SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Caitlin Brooks threw a two-hit shutout, and Kortney Solis and Alyssa Vanderdrink each hit home runs to lead Sacramento State to a 3-0 victory over Fresno State in the third round of the Capital Classic Softball Tournament Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Hornets lost their second-round game earlier today, 9-3, to Saint Marys.
Sacramento State (13-8) is now 1-2 at the three-day tournament, including a 1-0 loss to Texas State in the first round yesterday. The Hornets conclude Capital Classic play tomorrow morning against Kansas at 11 a.m. Thus far, Fresno State and Kansas are both 2-1 at the three-day event while Saint Mary's is 1-1 and Texas State is 1-2. For complete tournament information, including results, ticket prices and schedule, click here.
AGAINST FRESNO STATE
Brooks, who is just a sophomore, put together another dominant performance, allowing Fresno State (17-12) just two singles while walking none in seven innings of work. In a game that lasted an hour and 13 minutes, the right-hander threw just 75 pitches, faced two batters over the minimum, and induced 13 fly ball outs and seven ground ball outs. Brooks retired the first seven batters she faced before allowing a third-inning single. She then retired 11 batters in a row before allowing an infield single to start the seventh inning, and followed that by retiring the final three batters in succession. Brooks is now 8-2 this season with a 1.20 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .160, and the Escalon, Calif., native has allowed two hits or less in three straight starts.
The Hornets got their only runs of the game in the fourth inning when Solis deposited a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for a 1-0 lead, and Vanderdrink followed three batters later with a two-run blast to left. Both players are freshmen, and Solis connected for the second time this year while Vanderdrink's shot was her first collegiate round tripper.
Those were the only two mistakes Fresno State's Jillian Compton (7-9) made all afternoon as she allowed just four hits and three runs over six innings.
Vanderdrink finished the day 2-for-2, and was the only player from either side to record a multiple-hit game.
AGAINST SAINT MARY'S
Saint Mary's scored once in the first inning, five times in the second inning, and three more in the third as the Gaels coasted to victory. Sacramento State held a brief 2-1 lead after the first inning, but Saint Mary's immediately responded with five runs in the second and did not look back.
The Gaels' Erica Musgrave and Megan Smith combined for six RBIs, as Smith was 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Sacramento State starter Taylor Stroud (3-4) got the loss after working the first 2.1 innings. Hornet reliever Kaitlyn Yerby threw well in relief, allowing three hits and no runs over the final 4.2 innings.
Sacramento State picked up a pair of runs on a two out, two-run double from Solis in the first inning, and tacked on one more in the sixth on a Lauren Blair RBI-single. The Hornets finished with seven hits, including two from Emily McCormick.
Saint Mary's Lujane Mussadi (4-5) got the win, allowing seven hits and three runs (one earned) in seven innings of work.