TEMPE, Ariz. – Junior righthander Sierra Hyland struck out nine Stanford hitters, but four errors from the Cal Poly softball team undid the Mustangs during their Saturday doubleheader opener at the Arizona State-hosted Kajikawa Classic as the Cardinal scored five times in the sixth inning for a 6-4 victory. In Saturday's second game, however, sophomore righthander Lindsey Chalmers (above) matched a career high with seven strikeouts as Cal Poly bested New Mexico, 2-0.
During Saturday's second game versus New Mexico (2-1), Cal Poly (2-2) compiled four hits through the opening four innings and, in the bottom half of the third, saw freshman center fielder Noa Yakir thrown at home following a single from sophomore designated player Stephanie Heyward.
The Mustangs, however, scratched out the decisive run in the fifth as Heyward returned to single once more and drive home junior second baseman Ashley Tornio.
Cal Poly then doubled its lead in the sixth. Senior first baseman Breana West led off with a base hit and, with junior Shawna McDonough on to pinch run, freshman catcher Makenna Young laid down a bunt that was mishandled by New Mexico first baseman Kasey Halleen. The error allowed McDonough to score for the 2-0 lead.
In the circle, Chalmers (1-1) kept the Lobos to just one hit through the opening four innings and without a baserunner past second the entire game. Chalmers, who walked just two Lobos, conceded five hits to earn her first victory of 2016.
During Saturday's opener against Stanford (2-1), the Cardinal grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as third baseman Whitney Burks scored center fielder Bessie Noll with a one-out sacrifice fly.
Held to three hits during the opening five innings by Stanford starting righthander Carolyn Lee (1-0), Cal Poly broke through to take a brief lead with a four-run sixth inning. Two Cardinal errors allowed Cal Poly to load the bases with one out and Hyland took advantage with a two-run single that plated Heyward and Yakir. Two batters later, Young reached on an error by Stanford second baseman Kaitlin Schaberg and that miscue brought home sophomore pinch runner Alina Goodrum and junior left fielder Courtney Tyler for a 4-1 Mustang lead.
Stanford, however, responded immediately during the bottom of the sixth as three Mustang errors helped contribute to six Cardinal runs. Only two of Stanford's runs were scored without a Mustang error as first baseman Kayla Bonstrom produced a two-run single to cut Cal Poly's lead to 4-3.
Cal Poly concludes Kajikawa Classic action on Sunday, Feb. 14 versus Oregon State at 10:15 a.m.