Apr 7, 2013 11:15 PM by Chris Giovannetti

Cal Poly softball loses rubber match to Pacific

Junior shortstop Kim Westlund swatted her first home run of the 2013 season on Sunday afternoon, but the shot counted as the Cal Poly softball program's lone offense against Pacific as the Mustangs dropped a 3-1 contest against the Tigers at Bob Janssen Field.

Mustang sophomore starting lefthander Chloe Wurst (9-10-1) allowed just two Pacific baserunners into scoring position and none past second until the Tigers broke through during the top of the fourth. Pacific catcher Amy Moore led off the inning with a single before reaching second through center fielder Taylor Petty's sacrifice bunt. First baseman Alex Steinmehl then delivered the game's opening run with a single into center field that scored Moore.

Pacific returned in the fifth to tack on the winning runs. With pinch runner Kamalei Pitoy on third base, left fielder Megan Foglesong on first and one down, Pacific starting righthander Nikki Armagost singled through the right side of the infield to put the Tigers up 2-0. Foglesong and Armagost both stole bases to move into scoring position during the ensuing at-bat, a plate appearance that ended with Moore dropping a run-scoring bunt in front of Mustang catcher Mariah Cochiolo.

After advancing two baserunners into scoring position without a run in the first, Cal Poly was held to two hits by Armagost (9-3) between the second and fifth innings. After Westlund drove her third career homer to right field with one out in the sixth, the Mustangs were retired in order during the seventh to end the game.

With Pacific transitioning to the West Coast Conference for the 2014 season, Sunday's matchup marked the final game between the Mustangs and Tigers as Big West Conference opponents.

Cochiolo finished with a game-high two hits for Cal Poly (16-22-1, 5-4), which hosts Blue-Green rival UC Santa Barbara for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday, April 10.



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