FRESNO, Calif. — Sacramento State lost both its games on the second day of the Fresno State Invitational, falling to both BYU, 9-4, and Oregon State, 3-0. Both opponents are currently being recognized in the NFCA top 25 coaches poll as BYU is ranked 25th in the nation and Oregon State is receiving votes in the poll.

With the losses, Sacramento State drops to 6-10-1 overall this season and 0-3 at the tournament. BYU (13-7) and Oregon State (14-6) now have a combined record of 27-13 this year. The Hornets, who opened the tournament with a loss to BYU yesterday, conclude the three-day, four-team event tomorrow with games against Oregon State at 9 a.m. and host Fresno State at 11:30 a.m.

In today's games, Sacramento State combined for just four runs and 10 hits over 14 innings while Sacramento State pitching yielded 12 runs (11 earned) and 18 hits. One of the highlights was second baseman Zamari Hinton who was the only Sacramento State player with hits in both games as she improved her hitting streak to eight games, the longest by a Hornet this year. In addition, true freshman Danielle Sperry allowed Oregon State just three runs in a complete-game effort. While Sperry saw her streak of 16 straight innings without allowing an earned run come to a close, she threw well against one of the nation's top teams.

Also, Suzy Brookshire and Jessica Ravetti both clubbed their fourth home runs of the season during the BYU game.

vs. BYU

Sacramento State held a 2-1 lead after two innings and 4-3 after four, but the Cougars struck for six unanswered runs to win, 9-4. After BYU jumped on top, 1-0 in the top of the second, the Hornets scored twice in the bottom half on Ravetti's homer to lead off the inning and Hinton later added an RBI-single scoring Jade Arslanian. Sacramento State had a chance to score more in the inning, eventually loading the bases with two outs, but Brookshire's line drive was speared by BYU second baseman Lauren Bell to end the inning.

The Cougars retook the lead at 3-2 in the fourth inning, but Brookshire crushed a two-run homer to center (scoring Marissa Maligad) to give Sacramento State a 4-3 lead at the end of four.

The Cougars would then score three times in both the fifth (highlighted by a two-run double from Libby Sugg) and seventh (highlighted by a two-run homer from Sugg) innings. Sugg, who is BYU's cleanup hitter, finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Sacramento State stranded eight runners on base, including multiple runners aboard in the second and third innings.

Savanna Corr (1-1), who surrendered BYU's three runs in the fifth, got the loss for the Hornets. Taylor Tessier worked the first four innings, and then re-entered the game at pitcher with one out in the fifth. Tessier would then finish the game, working a combined 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and six runs (five earned) with nine strikeouts. BYU's Arianna Paulson got the win in relief, throwing 3.1 shutout innings.

Hinton (2-for-3), Brookshire (2-for-4) and Ravetti (2-for-4) all had multiple-hit games for Sacramento State. The Hornets had more hits than BYU (9-8) and saw six of their nine players in the lineup record hits.


Oregon State's Taylor Cotton tossed a one-hit shutout, allowing just two walks while striking out seven. The Hornets' lone hit came on a third inning single from Hinton. In fact, that third inning marked the only time Sacramento State had a runner in scoring position as Hinton's single was preceded by a Rasmussen walk to put runners at first and second base with two outs. However, Cotton retired Brookshire on a grounder to end the inning.

The Beavers scored a pair of runs in the first via two-run double from Natalie Hampton, and added another run in the fourth on an RBI-double from Kayleen Shafer.

Sperry, a true freshman, threw well for the Hornets, scattering 10 hits while allowing three runs and issuing zero walks over seven innings. Sperry's record dropped to 1-2 with the loss. Cotton improved to 6-1 with the victory.