Three second-inning errors from Boston University helped the Cal Poly softball program to a brief lead Friday morning, but the Terriers scored single runs during the second through sixth innings to outdistance the Mustangs in the opening matchup of the UCLA-Long Beach State Invitational at UCLA’s Easton Stadium, 5-2.
Held to a solitary single by Cal Poly senior starting righthander Steffi Best (3-6) in the top of the first inning, defending Patriot League Tournament champion Boston University (12-4) opened the scoring in the second with first baseman Nicole Amodio doubling to plate left fielder Jen Horita.
The Terriers committed four errors Friday with three in the bottom half of the second to help bring home Cal Poly freshman pinch runner Ellie Yamashita and junior center fielder Noellah Ramos and hand the Mustangs a 2-1 advantage.
Boston University, however, tied the scoreline at the first opportunity with shortstop Patricia Dun producing a two-out single to score third baseman Caitlin Coker.
The Terriers then surged ahead with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings for the eventual 5-2 final scoreline.
After the Terriers took the lead in the fourth, Cal Poly enjoyed hits in each of its final four innings at-bat, but advanced just one baserunner past first with senior first baseman Hailey Martin doubling with two down in the sixth.
Ramos finished with a team leading two hits for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly continues UCLA-Long Beach State Invitational play on Saturday, March 7 against San Diego State (9 a.m.) and No. 18 Minnesota (2 p.m.). Each of Cal Poly’s five tournament games will be played at UCLA.
-Provided by Cal Poly