Cal Poly swept the University of Hawai`i softball team in the three-game Big West series winning both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, 8-7 and 4-1 in Saturday's doubleheader at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Cal Poly 7, Hawai`i 6 (8 innings)
The 'Bows struck first, posting one run in the bottom of the first inning. Jazmine Zamora led the frame off with a 10-pitch at-bat then beat out an infield hit to short. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt to first by Kayla Wartner. After a foul fly and a strike out, Ulu Matagiese came through with a single to the right-side to drive in Zamora. On the play, Cal Poly's second baseman made a diving stop to her glove hand side, but her flip to first from the ground didn't reach the first baseman.
In the second, UH added another run to go up, 2-0. Sarina Jaramillo and Lindsey Willmon led the inning off with back-to-back singles. After two fly outs, Kayla Wartner came through with a double to the left-centerfield gap to drive in Jaramillo from second.
Cal Poly leap-frogged Hawai`i in the top of the fourth, racking up three runs on five hits including back-to-back home runs. Emily Ceccacci reached on a one-out single and then Courtney Tyler hit a home run to leftfield. Sierra Hyland followed with another home run to give CP a 3-2 lead.
Hawai`i knotted the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth on an opposite field blast to left by Leisha Li`ili`i. It was her team-leading 11th home run of the season and 35th of her career.
Cal Poly, then went ahead, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-3 lead. Hawai`i got the first two outs on groundouts before things unraveled a little. Ceccacci doubled to left field and Brown drove her home with an RBI single to right. Then, Hyland and Cochiolo hit back-to-back doubles for two more runs.
But Hawai`i would answer back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 6-6. Heather Morales and Kristina Akiona led the inning off with back-to-back singles. Then after a foul out, Wartner launched a clutch, opposite-field, three-run blast. It was Wartner's fifth homer of the season and 22nd of her three year career.
The Mustangs however, notched a run in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by Ceccacci to score Jillian Anderson for the game-winner.
Hawai`i's Heather Morales suffered the loss, dropping her record to 9-8 overall. She threw a career-high eight innings in defeat, giving up seven runs on 15 hits with two walks and three strike outs.
Sierra Hyland improved to 21-7 overall also tossing a complete game. She gave up six runs on 11 hits with a walk and seven strike outs.
Cal Poly 4, Hawai`i 1
In the series finale, Cal Poly scored first, tallying two runs in the top of the second on an RBI-infield hit by Anderson to second that scored both pinch runner Taylor Yzaguirre and Mariah Cochiolo. On the play, UH had two outs and Anderson was hit up the middle. Jazmine Zamora made a sliding stop but the throw was late to first and two runners raced home for the early 2-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Mustangs added another run to go up, 3-0. Ashley Romano led off with a double down the leftfield line. A sacrifice bunt move her to third and then Moreno hit a grounder to first that allowed Romano to score.
Cal Poly extended their lead to 4-0, scoring one final run in the top of the seventh. Romano reached on a bunt single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Anderson. After a line out to right, Kim Westlund drove in Romano with a single to left-centerfield.
Hawai`i got one run back in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally was not enough to overtake the Mustangs. Sarina Jaramillo led off with a single to left and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Lindsey Willmon then hit a single to center but it was booted by the centerfielder, allowing Jaramillo to cross home plate.
UH's Loie Kesterson suffered the loss, dropping their record to 10-11 overall. She gave up four runs on nine hits with a walk and a strike out.
Cal Poly's Chloe Wurst earned the win, raising her record to 4-8. She gave up one run on seven hits with no walks and eight strike outs. Wurst took a no-hitter bid into the fifth inning, before giving up a single to Jaramillo. Hawai`i had just two baserunners in the first four innings both on hit-by-pitches.
For Hawai`i, the seven game losing streak is the longest since 2009 and it marked the first time the 'Bows have been swept in a conference series at home since 2011 when they lost to Boise State in three straight games.
The Rainbow Wahine now hit the road to face UC Santa Barbara. The two teams will open with a doubleheader on April 26 and end with a single game on April 27.