SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State opened the day by defeating Dartmouth, 9-1, in a mercy rule shortened game, and followed that up by beating Loyola Marymount, 7-2, in a continued game from yesterday on Saturday afternoon at the LMU Softball Tournament.
While the win over Dartmouth came in traditional fashion, the Hornets' victory over LMU began yesterday in a game that was halted because of darkness. Sacramento State was leading the game, 4-1, in the middle of the fifth inning before the teams ran out of light, and the Hornets were able to finish the job today. Sacramento State will conclude the tournament tomorrow with games against DePaul (9 a.m.) and Cal Poly (noon). Both of those games could start late as LMU and DePaul will resume their halted game before the Hornets' first contest of the day.
With the victories, the Hornets (9-12-1) improved to 3-0 at the three-day tournament, which includes a 9-2 win over DePaul to open the event yesterday. Not only is Sacramento State 3-0 at the tournament, they have outscored the opposition by a combined 25-5 margin during the first two days. Spanning those three games, Hornet pitchers have a 1.40 ERA while the offense has compiled a .384 batting average with 20 RBIs, a .535 slugging percentage and a .443 on-base percentage.
Junior second baseman Zamari Hinton improved her hitting streak to a career-high tying 13 games, which is tied for the fifth best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres). Hinton also had a 13-game hitting streak a year ago, and is now the only player in the program's Div. I era to have multiple hitting streaks better than 12 games long.
vs. Loyola Marymount
The Hornets led from start to finish, scoring three times in the third inning, once more in the fifth and three times in the sixth. Sacramento State had eight hits, and four different Hornets had RBIs. That included Jessica Ravetti (2 RBIs), Shelby Johnston (2), Sydney Rasmussen (1) and Suzy Brookshire (1). Brookshire now has RBIs in four straight games, including 11 RBIs over her last nine games.
Once again, freshman Danielle Sperry (2-3) was impressive in relief, earning the win after allowing just two hits and one run over four innings. She took over Celina Matthias who allowed four hits and one unearned run during the first three innings. In the process, Sperry lowered her ERA to a team-best 2.53 with eight of those appearances coming in relief.
In the third inning, Sacramento State scored three times without the benefit of a hit, taking advantage of three walks and a pair of LMU errors. Ravetti walked with the bases loaded and the Hornets tacked on two more when an error allowed Rasmussen and Brookshire to score.
After LMU (10-15) cut the lead to 3-1, the Hornets scored in the top of the fifth on a Johnston RBI-double that plated pinch runner Rylee Sager. The Lions, once again, cut the deficit to two runs (4-2) with a run in the fifth inning, but the Hornets put the game away with a three-run sixth inning. During the frame, Sacramento State had five hits, including RBI-singles from Brookshire, Rasmussen and Ravetti.
Andy Wellins (3-7) got the loss for the Lions, allowing two hits and three runs (one earned) over 3.2 innings. Hinton (2-for-3 with a run scored) and Nene Alas (2-for-4 with a run) both had multiple-hit games for Sacramento State.
Sacramento State posted season highs in runs (9) and hits (14) while all nine Hornet starters had at least one hit against the Big Green (0-11-1). Sacramento State put up a crooked number of runs in the second (4), fifth (2) and sixth (3) innings. The game was stopped after Rasmussen's walk-off RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth inning because the eight-run mercy rule went into effect.
Hornet right-hander Taylor Tessier (3-4) was impressive in the circle, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out seven over six innings. Tessier has now struck out at least seven batters in three of her last four starts. In addition, she has won three of her last four decisions after beginning the season with an 0-3 record.
Marissa Maligad (3-for-3 with two runs), Nikki Gialketsis (2-for-3 with a run and RBI), Rasmussen (2-for-3 with a run and RBI) and Mo Spieth (2-for-4 with an RBI) all had multiple-hit games for the Hornets. The win marked the first time all season that Sacramento State saw each of its nine starters record hits. All but one of those hits were singles as Maligad's fourth-inning double was the only extra base hit by either team.
The Hornets were aggressive on the base paths, getting stolen bases from Sager, Rasmussen and Gialketsis. Brookshire, Spieth, Rasmussen, Ravetti, Johnston and Gialketsis all had RBIs for the Hornets.
Brianna Ethridge (0-6) got the loss for Dartmouth, allowing 14 hits and nine runs (seven earned) in 5.1 innings.
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