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Cal Poly Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader to Oregon State, Fresno State

Cal Poly Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader to Oregon State, Fresno State

LOS ANGELES – The Cal Poly softball program was kept to three total hits on Saturday as the Mustangs dropped both of their matchups at the UCLA-hosted Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, falling to Oregon State (3-0) and Fresno State (8-0, five innings) at Easton Stadium.

During Saturday's opening matchup versus Oregon State (8-0), Cal Poly was retired in order in the top of the first inning and stranded one Mustang baserunner in the second before the Beavers notched the eventual winning runs during the bottom of the inning. It was shortstop Maia Radar and right fielder Ashton Phillips doing the damage, the former producing a run-scoring triple and the latter an RBI single to hand Oregon State the 2-0 lead.

Cal Poly sophomore righthander Dakota Casper relieved Mustang starting lefthander Krystyna Allman (1-1) after the second and allowed single hits to Oregon State in the third, fourth and fifth innings before the Beavers capped the scoring in the sixth with first baseman Frankie Hammoude homering down the left field line to lead off the sixth.

Offensively, Cal Poly was held hitless and to just one baserunner by Oregon State starting righthander Nerissa Eason (2-0) until senior catcher Makenna Young (above) singled with one down in the fourth. Junior first baseman Hailey Martin, however, lined into a double play to end that scoring threat.

Cal Poly then stranded two baserunners in the fifth while senior third baseman Noa Yakir doubled to open the sixth. The Mustangs, however, failed to advance a baserunner past second during the game.

During Saturday's second matchup against Fresno State (5-3), the Bulldogs supplied all the runs needed for victory in the bottom of the first after first baseman Rachel Minogue hit a two-out, two-run homer off Mustang starting righthander Steffi Best (0-4). Fresno State then doubled the lead in the second inning before adding three more runs in the fourth. A Mustang fielding error in the bottom of the fifth allowed Fresno State to complete the run-rule victory.

Offensively, Cal Poly produced three baserunners during the opening four innings against Fresno State starting righthander Hailey Dolcini (3-0), but were kept hitless until freshman designated player Kianah Corey doubled with two down in the fifth.

The Mustangs (2-5) close the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 17 against Loyola Marymount at 9 a.m.