STOCKTON, Calif. -- Sacramento State was outscored by a combined 12-4 margin as the Hornets dropped a pair of games on the second day of the Libby Matson Softball Tournament on Saturday at Bill Simoni Field. The Hornets lost the first game of the day to CSUN, 4-2, before losing to Seattle in the nightcap by an 8-2 score.
With the losses, Sacramento State dropped to 1-2 at the three-day tournament, and will play host Pacific tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Hornets, who opened the event yesterday with a 4-2 win over CSUN, dropped to 3-5 overall with the losses.
Sacramento State's offense combined for just four runs and 11 hits over two games despite the team hitting three home runs. All three homers were solo shots, including two from sophomore Sydney Rasmussen and one from freshman Suzy Brookshire. In addition, Sacramento State's pitching staff combined to allow 12 runs and 14 hits over the two games as all four Hornet hurlers made appearances today.
Game 1 vs. CSUN
Despite a pair of home runs from Rasmussen, the Hornets fell to CSUN by a 4-2 score. The two teams were playing each other for the second consecutive day as Sacramento State defeated the Matadors by the same score yesterday.
The Hornets received solo home runs from Rasmussen in the first and fifth innings, but it was not enough. Sacramento State had plenty of chances to score more runs, but stranded seven runners aboard, batting 2-for-12 with runners on base and 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Sacramento State had just six hits, but left at least one runner on base in every inning but the third and seventh.
After Sacramento State took a 1-0 lead on a Rasmussen homer to lead off the bottom of the first inning, CSUN scored three unanswered runs, including two in the second (two-run single from Katie Habitz) and one more in the fourth on a wild pitch allowing Savannah Horvath to score. With one out in the fifth, Rasmussen went to the opposite field for her second homer of the game and third of the season to cut the deficit to 3-2. The two bombs allowed Rasmussen to become the eighth player in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1991-pres.) to connect for two home runs in the same game.
In the sixth inning, Sacramento State had runners at first and second with one out, but pinch hitter Traci Shaw and Nene Alas were both retired to end the frame. The Matadors tacked on an insurance run in the seventh and Sacramento State was retired in order in the seventh by Matador starter Daphne Pofek.
Pofek (2-2) got the win, allowing six hits and two runs with one walk and three strikeouts over seven innings. Hornet starter Taylor Tessier (0-2) took the loss, allowing three hits and three runs with six strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Savanna Corr worked the final 3.2 innings in relief, allowing just two hits and a run.
Rasmussen finished the day 2-for-4 with the two homers and two RBIs while Shelby Johnston went 2-for-3. Tiffany Moore went 1-for-1 while also being hit by a pitch. The Matadors' Nos. 1-5 hitters combined to go 0-for-13 during the game.
Game 2 vs. Seattle
After being held to just one hit through four innings against Hornet starter Danielle Sperry, Seattle broke the game open in the fifth by scoring seven times on five hits.
The big inning, which began with two singles, included five hits and a pair of throwing errors from Sacramento State's outfielders. By the time the inning finished, Seattle had sent 12 batters to the plate, and the frame was punctuated by a two-out, two-run double down the left field line from No. 9 hitter Nicole Bolasky. By the time Bolasky's double scored the two runs, Sacramento State was trailing, 7-1. Both Sperry and Hornet reliever Celina Matthias pitched during the inning, with Matthias yielding five of the inning's seven runs.
The only real highlights of the game for Sacramento State was Brookshire's first career home run, a solo shot in the seventh inning the true freshman hit to left field. In addition, after Jessica Ravetti led off the fourth inning with her first career triple, she was singled home by Tiffany Moore. That single allowed Moore to increase her hitting streak to a career-best five games, the longest streak by a Hornet this season.
Brookshire finished the game 2-for-3 with the home run while Ravetti, Moore and Nikki Gialketsis (double) also had hits. Sperry (1-1) took the loss, allowing six hits and three runs in 6.1 innings. In a rare occurrence, Sperry was called on to pitch twice in the same inning. She began the fifth inning and was pulled after she let the first two runners reach base. Matthias entered the game and got two outs before Sperry was put back in to get the final out of the fifth and pitch two more frames after that.
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