 innings and striking out 12.
The 2011 Tribune County Player of the Year owns a 13-7 record on the year for Fresno State (22-10) with a 2.44 ERA, 11 complete games and 132 strikeouts in 1291⁄3 innings.
Allan Hancock 5, Cuesta 2
A two-out error in the fifth inning led to three unearned runs that ultimately doomed the Cougars (11-12, 8-5 WSC) against their nearby rival.
Blake Chandler hit a solo home run, and Josh Falco drove in the other for Cuesta, which had starting pitcher Jackson Gentes go 51⁄3 innings with seven hits, five runs — two earned — one walk and five strikeouts.
Relievers James Kannenberg and Dan Beavers kept the Bulldogs (9-15, 6-9) off the scoreboard, but Hancock closer Matt Shackley didn’t allow a hit in 11⁄3 innings to earn the save.
TRACK AND FIELD
Fresno State Twilight Meet
Five Cal Poly sophomores won events as both the men’s and women’s teams topped San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield but fell to Fresno State at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Ben Hartinger won the men’s 110-meter hurdles in 14.50 seconds, Arnie Sambel’s throw of 53 feet, 41⁄4 inches won him the shot put, and Brad Beekman cleared 16-03⁄4 to win the pole vault.
Daijah Joe-Smith won the women’s 100 in 11.99, and Allie Sulaitis took the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 48.14 seconds.
The Cal Poly men defeated Bakersfield 58-28 and San Jose State 61-0 with a 53-43 loss to Fresno State. The women beat the Roadrunners 62-35 and the Spartans 58-25 with a 65-46 loss to the Bulldogs.
UC Irvine 4, Cal Poly 1
The third-seeded Mustangs fell to top-seeded UC Irvine in the finals of the Cal Poly Collegiate Match Player Championship at Cypress Ridge Golf Course.
Court Lewis registered the lone win for Cal Poly with a 4-and-3 victory, while Justin De Los Santos fell in the second hole of aplayoff.
UC Santa Barbara took third over CSU Bakersfield, and Weber State defeated the Cal Poly B squad in the consolation finals.