HONOLULU — Eight different Hornets had hits today while Celina Matthias and Danielle Sperry picked up wins as Sacramento State won both its games on the second day of the Paradise Softball Classic at Rainbow Wahine Field on Friday. The Hornets opened the day with a 5-3 victory over UAB before taking the nightcap by an 8-3 score over Boise State.
Sacramento State picks up its first wins of the season while improving to 2-2 at the three-day, six-game Paradise Classic. The Hornets began the tournament yesterday with losses to Oregon State and tournament host Hawai'i. Sacramento State will conclude the tourney tomorrow against both Oregon State (11 a.m. PST) and Boise State (3 p.m. PST).
UAB dropped to 0-2 with the loss while Boise State fell to 1-2. Sacramento State was playing UAB for the first time since 2008 and now owns a 3-0 all-time record against the Blazers. The Hornets are 3-1 all-time against Boise State.
Five different Hornets collected two hits today, including Jessica Ravetti (two runs, double, home run, five RBIs), Sydney Rasmussen (home run, four runs, three walks, a .714 on-base percentage), Mo Spieth (double, three RBIs), Zamari Hinton (two walks, .571 on-base percentage) and Shelby Johnston (one run, one walk and an RBI).
Matthias (1-1) earned her first win of the season while Sperry, a true freshman, picked up her first collegiate win with three innings of relief work in the win over Boise State.
Sacramento State also finished the day batting .400 (6-for-15) with runners in scoring position, and was 4-for-4 in opportunities to drive home a runner from third base with less than two outs.
Hinton had hits in both games today and not only has she hit safely in all four games this season, the junior second baseman also has a 10-game hitting streak dating back to last year.
vs. BOISE STATE
Five different Hornets had hits and Sacramento State used three pitchers to get the win. After Boise State took a 2-0 lead, the Hornets would score seven unanswered runs during the third and fourth innings to take a commanding lead and cruise the rest of the way. Taylor Tessier worked the first three innings, Sperry pitched three more innings and Savanna Corr tossed a shutout inning in the seventh.
The Hornets' first four hitters in the lineup Rasmussen, Hinton, Ravetti and Spieth combined for five hits, six runs scored, a home runs and six RBIs. The homer came off the bat of Rasmussen, an opposite field solo shot in the fifth inning.
After a two-run homer from Rebekah Cervantes gave Boise State a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, Sacramento State immediately responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. A Ravetti sacrifice fly and RBI-singles from Spieth and Johnston highlighted an inning that saw Sacramento State score four times on two hits while benefitting from a pair of Boise State errors.
The Hornets put the game out of reach in the fourth with three more runs, this time coming on a Ravetti grounder that scored Nikki Gialketsis, and a two-run double from Spieth that plated both Ravetti and Rasmussen. Spieth was lifted from the game after injuring herself on the slide into second base.
Rasmussen's solo homer in the fifth inning was hit to right-center field and marked the sophomore's second career round tripper. Tessier allowed four hits and two runs with three strikeouts in three innings, Sperry yielded a run and three hits in three innings and Corr allowed two hits and no runs in an inning of work. With a run already in and the bases loaded with nobody out for Boise State in the fifth inning, Sperry was able to work her way out of the jam while giving up just the one run.
Ravetti cranked a three-homer in top of the first inning and the Hornets never trailed in a 5-3 win. Sacramento State also rode the right arm of Matthias (1-1), who went the distance in earning her first win of the season. Matthias, who is the reigning Big Sky Pitcher of the Year, allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out four batters over seven innings.
Ravetti's three-run blast scored both Suzy Brookshire and Rasmussen, and marked the Hornets' first round tripper of the young season. However, UAB would eventually tie the score with single runs in the first, third and fifth innings. The latter two runs came on solo home runs from Joanna Fallen and Molli Garcia.
The Hornets would take the lead back in the top of the sixth with a pair of runs. Johnston began the inning with a single to right field and was sacrificed to second by Sydnee Strong. After an infield single from Gialketsis, Johnston was able to score on a ground ball to second base from Nene Alas that forced Gialketsis at second. Alas would then advance to second on a wild pitch, and back-to-back illegal pitches from UAB's Megan Smith allowed Alas to come all the way around and score.
Matthias would make the lead hold up, retiring the side in order in the sixth inning and working around a pair of walks in the seventh. For UAB, Cara Goodwin (0-1) took the loss, allowing five hits and four runs with four walks and no strikeouts over five innings. In fact, Sacramento State did not strike out the entire game despite UAB pitchers facing 33 batters.
Five different Hornets had hits in the game, including Ravetti who finished 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs.
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