BERKELEY, Calif. -- Cal's Cheyenne Cordes and Jordan Wallace combined for four hits and five RBIs, and Stephanie Trzcinski tossed a four-hit shutout to lead the Golden Bears to an 8-0 victory over Sacramento State in a non-conference game Wednesday evening at Levine-Fricke Field. The game was stopped after six innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on March 26, but was postponed because of rain.
The Hornets, who were playing their final non-conference game of the season, had their three-game winning snapped while falling to 22-19. Cal improved its record to 23-20.
Sacramento State will now turn its attention back to Big Sky Conference play where the Hornets will play arguably their biggest series of the year when they wrap up the regular season at Weber State for a three-game set this Friday and Saturday. The top three teams in the Big Sky standings are all within a half game of each other, comprised of Southern Utah (9-2), Sacramento State (10-4) and Idaho State (9-3).
The Hornets have just three league games left on the schedule while Idaho State and Southern Utah still have six to play. The winner of the conference's regular season title will host the Big Sky Championship on May 8-10. The top four teams in the league will play in the double-elimination tournament with the winner receiving an automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. Sacramento State is the only team in the seven-member league that has already clinched a spot for the tournament.
In today's game, Cal scored twice in the second inning, four more in the third inning, and single runs in the fifth and sixth. Sacramento State right-hander Jennifer Hartman had trouble with her command as she issued six walks in five innings. The Bears also had seven hits over those five innings while scoring seven runs (six earned). The Bears scored once more in the sixth inning off reliever Kaitlyn Yerby to enforce the mercy rule.
Trzcinski (8-9) threw a four-hit shutout, walking two and striking out 11 batters. She threw 111 pitches and did not give up a hit until the fourth inning. The Hornets had runners at first and second with one out in both the fourth and sixth innings, but could not score. Those were the only real threats Sacramento State had to score against Trzcinski.
The Hornets got their hits from Paige Martin (1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch), Sasha Margulies (1-for-3), Alexis Martinez (1-for-3) and Paige Castro (1-for-3).
For Cal, Wallace finished 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs, including a two-run double in the second inning to put the Bears on the scoreboard. Cordes went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, and Kylie Reed was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The Hornets and Weber State will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. PDT, and a single game on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT.
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