The Cal Poly softball team won a pair of games at the Louisville Slugger Classic in Palo Alto on Saturday.
Anna Cahn was 2 for 2 with two RBI and pitched a complete game in a 7-4 opening win over Santa Clara (5-12).
Krysten Cary and Nora Sobczak had two hits apiece for the Mustangs (10-8).
Cahn allowed four runs, one earned, while striking out nine.
Cal Poly put the game away in the seventh with three runs, two of which came on a double by Nicole Lund.
In the second game, the Mustangs were forced to come from behind twice to beat Princeton.
Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Sobczak walked and eventually scored on a two-out double by Cahn to tie the game.
After Princeton (5-11) scored a run in the top of the eighth, Dana Perez scored on a Trista Thomas single.
Three batters later, Thomas scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Stephanie Correia.
The Mustangs will get a chance at redemption when they play host Stanford as part of a doubleheader today. The Cardinal knocked Cal Poly out in the final of the Palo Alto Regional in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
BASEBALLCal 14, Cal Poly 2The Cal Poly bullpen again struggled, giving up 11 runs in three innings after Matt Leonard left trailing 3-2 after six innings.
Leonard took the loss, allowing three earned runs on nine hits. He struck out five and walked none.
J.J. Thompson had a double and an RBI for Cal Poly (6-11) and Luke Yoder added a triple and a run scored.
Jeff Johnson allowed five runs on four hits in third of an inning in relief.
Bobby Crocker was 0 for 3 with an RBI.
Freshman right fielder Mitch Haniger extended his hitting streak to nine games with a ninth-inning single, and sophomore second baseman Matt Jensen has a seven-game streak following his second-inning single.
Cal (11-6), which had 24 hits in the game, got four each from Tony Renda and Danny Oh.
Cuesta 15, Allan Hancock 3The Cougars got back into the Western State Conference race with an offensive explosion and a solid game on the mound from a converted catcher.
Coming into the week, Cuesta was just 1-3 in conference play and had lost three in a row while the Bulldogs (11-7, 4-2 WSC) were sitting atop the WSC at 4-0.
Cougars coach Bob Miller said this series wasn’t altogether pivotal, but a 1-5 start in conference might have been disastrous.
“We had a very good offensive day, and we pitched as well,” Miller said. “A complete ballgame. It was very good to see that.”
With multi-run rallies in the first, second and fifth innings, Cuesta led 7-1 before erupting for six runs in the top of the seventh.
Centerfielder Zach Steele batted 5 for 6 with two home runs and five RBI for the Cougars. Teammate Mat Anderson was 3 for 5 with two runs, and Ty Muller, Bret Hartman and Austin Cunningham each batted 2 for 4.
Muller and Cunningham drove in two runs apiece.
Jake Reed (2-1) picked up the win after giving up three runs, two earned, while striking out five and walking one in eight innings.
With Mitch Prophet, who batted 1 for 2 with a run, taking a strong hold on the catching position, Reed was moved to the mound, where he has good command of his fastball and a curveball he can throw for strikes.
“We’ve been looking for a third guy to be in a three-man rotation, and Jake pitched some in high school,” Miller said. “He’s a competitive kid.”
WOMEN’S TENNISCal Poly 6, Dartmouth 1The Mustangs swept doubles, claiming the doubles point for the 13th time in 14 matches, and won five of six singles matches as well.
Cal Poly’s Suzie Matzenauer won 6-4, 6-1 over Sarah Leonard while Steffi Wong claimed a 6-2, 7-5 win over Mary Beth Winingham.
The Mustangs will host No. 11 Stanford today at 2 p.m.
SWIMMING AND DIVINGCuesta at WSC Quad No. 2The Cougars men and women won a Western State Conference quad meet in Woodland Hills.
The women scored 92 points, beating Bakersfield by 27 points in the team standings.
Aimee Dewante won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11 minutes, 22.42 seconds, nearly 38 seconds ahead of second place.
Dewante also won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.64.
Kat Shellooe also won two events for Cuesta, taking the 100 free (57.30) and the 200 free (2:03.09).
On the men’s side, Cuesta easily took the top spot with 125 points. Citrus was second with 48.
Evan Norton won the 1,000 free by more than a minute, finishing in 10:23.18. He also claimed the 500 free (5:02.62) by more than 20 seconds.
Devin Graham won the 200 IM (2:04.74) and the 200 back (2:00.43) for the Cougars.