SOFTBALL FALLS AT FRESNO STATE, 5-1
FRESNO, Calif. -- Michelle Solomon had a pair of home runs and three RBIs to lead host Fresno State to a 5-1 victory over Sacramento State Friday evening in the second round of the Fresno State Softball Kickoff.
The loss dropped Sacramento State to 0-2 at the three-day, five-game tournament as the Hornets will return tomorrow to play both CSU Bakersfield at 9 a.m., and UC Riverside at 2 p.m. Sacramento State (0-3 overall) will conclude the tournament Sunday against UC Riverside at 11:15 a.m. The Hornets lost to UC Santa Barbara earlier today by a 3-2 score in extra innings.
After the Hornets got on the board in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Paige Martin scoring Alexa Chattleton, Fresno State (4-2) would score five unanswered runs. That included single runs in the first and third, two more in the fifth, and one in the sixth inning.
A solo home run from Solomon in the bottom of the first tied the score at 1-1, and Fresno State took the lead for good in the third after a wild pitch scored Brenna Moss from third base. Two innings later, Solomon hit a 3-0 pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homer to give Fresno State a 4-1 lead.
That was more than enough run support for Bulldog starter Jill Compton (3-1), who got the win after allowing four hits and one run over five innings. Taylor Langdon earned her second save of the season, pitching a scoreless sixth and seventh inning.
The Hornets had four hits and were issued three walks, but had trouble coming up with the big hit with runners on base. The team stranded eight runners on base, and Sacramento State has now left 24 runners on the base paths in three games.
Sacramento State received its four hits from Chattleton, Sasha Margulies, Paris Prado and Paige Castro. Hornet starter Taylor Stroud (0-1) took the loss in her first start of the season, allowing four hits and four runs with six walks over five innings. Jennifer Hartman threw an inning of relief.
Offensively, Chattleton (.375) has put together a nice start to the season, going 3-for-8 with a double, triple, two walks, a .545 on-base percentage and an RBI.