SANTEE – Freshman catcher Makenna Young helped provide the Cal Poly softball program the first-inning lead versus San Diego on Sunday afternoon, but four errors undid the Mustangs as they closed the San Diego Classic II with a 14-7 loss to the Toreros. Cal Poly also dropped Sunday's morning opener after Ohio State scored seven times without reply in a 7-2 decision.
During Saturday's second game versus San Diego (10-20), the Mustangs (16-9) opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. After Cal Poly loaded the bases with just one hit against San Diego starting righthander Grace Hernandez (4-8), sophomore second baseman Ashley Tornio drew a walk to force home junior left fielder Courtney Tyler. Young then delivered a ground-rule double that brought home senior right fielder Betsy Colburn and senior first baseman Breana West for a 3-0 lead.
Cal Poly starting righthander Lindsey Chalmers (6-5) struck out designated player Lauren Berriatua with the bases loaded to close San Diego's half of the second, but three Cal Poly errors in the top of the third contributed to three San Diego runs – a pair of which came through first baseman Kailey Hill's two-run homer.
The Toreros then surged ahead with a seven-run effort in the top of the fourth that was comprised of a run-scoring single from left fielder Taylor Spence, a Hill two-run triple, a two-run homer by catcher Mary Grabowski and a two-run base hit from center fielder Olivia Sandusky.
Cal Poly grabbed a run back in the bottom half of the fourth, stringing together three successive hits with one down before sophomore reliever Stephanie Heyward produced a fly ball that was dropped by San Diego right fielder Sierra Berryessa. The error allowed Young to score and, with two down later in the inning, Hernandez hit Tyler with a pitch to force home sophomore shortstop Chelsea Convissar for a 10-5 deficit.
San Diego added two more runs in the fifth to go up 12-5 before Cal Poly cut its deficit to five runs once more in the sixth through sophomore center fielder Amanda Sandoval's run-scoring triple. On the sequence, Sandoval scored herself following an errant throw from Berryessa in right field.
The Toreros, however, scored twice more in the top of the seventh to finalize the game.
Young finished with a career high three hits for Cal Poly.
During Sunday's opener versus Ohio State (15-7), Cal Poly notched the game's opening runs in the top of the second inning. With West having led off with hit and pinch runner Shawna McDonough advanced to second through a Colburn sacrifice bunt, Tornio lined a single into center field. The ball was misplayed by Buckeyes center fielder Taylor White and the error allowed McDonough to score and Tornio to reach third base.
Young then provided Cal Poly a 2-0 lead with a single through the right side of the infield that scored Tornio.
Ohio State, however, required just a half-inning to tie the matchup with White delivering a two-out, two-run double.
Cal Poly starting righthander Sierra Hyland (10-4) eventually closed the second by striking out the side, but Ohio State right fielder Alex Bayne wrested the lead for the Buckeyes in the third with a one-out solo homer.
The Buckeyes then furthered their lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth. With runners on first and second and two down, pinch hitter Jayla Saibene grounded a ball that went off of Convissar. The error allowed third baseman Anna Kirk to score.
Cal Poly produced two hits in the third, enjoyed two baserunners in scoring position in the fourth and one more in the fifth, but failed to generate another run.
Ohio State then tacked on two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to complete the scoring.
Sophomore designated player Stephanie Heyward, Tyler and West each finished with two hits for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly completes preparations for its April 2-3 Big West Conference-opening series at UC Santa Barbara with a Tuesday, March 22 doubleheader at Loyola Marymount. First pitch versus the Lions is scheduled for 12 noon.