The Cal Poly softball team dropped the opening game of its doubleheader against Cal, 5-3, on Thursday, before Stephanie Heyward pitched a complete-game two-hitter in a 5-0 victory for the nonconference split at Bob Janssen Field.
The Golden Bears scored four runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI single and a three-run home run by catcher Annie Aldrete. After managing a single hit in the first two innings, Cal Poly loaded the bases before Nisa Ontiveros extinguished the threat, inducing two popups from Breana West and Sierra Hyland.
Cal tacked on another run in the fifth, and could have had more, but Cal Poly pitcher Lindsey Chalmers (8-10) wriggled out of a bases loaded jam, conceding just the lone run.
Cal Poly got on the board in the bottom of the seventh after an infield grounder by Amanda Sandoval scored Alina Goodrum and a Hyland two-run double.
The second game was a different story, as Cal Poly scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead. Heyward, Hyland and West each singled to load the bases before Courtney Tyler lined a single into centerfield. Heyward scored on the play and Hyland reached home after Cal’s centerfielder misplayed the ball. Betsy Colburn then singled to score West.
The Mustangs scored two more runs in the third inning when Colburn hit a two-out triple to score Shawna McDonough and Tyler for a 5-0 lead.
Heyward kept Cal without a baserunner past second for the entire game and allowed just one hit through the first four innings for her first career shutout.
Cal Poly hosts CSUN for a three-game Big West series beginning at 1 p.m. April 23.
Cuesta 6, Ventura 0
The Cuesta baseball team shut out Ventura in a Western State Conference contest on Thursday.
Neil Uskali pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out 11. It was Uskali’s third complete game of the year and his second shutout, both of which led the team.
Uskali also has struck out at least 10 batters in each of his past three starts.
Five Cougars had at least two hits, led by Robbie Silva, who was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Four other Cougars added RBI.
Cuesta (22-10, 15-5) holds a 2 1/2 game lead over the Western State Conference, and hosts Oxnard on Saturday.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cuesta at the Western State Conference finals
The first day of the finals kicked off at Cuesta College on Thursday.
Defending champions Ventura and Santa Barbara took the lead in the the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively. Ventura leads with 203 points, followed by L.A. Valley at 173 and Canyons third at 136. Cuesta is fifth at 107.
Canyons won the last three men’s events of the day, with Griffin Scott winning the 200-meter individual medley and William Karren taking the 50 freestyle.
Mick Ringgold was fifth in the 50 free for Cuesta.
Santa Barbara won the slate of events on the women’s side, save for Ventura’s Kristina Hill winning the 500 free. Santa Barbara leads with 222 points and Ventura is second at 174. Cuesta is third with 92 points.
2015 All-American Ande Miller was fourth in the 500 free for Cuesta’s top finish of the day.