LOS ANGELES — Sacramento State split a pair of games today in the third and final day of the Loyola Marymount Softball Tournament at Smith Field. The Hornets won the first game in mercy rule fashion over DePaul by a 10-1 score in six innings before concluding the tournament with a 7-2 loss to Cal Poly.
With the split, the Hornets (10-13-1) wrapped up the three-day event with a 4-1 record. That included a pair of wins over DePaul (13-11), and victories against Loyola Marymount and Dartmouth. In fact, Sacramento State outscored its opponents during the tournament by a combined 37-13 margin, scoring at least seven runs in four of the five games.
The Hornets had won a season-high four straight games prior to the loss to Cal Poly (22-7). During the tournament, Sacramento State won each of its first four games by at least five runs, including a pair of mercy rule victories.
Spanning five tournament games, Sacramento State had a .357 team batting average while the pitching staff posted a 1.91 ERA. The Hornets had four players hit better than .400 during the event, comprised of Zamari Hinton (.500), Jessica Ravetti (.462), Suzy Brookshire (.438) and Sydney Rasmussen (.412). In addition, Celina Matthias (0.78 ERA), Taylor Tessier (1.40 ERA) and Danielle Sperry (3.89 ERA) all threw well.
Hinton had a hit in both games today and now owns a career-high 15-game hitting streak, tied for the fourth longest in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.). During the hitting streak, she is batting .477 (21-for-44) with eight runs scored, seven sacrifices and just one strikeout. The 15-game streak is tied for the fourth longest in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.). Hinton owns two of the program's six longest hitting streaks as she ha a 13-game streak a year ago. The school record is 21 games, set by Izmena Cabrera in 2009.
In addition, Brookshire, a true freshman, added another home run today and now has a team-best seven round trippers this season. That is just one shy of the school record for most home runs by a freshman (8, set by Erin Jones in 2010). The school record for most single-season homers by any Hornet is 12, set by Jamie Schloredt in 2008.
In today's win over DePaul, Sacramento State had 10 runs and 13 hits, which included scoring twice in the fourth inning, five more runs in the fifth and three in the sixth. Brookshire was 3-for-4 with a triple, home run, three runs scored and three RBIs. She had a home run to lead off the fourth inning and tie the score at 1-1, and added a two-run triple in the sixth.
Other Sacramento State players with multiple-hit games against DePaul included Rasmussen (3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI) and Ravetti (2-for-3 with a run and an RBI). Nene Alas scored twice while Shelby Johnston and Mo Spieth both had a pair of RBIs. Matthias (4-5) earned the win, allowing just three hits and one run while walking none and striking out seen over six innings.
In the Hornets' 7-2 loss to Cal Poly, Sacramento State had just four hits, and each of the team's final 12 batters of the game being retired in succession by Mustang pitching. In fact, Ravetti's two-run homer in the fourth inning, which the tied the score at 2-2, proved to Sacramento State's final base runner.
The score was tied at 2-2 through five innings, but Cal Poly broke through for four runs in the sixth inning and once more in the seventh to improve their season record to 22-7. The Mustangs received strong performances in the circle from Lindsey Chalmers (9-2), who got the win while allowing four hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in five innings. Sierra Hyland threw two perfect innings of relief.
Danielle Sperry (2-4) took the loss for the Hornets, allowing five runs (four earned) and seven hits over three innings of relief. Taylor Tessier got the start, and allowed four hits and two unearned runs in four innings. Other Sacramento State players to get hits included Hinton, Rasmussen and Nikki Gialketsis.
Sacramento State opens a season-long eight-game homestand on Wednesday against Cal at 4 p.m. The Hornets also begin the Big Sky Conference portion of the season with a three-game series on Friday and Saturday against Weber State.
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