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Cal Poly Softball Falls against Top-Ranked Arizona State

Cal Poly Softball Falls against Top-Ranked Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. – Host and No. 1-ranked Arizona State scratched out a three-run second inning to set Sunday's pace as the Cal Poly softball team capped its season-opening tournament with an 8-0, five-inning loss against the Sun Devils inside Farrington Stadium during the finale of the 2012 Kajikawa Classic.

Mustang starting lefthander Chloe Wurst (0-3) retired defending Women's College World Series champion Arizona State (5-2) in order during the first before walking three-straight Sun Devils with one down during the second. Mustang junior righthander Rebecca Patton then entered the matchup and summarily yielded a run-scoring fielder's choice to freshman third baseman Haley Steele as Arizona State notched the first of its three runs.

The Sun Devils then returned during the third to put the game out of reach with five runs.

Cal Poly's best chance to break through against Sun Devils starting senior righhander Hillary Bach came during the third as senior left fielder Nora Sobczak (above) reached on a Steele fielding error with one out. Sobczak, however, was erased at second base following a fielder's choice from Mustang freshman designated player Emily Ceccacci before sophomore shortstop Kim Westlund grounded out to stamp out any threat.

Cal Poly (1-4) enjoys a week hiatus before continuing its six-tournament, pre-Big West Conference stretch at the Feb. 24-26 Cathedral City Classic, hosted by Oregon State in Cathedral City, Calif. The Mustangs open tournament play versus Boise State on Friday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.