Cal Poly softball lefthander Anna Cahn wasted little time getting back into midseason form.
The junior threw an eight-inning shutout and collected the Mustangs’ lone hit in a 1-0 season opening win over Portland State on Friday at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles.
Dana Perez hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Rebecca Patton for the game’s only run.
In the team’s second game against No. 4 UCLA, Cal Poly struggled offensively as the Bruins pounded out an 8-0 win in five innings.
Megan Langenfeld went 3 of 3, including a grand slam in the third inning off Patton that gave UCLA a 4-0 lead.
Samantha Mancuso put the game out of reach with a three-run homer in the fifth inning.
The Mustangs (1-1) will play the Vikings in a rematch of the tournament’s first game at 1:30 today.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Kline wins in fast time
Peter Kline claimed the men’s 400 individual medley title at the Big West Conference Championships in a near meet-record time of 3 minutes, 46.79 seconds.
Kline’s time was the fifth-fastest in the nation this year.
Angie Haven picked up her second individual title as she captured the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:02.59, two days after taking the 200 IM.
Molly McElrath claimed the women’s 3-meter diving event with a score of 229.90 over six dives.
The Mustangs are in third place in both the men’s and women’s team competitions.
UC Davis leads the men’s competition with 625 points while Cal Poly is a distant third with 419. On the women’s side, UC Santa Barbara has 601 points while the Mustangs have 429 points.
Cal Poly 7, Cal State Fullerton 0
The Mustangs (4-1, 1-1) didn’t drop a single set in earning their first Big West victory.
Cal Poly’s Steffi Wong and Alexa Lee started the Mustangs off with an 8-3 doubles win.
Suzie Matzenauer, Ashley Pane, Wong, Lee, Diane Filip and Jocelyn Davis won in singles for the Mustangs.
“We came out dominant in doubles, received a great start in singles play and played aggressively throughout each of the matches,” Cal Poly assistant coach Andy Gerst said.
Cuesta 5, El Camino 4
The Cougars (4-3) trailed 4-2 in the ninth inning before scoring three runs in the final frame to win the game.
Michael Camporeale hit a two-run, pinch-hit double to tie the score and eventually scored the game-winning run on a single by Mike Williamson.
John Brehm (1-0) picked up the win for Cuesta with an inning of hitless relief, striking out all three batters he faced.
Ty Muller hit a two-run homer to get Cuesta on the board in the fourth. Shortstop TJ Filicia had three hits for the Cougars, who handed El Camino (6-1) its first loss of the season.