San Diego Classic Up Next for Mustang Softball Program

San Diego Classic Up Next for Mustang Softball Program




SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The third installment of the Cal Poly softball program's six-tournament, pre-Big West Conference stretch takes place March 2-4 as the Mustangs visit the Santee Softball Complex to participate in the 2012 San Diego Classic. Hosted by San Diego State, the Mustangs (3-7) open San Diego Classic play on Friday, March 2 against Charlotte (8-6) at 1:30 p.m. and St. Joseph's (4-3) at 6:30 p.m. Action continues with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. against San Diego (4-6) and Utah State (5-6). The Mustangs complete San Diego Classic play versus Nevada (4-11) on Sunday, March 4 at 9 a.m. Cal Poly posted a 2-1 record during its only previous appearance at the San Diego Classic during the 2010 campaign.

HOW TO ENJOY MUSTANG SOFTBALL THIS WEEK: Live stats for all San Diego Classic games will be provided by San Diego State and available HERE. Nevada will provide an audio broadcast of Sunday's 9 a.m. matchup, HERE.

CAL POLY VERSUS SAN DIEGO CLASSIC OPPONENTS: The Mustangs will renew matchups against a slew of familiar opponents at the San Diego Classic while meeting St. Joseph's for the first time in program history. Cal Poly's only previous matchup against Charlotte resulted in an 8-1 triumph on March 10, 2007. The Mustangs are undefeated through three previous encounters against San Diego, though the two programs haven't met since the 2004 campaign. The Mustangs hold a 21-13 series advantage against Utah State with all but three decisions occurring when the two programs shared time as members of the Big West Conference (1997-05). Nevada leads the all-time series against Cal Poly, 9-5, but the Mustangs prevailed during the most recent and most notable encounter, knocking the Wolf Pack out of the 2009 NCAA Tournament with a 6-1 victory on May 16, 2009.

WESTLUND SETS THE EARLY PACE ONCE AGAIN: A year after opening her collegiate career by batting safely during Cal Poly's first 11 games, sophomore shortstop Kim Westlund enters San Diego Classic play leading all Big West players in both batting average (.407) and slugging percentage (.667). Westlund, also third among conference players with a .448 on-base percentage and fifth with eight RBI, has hit safely during Cal Poly's previous four games and paces the Mustangs with three multi-hit games.

NOTABLE AFTERNOON: Cal Poly's 14-7 triumph against then-No. 22 Nebraska (Feb. 25) proved noteworthy on a number of levels. As a team, the victory was Cal Poly's first against a ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 22 Northwestern (Feb. 27, 2010) – a span of 22 attempts against nationally-ranked opposition. On an individual level, sophomore first baseman Madi Vogelsang (above) entered the matchup versus the Cornhuskers with just two hits in 29 collegiate at-bats (neither of which were for extra bases). She departed the win with a pair of home runs to up her season slugging percentage to a .478 clip that ranks seventh among Big West players.

PATTON FINDING HER FORM: Despite a 1-2 mark through four appearances, junior righthander Rebecca Patton turned in one of the more notable Cal Poly pitching performances in recent memory by striking out 11 New Mexico hitters without a walk as Cal Poly capped Cathedral City Classic action with a 4-2 triumph (Feb. 26). The total matched a career best set against Fairfield (March 26, 2011). 

FIELDING TURNAROUND: A year after committing the second most errors (71) among Big West programs and ranking second from bottom in fielding percentage (.953), Cal Poly enters San Diego Classic action pacing all conference programs in fielding percentage (.976) and remains the only conference squad with a single-digit error total in 2012 (six).

MUSTANGS FACE NATION'S FINEST IN 2012: In what has become a hallmark of head coach Jenny Condon's eight-year tenure, Cal Poly is again contesting one of the most competitive schedules in Division I softball during the 2012 campaign. Continuing with a March 11 showdown at No. 11 Stanford, 10 of Cal Poly's opening 33 games will occur against programs ranked or receiving votes at some point this season in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll (ranking from date of game).

LOOKING AHEAD: Cal Poly's tournament circuit continues at the March 9-11 Louisville Slugger Classic, hosted by Stanford. The Mustangs open tournament action on Friday, March 9 with a 9 a.m. doubleheader against Ole Miss (5-4) and Colorado State (4-11). Action continues with a 6 p.m. doubleheader on March 10 against James Madison (3-6) and San Jose State (7-9). Cal Poly caps Louisville Slugger Classic action on Sunday, March 11 with a 1:30 p.m. showdown versus No. 11 Stanford (13-3).