CATHEDRAL CITY – The Cal Poly softball program dropped both ends of its Sunday doubleheader to close the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, falling to San Diego State (8-2) in the opener and No. 13 Arizona State (11-1, five innings) in the second matchup at Big League Dreams Sports Park.
During Sunday's opening matchup versus San Diego State (8-6), the Aztecs cemented the lead for certain in the top of the first inning through a two-run double from shortstop Shelby Thompson.
Cal Poly halved San Diego State's lead during the bottom of the first with senior third baseman Noa Yakir scoring on a passed ball unfurled from Aztecs starting righthander Marissa Moreno (5-3).
San Diego State, however, added single runs in the second and fifth innings to further the lead to 4-1.
Offensively, Cal Poly stranded solitary baserunners to close the second and third innings before being retired in order during the fourth and fifth. The Mustangs took a run back from the Aztecs in the sixth as freshman pinch hitter Lily Amos singled home senior catcher Makenna Young (above) with two outs.
San Diego State though, scored four more times in the top of the seventh – highlighted by a bases-clearing double by first baseman Taylor Adams – to finalize the scoreline.
Young led Cal Poly with three hits versus San Diego State. Junior righthander Steffi Best (1-7) took the loss for the Mustangs, despite walking just one Aztec hitter.
During Sunday's second matchup against No. 13 Arizona State (12-4), the Sun Devils wrested control of the game with a four-run first inning, directed by a three-run homer off the bat of catcher Maddi Hackbarth.
Held to a single from sophomore center fielder Noellah Ramos in the bottom of the first inning, Cal Poly broke onto the scoreboard in the second with Amos scoring on an error by Arizona State third baseman Kiara Kennedy.
Arizona State, however, scored single run in the third and fourth innings to push the lead to 6-1. The Sun Devils then placed the game out of reach with a five-run fifth, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Hackbarth.
The Mustangs collected four hits versus Arizona State.
Cal Poly resumes action at the March 1-3 Stanford Nike Invitational. Cal Poly's portion of the tournament opens on Friday, March 1 versus North Dakota State (10 a.m.) and Northwestern (12:15 p.m.).