Following a difficult non-conference schedule that featured matchups with several top teams — and a few others against ranked opponents that were rained out — the Cal Poly softball team was looking to start winning in this weekend’s Mustang Classic at Bob Janssen Field.
But the Mustangs (3-21) could not change their luck in doubleheader losses to Oregon and Fairfield on Friday.
With leading run producer and strikeout pitcher Anna Cahn away on bereavement leave, Cal Poly suffered an 8-1 loss to the Ducks in the early game and capped the first day of the tournament with a 3-1 defeat to the Stags.
Sophomore pitcher Rebecca Patton struck out seven in the complete-game loss to Oregon and threw a perfect 2 2⁄3 innings of relief against Fairfield.
But Cal Poly’s six hits against the Ducks accounted for only one run, and of the four hits registered against the Stags, Mustangs outfielder Nora Sobczack had three and scored the only run.
Cahn is expected back today, according to a Cal Poly spokesman, when the Mustangs play another doubleheader against Fairfield and UNLV beginning at 3 p.m.
MEN’ GOLFLamkin Grip/Cal Poly Challenge
Cal Poly beat Sacramento State in a one-hole playoff to take the team title at the par-72 Cypress Ridge Golf Club.
The tournament was originally scheduled for 54-holes, but was shortened to 36 due to weather conditions. After 36, the Mustangs and Hornets were tied with four man totals of 583. Cal Poly won the playoff hole, scoring 4 under to Sacramento State’s 3 under.
The Mustangs’ top finisher was Bryce Greeley, who finished in third with a 143, four strokes behind medalist Jake Johnson of Sacramento State. Pace Johnson finished right behind him in a tie for fourth with a 144. Bryan Pierce finished in seventh at 145.
Cal Poly’s B team finished in sixth place in the eight-team tournament with a total of 621. Their top finisher was Mark Wyllie, who tied for 13th along with Alex Franklin at 151.
WOMEN’S GOLFLamkin Grip/Cal Poly Challenge
Finishing seven strokes ahead of Sacramento State, Cal Poly won the tournament with a total of 624.
Coming into the final round of play after the tournament was shortened to 36 holes, the Mustangs were behind Sacramento State by 11 strokes before mounting a comeback to take the lead behind Asia Adell.
Adell finished in third with a 154, one stroke behind co-medalists Samantha Saffold of Sacramento State and Alex Phillips, a member of the Cal Poly B team.
MEN’S TENNISCal Poly 6, Air Force 1
Winning its fifth straight match and its eighth of the past nine, Cal Poly (10-2) cruised over Air Force playing in Waipahu, Hawaii. Andre Dome won in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 over the Falcons’ Lance Wilhelm to improve his singles record to 11-1 at the No. 1 position.
Alexander Sonesson and Dome picked up the first win of the day, 8-2 over Lucas Marin-Lalcedo and Taylor Soster in doubles play.
Sebastian Bell defeated Air Force’s Alex Grubbs 6-2, 6-1.
TRACK AND FIELDCal Poly at Stanford Invite
Both Tobin Villalava and LeAnne Fogg finished in second in their respective events as Cal Poly competed in the first day of events in Stanford.
Villalava completed the 1,500-meter run in three minutes, 51.44 seconds, which is among the top-15 times in the nation so far this year. Fogg finished the steeplechase in 10:31.72, 0.05 off the first place time.
Vanessa Hancock clocked a 4:36.89 in the women’s 1,500, good enough for third place.
Blake Ahrold got third in the men’s 1,500 with a time of 3:55.91.
Jasmine Pickett placed third in the long jump at 18 feet, nine inches.