SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton softball team won its sixth straight game, a 2-1 victory at Cal Poly, to remain undefeated in Big West Conference action. The Titans picked up the win with the help of 5.0 strong innings from senior left-hander Desiree Ybarra.
Ybarra picked up her 10th win of the year and helped the Titans improve to 31-10 overall and 6-0 in league play. The Mustangs, meanwhile, fell to 16-17 on the year and 0-6 in conference action.
The Titans scored two runs in the first inning and that was all they would need as Ybarra would allow just one run in her outing.
Cal State Fullerton got things going as Missy Taukeiaho drew a one-out walk and moved to third base on a double down the leftfield line by Sarah Moore. With runners at second and third, the Mustangs' starter Stephanie Heyward (0-4) threw a wild pitch that would score Taukeiaho and advance Moore to third.
With Moore at third, Cal Poly committed an error that allowed the senior designated player to come home and score the second run of the inning.
The Titans held a 2-0 lead until the third inning when a pair of singles and a sac bunt got the Mustangs on the board.
With a 2-1 lead, Ybarra was on point as she did not allow another run to score. She pitched 5.0 innings and allowed just one run on four hits. She walked one and fanned three before making way for freshman right-hander Sydney Golden who shut down the Mustangs for the final two innings of action.
Golden pitched 2.0 innings of work and allowed just one walk while striking out two en route to collecting her first save of the year.
Heyward suffered the loss after tossing 3.2 innings of work and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with four walks. Lindsey Chalmers pitched the final 3.1 innings and allowed just two hits.
Cal State Fullerton's leadoff hitter, Samantha Vandiver, was the only Titan to record a multi-hit game as she went 2-for-4 on the day. Taukeiaho was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored, while Moore was 1-for-4 with a run.
The Titans return home to host UC Davis on Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m., at Anderson Family Field. Live stats, video and audio will be available on FullertonTitans.com.