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Cal Poly Softball Picks up First Victory of 2012

Cal Poly Softball Picks up First Victory of 2012

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sophomore shortstop Kim Westlund's run-scoring double during the top of Saturday evening's first inning proved to be the only score the Cal Poly softball program needed as the Mustangs earned their first victory of 2012 and split their Saturday schedule at the Arizona State-hosted Kajikawa Classic by downing Texas Tech, 3-0. The Mustangs, however, dropped an earlier 8-5 decision against Georgia Tech at the Tempe Sports Complex.

During the nightcap, Westlund (above) doubled to left center field with one in the first to score senior left fielder Nora Sobczak and provide the Mustangs a 1-0 cushion. Sophomore catcher Mariah Cochiolo followed with a run-scoring groundout during the fourth to plate sophomore second baseman Ashley Romano before freshman designated player Emily Ceccacci singled into right field an inning later to plate Sobczak and finalize the scoreline.

Sobczak finished with two hits for Cal Poly, which saw junior righthander Rebecca Patton (1-1) earn the victory after striking out five Red Raiders (1-4) against just one walk.

During Saturday's opening game, Georgia Tech (3-0) produced a five-run second inning, added two additional runs in the third and finished the scoring with a solitary run in the fourth before the Mustangs began their late comeback.

Held hitless during the opening four and two-thirds innings, Cal Poly loaded the bases with no outs during the fifth before junior pinch hitter Trista Thomas drew a walk to force home sophomore pinch runner Cami Brown. Sobczak then drew the fourth walk of the inning to bring home sophomore pinch runner Jillian Andersen. With two down later in the frame, sophomore shortstop Kim Westlund cut the Mustang deficit to 8-3 by singling down the left field line to plate Thomas.

Cal Poly finalized the scoreline during the sixth by scratching out a pair of runs through RBI singles from junior center fielder Whitley Gerhart and Sobczak.

Freshman lefthander Chloe Wurst (0-2) suffered the loss against Georgia Tech for Cal Poly.

Cal Poly (1-3) completes Kajikawa Classic action on Sunday against No. 1 Arizona State at 1:30 p.m.