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Cal Poly Softball Edges Long Beach State for First Big West Win

Cal Poly Softball Edges Long Beach State for First Big West Win

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore righthander Jordan Yates tossed a complete-game shutout and stranded 13 Long Beach State baserunners as the Cal Poly softball program earned its first Big West Conference victory of the 2013 season by edging the 49ers on Sunday afternoon at Bob Janssen Field, 2-0.

The Mustangs (11-19-1, 1-2) produced three of their six hits and all of Sunday's runs during the bottom of the first inning. Third baseman Jillian Andersen followed second baseman Ashley Romano's leadoff walk with a single before both players moved into scoring position through shortstop Kim Westlund's sacrifice bunt. Cleanup hitter and junior designated player Celina Lafrades then laced a base hit toward 49er shortstop Shayna Kimbrough that brought home Romano. Junior catcher Mariah Cochiolo followed with a single down the left field line that scored Andersen to provide Cal Poly its 2-0 lead. 

Despite allowing at least one hit to Long Beach State during all seven innings and stranding at least one Long Beach State baserunner in scoring position during six of seven innings, Yates (3-8) consistently worked out of trouble.

Principally, Yates – who left the Long Beach State bases loaded during the top of the first – helped preserve Cal Poly's lead during the latter innings. With two 49ers in scoring position and two down in the fifth, Yates induced an inning-ending groundout from Long Beach State designated player Sarah Carrasco. With two runners on and two out in the sixth, Yates yielded a grounder from 49ers third baseman Hannah De Gaetano that forced left fielder Brianna Stephan out at second base. Long Beach State catcher Karli Sandoval doubled with two outs in the seventh, but Yates forced Carrasco to pop out to end the game.

Lafrades and Cochiolo each finished with two hits for Cal Poly, which concludes a five-game home stand on Monday, March 25 when hosting Fresno State for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.