PITCHING DOMINATES IN SOFTBALL’S DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP OF NEVADA

PITCHING DOMINATES IN SOFTBALL’S DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP OF NEVADA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State's Celina Matthias threw a three-hit shutout in the first game, and Taylor Tessier and Danielle Sperry combined to throw a five-hit shutout in the nightcap as the Hornets swept a non-conference doubleheader over Nevada on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Hornets won the first game, 3-0, and took the second game by a 5-0 score.

Nevada did not have an extra base hit over 14 innings as the Wolf Pack finished 8-for-50 (.160) with eight singles, a .160 slugging percentage and a .236 on-base percentage. Nevada also struck out 11 times and Hornet pitching yielded just three walks. In the first game, Matthias struck out nine batters while recording the shutout, and in the second game, Tessier (4.0 ip, 3 h) got the win while Sperry (3.0 ip, 2 h) picked up the save.

With the victory, Sacramento State improved its record to 6-7-1, and 2-1-1 at home. The Hornets played to a 2-2 tie in yesterday's home tilt against Seton Hall in a game that was called after 10 innings because of darkness. Nevada, which entered today as winners of six of its last eight games, dropped to 12-8 this season.

Offensively, Sacramento State showed some power, as Jessica Ravetti, Sydney Rasmussen and Suzy Brookshire all homered today. Coincidentally, those three players have combined for 10 of the Hornets' 11 round trippers this season as Rasmussen has a team-best four while both Brookshire and Ravetti have three. Zamari Hinton had hits in both games and improved her hitting streak to five games while Rasmussen has now reached base safely via hit and/or walk in 11 straight games.

GAME 1

Matthias was impressive all afternoon, yielding just three singles while tossing her ninth career shutout. In the process, she struck out nine batters while allowing just two walks. In fact, Matthias set down the final nine batters she faced in succession, and retired the side in order in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

She did escape a first inning jam that saw Nevada load the bases with one out, but Matthias struck out back-to-back hitters. Meanwhile, Sacramento State didn't generate a lot off offense against Wolf Pack starter McKenna Isenberg, tallying just six hits. However, the Hornets did score a pair of runs in the third inning, and got some insurance from Ravetti who led off the sixth with a solo homer to left field.

In the third, Nikki Gialketsis led off the inning with a single, and eventually came around to score when Marissa Maligad's sacrifice bunt was thrown away. Maligad would later score in the inning on a one-out RBI-single from Hinton. Both of the Hornets' runs in the third inning were unearned.

Matthias improved her record to 3-3 this season while Isenberg dropped to 7-3. Ravetti (2-for-3 with the home run) and Shelby Johnston (2-for-3) were the only players from either team with multiple-hit games.

GAME 2

Tessier worked the first four-plus innings, and, after hitting the first batter she faced in the fifth, Sperry came in to work the final three frames. Tessier (1-3) got her first win of the season, allowing just three singles and a walk in her four innings. Sperry, who is a true freshman, earned her first collegiate save after yielding just two hits and no walks during the final three innings. Sperry now has not allowed a run in 12 consecutive innings spanning her last four appearances.

Sacramento State scored once in the first, and twice more in the third and fourth innings. Rasmussen led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to left-center, and Mo Spieth's two-run single scoring both Brookshire and Hinton highlighted the third inning.

After Hinton's two-out infield single in the fourth, Brookshire followed with a bomb over the left field wall to give the Hornets a commanding 5-0 lead. Nevada had some opportunities to score, stranding eight runners on base. That included getting runners to second and third with one out in the second inning, and loading the bases with two outs in the seventh.

Sacramento State had eight hits, including Hinton going 2-for-3 with two runs and Brookshire 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Each of the Hornets' Nos. 1-5 hitters had at least one hit and combined to drive in all five Sacramento State runs.

Three Nevada pitchers made appearances, and none of the three were very effective. Kali Sargent (5-5) got the loss, allowing four hits and three runs in 2.1 innings.

Sacramento State will play five more times later this week at a tournament hosted by Fresno State. The Hornets will play BYU to open the tournament on Friday at noon, followed by two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday.