Cal Poly Rallies to Top Iowa, Falls to No. 25 Michigan at Garman Classic

Cal Poly Rallies to Top Iowa, Falls to No. 25 Michigan at Garman Classic

SCHEDULE NOTE FOR SUNDAY: Cal Poly will conclude Judi Garman Classic play on Sunday, March 4. Cal Poly's Friday tournament opener versus Fresno State was halted due to rain at 2-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning. That game will resume at 10 a.m. Cal Poly will finish the tournament versus Michigan State at 1 p.m.

FULLERTON – Sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin's two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning provided the difference for the Cal Poly softball program Saturday afternoon as the Mustangs closed a doubleheader at the Cal State Fullerton-hosted Judi Garman Classic with a 3-2, come-from-behind victory versus Iowa. The Mustangs, however, settled for a Saturday split after dropping their opener to No. 25 Michigan in five innings, 11-3.

During Saturday's victory versus Iowa (4-7), the Hawkeyes took a 2-0 lead during the bottom of the third inning through a two-run homer by center fielder Allie Wood.

Iowa starting lefthander Lauren Shaw (1-3) kept the Mustangs to a single hit through the opening three innings before allowing a leadoff walk to freshman designated player Noellah Ramos to begin the fourth. Ramos then advanced to second base through a Shaw wild pitch, went to third on a ground out by junior right fielder Crimson Kaiser and scored on yet another wild pitch.

Facing the 2-1 deficit, Cal Poly (8-8-1) stranded two baserunners in the fifth before surging ahead in the sixth. Kaiser singled to lead off and set up the opportunity for Martin, who swatted her first homer of 2018 over the right center field wall.

Cal Poly starting senior righthander Lindsey Chalmers (5-2) then kept Iowa hitless during the final two innings. Chalmers struck out six against just two walks.

During Saturday's loss to No. 25 Michigan (13-6), the Wolverines solidified their lead in the bottom of the first inning through right fielder Aidan Falk's two-run homer.

Michigan then produced a six-run, second inning highlighted by a two-run double from first baseman Tera Blanco.

The Mustangs cut into Michigan's 8-0 lead in the top of the third as senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar followed a leadoff walk from sophomore second baseman Alyssa McKiernan and double by senior center fielder Amanda Sandoval with a two-run double of her own.

Cal Poly added its third run in the top of the fifth as Kaiser singled up the middle with one down to score Convissar. Michigan, however, had already cancelled out the run with a single run of its own in the fourth before scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth to force the run-rule decision.

Sophomore righthander Shelby Jeffries (0-2) took the loss for Cal Poly after allowing seven runs in one and one-third innings.