SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State senior Lauren Blair and freshman Alyssa Vanderdrink both hit home runs, but it was not enough in the Hornets' 5-2 loss to San Jose State on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
The Hornets (16-11) lost for the second time in as many days to the Spartans, as San Jose State (24-10) won yesterday at SJSU Field by an 8-2 score.
Blair's home run, a solo shot to left field in the sixth inning, was the first in her career, while Vanderdrink's solo blast in the seventh inning was her second of the season.
The Spartans, however, had already built a comfortable lead, scoring once in the first inning, and twice more in the second and third innings. Sacramento State starter Jennifer Hartman walked the first three batters of the game before being replaced by reliever Taylor Stroud. San Jose State's scoring was highlighted by a Sharon-Rena Estrada RBI-singe in the first inning, a Nicole Schultz home run and Dorothy Morentin RBI-double in the second, and an RBI-double from Schultz in the third inning.
Schultz, who is the Spartans' No. 8 hitter in the lineup, finished the game 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs while Morentin and Estrada both had two hits.
Prior to Sacramento State's home runs in the sixth and seventh, the Hornets had just one hit through the first five innings against Spartan starter Madison Fish. The Hornets' Nos. 4-9 hitters in the lineup combined to go 1-for-15 against Fish, who improved her record to 2-2 after allowing three hits an two runs in 6.1 innings of work. Amanda Pridmore struck out the final two batters of the game to pick up her fourth save of the season.
Hartman (4-3) got the loss for the Hornets, allowing one run and three walks without retiring a batter. Stroud allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings, while Kaitlyn Yerby threw scoreless innings of relief in the sixth and seventh innings.
Sacramento State will play another non-conference game this Saturday against fifth-ranked Cal at 1 p.m. Immediately following the game, the Hornets will honor nine of the top players in program history in an on-field ceremony. Each of the nine players are featured on a large banner that measures over 79 feet in width at the back side of the Shea Stadium grandstand. The nine players represent the program's Div. I All-Americans and the Hornets who played professionally.
Those nine players are Tami Blunt (1993-96), Susie Bugliarello (1994-97), Izmena Cabrera (2008-09), Katie Cichy (1996-99), Terrie Cissna (1990-93), Nicole Deatherage (2001-04), Gina Givogri (1994-96), Jamie Schloredt (2006-09) and Lindy Winkler (2003-06).
NOTES -- Sacramento State's offense has failed to score more than three runs in 10 straight games, and the team is batting .212 with a .284 on-base percentage over that 10-game stretch…senior center fielder Kelli Frye, who had started all 26 games prior to today and is batting .320, did not play because of a foot injury.