FULLERTON, Calif. – Junior left fielder Lauren Moreno's solo home run during the top of the second inning set a triumphant tone for the Cal Poly softball program on Saturday afternoon as the Mustangs completed a three-game sweep of Cal State Fullerton with a 4-0 victory at Anderson Family Field.
Sophomore lefthander Chloe Wurst (8-8-1) tossed her second complete-game shutout in as many days for Cal Poly (15-20-1, 4-2), which posted its first road sweep of a Big West Conference opponent since rolling UC Santa Barbara April 10-11, 2010. The Mustangs also posted the first three-game road sweep of Cal State Fullerton in program history.
Saturday's victory, combined with 1-0 and 3-2 triumphs against the Titans on Friday, helped provide Cal Poly its best start to a Big West season since the 2010 Mustang squad opened their conference schedule with an 8-2 mark.
After Cal Poly stranded two baserunners during the top of the first inning, Moreno (right) led off the second by swatting her second homer of the 2013 season over the left field wall.
Retired in order during the third, Cal Poly returned in the fourth to tack on three additional runs. Junior catcher Mariah Cochiolo and Moreno led off the inning with successive singles before senior center fielder Whitley Gerhart walked to load the bases. Mustang junior pinch hitter Madi Vogelsang then drew a second consecutive five-pitch walk off of Titan starting righthander Jasmine Antunez (9-12) to bring home Cochiolo for a 2-0 Mustang lead.
Junior second baseman Ashley Romano finalized Cal Poly's half of the fourth with a single up the middle of the infield that scored Gerhart and Moreno to further the Mustang advantage to 4-0.
In the circle, meanwhile, Wurst allowed just four Titan baserunners into scoring position and only one as far as third base. She faced just one assault on her shutout as the Titans placed the first two hitters of the fifth on base. Wurst, however, induced a fielder's choice from Antunez that forced shortstop Gabby Aragon out at third. Wurst then produced a fly out from Titan first baseman Melissa Sechrest and a pop out from right fielder Tiffany Sheffler to end the threat.
Wurst, who tossed 68 percent of her 74 pitches for strikes, closed the game by retiring six of the final eight hitters she faced.
Cal Poly resumes action when hosting Pacific for a three-game April 6-7 series at Bob Janssen Field. Play opens with a 12 noon doubleheader on Saturday, April 6.