BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Cal Poly softball program split a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at CSU Bakersfield, falling 4-3 to the Roadrunners in the first game before winning the nightcap 2-0.
During Sunday's second game, the Mustangs (10-17-1) received all of the offense they needed in the top of the second inning as junior third baseman Jillian Andersen hit a bases-loaded, two-run single up the middle to drive home junior left fielder Lauren Moreno and senior center fielder Whitley Gerhart. Moreno had led off the inning with a single before Gerhart reached with a walk.
The Roadrunners (3-16) brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but pinch hitter Jessica Castaneda flew out to right field to end the game.
Cal Poly (9-18-1) outhit the Roadrunners (3-16) 8-4 in the win. Junior shortstop Kim Westlund (above) and Moreno each finished with two hits.
Cal Poly sophomore righthander Jordan Yates (2-7) earned the win in the circle, scattering four hits with one walk in the complete-game effort. She had four strikeouts.
During Sunday's opening contest, CSU Bakersfield scored its first run in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded groundout by second baseman Adrianna Cardoza. Mustang sophomore lefthander Chloe Wurst (6-7-1) struck out left fielder Karissa Veiga to leave the bases loaded, but the Roadrunners tacked on two more runs during the third through first baseman Amy Ricciardi's two-run single up the middle.
In the fifth, Cal Poly junior second baseman Ashley Romano tripled to left field to drive in junior right fielder Cami Brown and give the Mustangs their first run. CSU Bakersfield reasserted its three-run lead, however, in the next inning, on a run-scoring single by third baseman Madison Bundy.
The Mustangs posted a brief rally during the top of the seventh as Andersen produced a run-scoring single and Westlund an RBI fielder's choice. However, CSU Bakersfield starting righthander Kelsie Monroe (3-8) induced a game-ending groundout from Mustang junior designated player Celina Lafrades.
Despite the loss, Wurst matched a career high with seven strikeouts.
The Mustangs open Big West Conference play by hosting Long Beach State (18-12) for a 12 noon doubleheader on Saturday, March 23 at Bob Janssen Field.