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Apr 16, 2013 9:17 PM by Andrew Masuda

Masutani breaks HR record, powers Cuesta to 4-1 win over Hancock

Cuesta College softball star Kryn Masutani broke school history and powered the Cougars to a 4-1 win over rival Allan Hancock in an important Western State Conference game on Tuesday.

The win put the two rivals in a tie for third place in the WSC. Cuesta is 11-6 in conference and 19-19 overall, while the Bulldogs are 10-5 in league and 20-15 for the season.

The sophomore shortstop clubbed a 2-run home run in the bottom of the first inning against Nathalia Powell to stake the Cougars to a 2-0 lead. Then in the third, Masutani crushed a 2-run blast just inside the left field foul pole to give Cuesta a 4-0 advantage. Each time the long ball scored Atascadero High grad Laura Gorman.

The Hawaii native broke the school record set in 2005 for most home runs in a single season with her 12th and 13th of the season. She also pushed her single season RBI record to 65 and the mark for most career RBI to 75. She already owns the program record for most doubles in a season with 22 and is tied for most stolen bases in a season with 31.

Masutani ranks #1 in the state in doubles, RBI and total bases. She ranks third in home runs and stolen bases.

Masutani finished the game with 3 hits and 4 RBI. Mackenzie Brewster and Christina Corsaletti each had 2 hits for the Cougars.

Celine Blanco earned the win for Cuesta. She allowed 1 unearned run and 8 hits in a complete game to improve to 8-10.

Powell was tagged with the loss after allowing 8 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings. She dropped to 15-8 on the season.

The Bulldogs were led offensively by Marissa Perez and Michaela Valencia, who had 2 hits each. The Bulldogs lone run came in the fifth inning when Tawny Nunes singled home Valencia.

Hancock plays a doubleheader this Thursday at Ventura, before hosting Oxnard in its regular season finale next Tuesday. The Cougars wrap up the season next Tuesday at Ventura.

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