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March 15, 2014

HARTMAN’S GEM HIGHLIGHTS SOFTBALL’S SPLIT WITH CSU BAKERSFIELD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sophomore right-hander Jennifer Hartman allowed two hits and an unearned run to lead Sacramento State to a 2-1 victory over CSU Bakersfield in the nightcap of a non-conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Roadrunners won the first game by a 6-1 score.

With the split, the Hornets are now 9-13, and more importantly, the second-game victory snapped a seven-game losing streak. CSU Bakersfield moved its record to 7-20. These same two teams will finish the three-game series tomorrow for a single game at 11 a.m.

Today's doubleheader opened a stretch that will see Sacramento State play eight straight, and 11 of its next 12 games at home. That includes opening up Big Sky Conference play next week with a three-game series against North Dakota.

GAME 1

Hartman was impressive the entire way, allowing just two hits while walking one and striking out four batters. She threw 101 pitches, faced just three batters over the minimum, and was denied a shutout because of a Hornet error in the fifth inning. After allowing a single to start the game, the Bonita, Calif., native retired 10 batters in a row until that streak was snapped in the fourth inning, and finished the game by retiring each of the last eight batters she faced. In fact, CSU Bakersfield left just two runners on base.

Hartman had to work out of a one-out, runner at third base jam after the score had already been tied at 1-1 in the fifth inning. In the fourth, right fielder Paige Martin made a sparking play, catching a fly ball at normal depth in the outfield and firing a strike to third base to nab Roadrunner Cassidy Santiago who was trying to tag up from second.

The Hornets opened the scoring in the fourth inning after Yesenia Alcala's two-out, RBI-single scored pinch runner Nicole Clark from second base. After the Roadrunners tied the score at 1-1, the Hornets scored what proved to the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sasha Margulies laced a one-out double to left-center, and two pitches later, advanced to third base on a wild pitch. That's when true freshman Nikki Gialketsis' RBI-single to left field scored Margulies.

That was enough cushion for Hartman who retired the side in order in the seventh inning to pick up her second win of the season. The Roadrunners' Amber Mills (0-2) got the loss, allowing five hits and two runs over six innings. The two teams combined for just seven hits, and Margulies (2-for-3 with a run) was the only player with a multiple-hit game.

GAME 2

The Roadrunners scored once in the first inning, twice more in the second, and three times over the final two innings in a game they controlled the entire way. Seven different CSU Bakersfield players had hits, including multiple-hit games from the team's first four batters in the lineup. In fact, the Roadrunners' Nos. 1-4 batters combined to go 8-for-15 with four runs and four RBIs. That included a 2-for-4 with two RBI performance from Jessica Castaneda.

Sacramento State scored its lone run in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 3-1. In that frame, a bases loaded walk to Alexis Martinez plated pinch runner Makenzie Wayadande. The Hornets still had no outs with the bases loaded, but could not score again. After the Roadrunners threw out a runner at the plate for the first out, Alyssa Vanderdrink hit into a 1-2-3 double play to end the frame.

The Roadrunners' Kelsie Monroe (6-9) got the win, allowing just one run and one hit while striking out four batters over seven innings. The Hornets' lone hit came on a Kortney Solis double that led off the fourth inning.

Hornet right-hander Taylor Stroud (3-5) got the loss, allowing eight hits and five runs (four earned) over six innings. Kaitlyn Yerby threw the final inning in relief.

After tomorrow's game, Sacramento State returns to action on Tuesday for a home doubleheader against Princeton beginning at 1 p.m.

NOTES -- In between games, former Hornet center fielder Lindy Winkler had her #3 jersey retired…she becomes just the second Hornet softball player to have her number retired (Susie Bugliarello #17), and fourth Sacramento State student-athlete from any sport to have a number retired.

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