STANFORD – Run-scoring singles from senior catcher Makenna Young (above) and freshman designated player Lily Amos helped the Cal Poly softball program halve a late deficit versus Montana at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday afternoon, but the Mustangs eventually fell to the Grizzlies, 4-2.
Due to Saturday morning precipitation, Cal Poly's scheduled 10 a.m. game versus Northwestern was canceled and will not be rescheduled.
The Grizzlies stranded a baserunner at third to close the first inning, but Montana struck for its opening two runs in the second through a two-run double from right fielder Katie Pippel.
Montana was retired in order during the third after first baseman Cami Sellers lined into a double play, but the Grizzlies returned in the fourth to double their lead. With two Grizzlies on base and one down, Pippel reached on a fielding error by Mustang sophomore second baseman Sarah Wulff, a miscue that allowed designated player Maddy Stensby to score from second. Catcher McKenna Tjaden then singled home center fielder Brooklyn Weisgram to hand Montana a 4-0 advantage.
Offensively, Cal Poly was limited to two hits during the opening five innings by Montana starting righthander Colleen Driscoll (3-3). Senior third baseman Noa Yakir, however, opened the top of the sixth with a base hit, moved to second on a groundout from sophomore center fielder Noellah Ramos and scored through Young's single up the middle. Three batters later, Amos plated Young with a single to right field to cut Cal Poly's deficit to 4-2.
In the top of the seventh, Yakir reached with two down after being hit by a pitch, but Ramos grounded out to end the matchup.
Cal Poly concludes Stanford Invitational play on Sunday, March 3 versus the host Cardinal at 1:30 p.m.