SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Sacramento State split a pair of games in the first day of the Mustang Softball Classic on Friday morning at Bob Janssen Field. The Hornets opened the day by defeating Santa Clara, 6-2, before falling to Stony Brook, 2-1.
Sacramento State (8-7 overall) will play five games during the three-day tournament, including twice tomorrow against host Cal Poly at 4:30 p.m. and Fairleigh Dickinson at 7 p.m. The Hornets conclude the tournament on Sunday with another game at Cal Poly at 2 p.m.
With the split, Sacramento State has won eight of its last 12 games after beginning the season 0-3.
vs. SANTA CLARA
Amazingly, the Hornets have now won 27 straight games over Santa Clara, and have dominated the series to the tune of a 71-21 all-time record against the Broncos.
Sacramento State did the majority of its damage in the second inning when the Hornets scored five times after the second out had been recorded. Four of those runs were scored after a Santa Clara error prolonged the inning. Highlighting the frame were RBI-doubles from Yesenia Alcala and Alexa Chattleton, and an RBI-single from Shelby Johnston.
A two-run double from Geenamarie Bonilla got the Broncos within, 5-2, in the fourth inning, but the Hornets tacked on one more in the fifth after Alcala's squeeze bunt successfully plated pinch runner Makenzie Wayadande.
Hornet right-hander Taylor Stroud threw well, allowing just three hits and two runs (one earned) in seven innings of work. The fourth-year senior improved to 3-2 this year and picked up her 29th career victory, which moves her into a tie for eighth place in Sacramento State's Div. I career record book.
Ciara Gonzales (0-3) took the loss for the Broncos, allowing eight hits and six runs (two earned) over four innings. Six different Hornets combined for the team's eight hits, including multiple-hit games from Johnston (2-for-4, run and an RBI) and Paige Martin (2-for-2 with a run scored).
vs. STONY BROOK
Sacramento State's seventh inning rally fell just short in the Hornets' 2-1 loss to the Seawolves. Trailing, 2-0, entering the top of the seventh, the Hornets' Sasha Margulies opened the inning with a single and Martin followed with a walk. Paris Prado then laid down a bunt single, and on the play, a throwing error by Stony Brook's pitcher Allison Cukrov allowed pinch runner Nicole Clark to score from second base and Martin advanced all the way to third.
With a run in, and runners at the corners with nobody out, the Hornets looked like they would at least tie the score at 2-2. However, Cukrov got Alcala to pop out followed by a strikeout of Paige Castro and Chattleton popped out to end the game. Cukrov (3-6) went the distance in the win, allowing four hits and one unearned run over seven innings.
The Hornets' four hits were tied for their second lowest output of the season as Sacramento State collected just two singles during the first six innings.
Sacramento State's Jennifer Hartman (1-2) took the loss, allowing just four hits and two runs (one earned) over six innings. Stony Brook scored single runs in the first and second innings, but had just one hit the rest of the way. It was a Hornet error in the second inning that allowed what proved to be the game-winning run to score. Hartman retired 12 of the final 13 batters she faced.
Chattleton, Johnston, Margulies and Prado all had hits for the Hornets. Chattleton has a five-game hitting streak and has reached base safely via hit and/or walk in all 15 games this year. Kortney Solis went 0-for-3 and saw her streak of reaching base safely in 14 straight games come to an end.