Cal Poly

Stories of the year, No. 7: Cal Poly softball wins first postseason games

Tribune file photo by Joe Johnston

The Cal Poly softball team had a breakthrough year in 2009.

Backed by the strong pitching of sophomore Anna Cahn, the Mustangs made their second trip to the NCAA regionals, picking up the program’s first two Division I postseason wins and advancing to the championship game of the Palo Alto Regional.

Cahn proved to be a dual-threat for Cal Poly, finishing in the top 10 in the Big West Conference in RBI (41), walks (30), on-base percentage (.443), batting average (.338) and slugging percentage (.497).

But pitching is where the lefthander truly shined. Cahn set school records with 28 victories and 2522⁄3 innings pitched. She finished second in the conference with 160 strikeouts, third with a 1.80 ERA and fourth with a .226 opposing batting average.

On March 7, Cahn became one of just 10 college pitchers to throw a perfect game during the season as the Mustangs blanked Utah State 8-0.Cahn, Cal Poly’s first Big West Pitcher of the Year, was named to the Easton All-American third team.

Senior shortstop Melissa Pura moved atop Cal Poly’s all-time list in homers (34) and RBI (135).

The Mustangs, who collected a program-record 41 victories, earned their first national ranking in 12 seasons and rose to as high as No. 21 in the April 28 edition of the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll.