SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a game halted after 10 innings because of darkness, Sacramento State and Seton Hall tied, 2-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
The game began at 3 p.m., and the Hornets and Pirates played for two hours and 57 minutes until umpires ruled it was too dark to start another inning. Sacramento State does not have lights, so the game was stopped and will not be resumed. It marks the Hornets' first tie since ending 4-4 after eight innings in a home game against UC Davis on Feb. 5, 1997, and just the third tie in the program's Div. I era (1990-pres.).
Sacramento State moved its record to 4-7-1 while Seton Hall is now 8-5-1. Sacramento State was playing just its second home game of the season and will play again at Shea Stadium tomorrow for a doubleheader against Nevada at 1 p.m.
The Hornets and Pirates combined for 16 hits, but both teams had trouble pushing runs across. In fact, Seton Hall stranded 12 runners on base, and finished the game 2-for-18 with runners on base and 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Seton Hall stranded at least one runner in scoring position in the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, eight and 10th innings. In the 10th, the Pirates had a runner at third base and one out, but Hornet pitcher Danielle Sperry got a strikeout and lineout to end the frame.
Seton Hall had the bases loaded and one out in the third inning, but Hornet center fielder Shelby Johnston caught a fly ball and threw a runner out at the plate for an inning-ending double play.
Sacramento State got both its runs from the freshmen duo of Mo Spieth and Suzy Brookshire. After Seton Hall had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Brookshire lined a two-out double to center field in the bottom half of the inning. She was followed by Spieth who singled to left field to drive in the Hornets' first run.
The same exact situation occurred in the fifth inning when Brookshire's two-out double was followed by a Spieth single to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead. However, an infield single with two outs in the top of the sixth allowed Seton Hall to tie the score at 2-2. Sacramento State did not get a runner past first base during each of the final four innings.
Brookshire finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs while Spieth went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. The two freshmen combined for five of Sacramento State's nine hits. The Hornets were playing today's game without a pair of starters in shortstop Sydney Rasmussen (leg injury) and catcher Nikki Gialketsis (sickness).
All three Sacramento State pitchers threw well, including freshman Sperry who threw the final five innings, allowing no runs and just two hits. Taylor Tessier worked the first three innings, allowing three hits and a run while Savanna Corr worked a pair of innings in relief, yielding two hits and a run.
Seton Hall's Lauren Fischer went the first six innings while Reganne Camp threw the final four. Alexis Walkden was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Seton Hall.