SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Senior right-hander Taylor Tessier threw a four-hit shutout to highlight Sacramento State's doubleheader split with Weber State in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Wildcats won the first game in 10 innings by a 3-2 score before the Hornets took the nightcap, 4-0.
The two teams were supposed to play a three-game series that would have included a doubleheader yesterday and a single game today. However, yesterday's doubleheader was cancelled (rain) so the two teams played a pair today and the third game of the series will not be played. The victory in game one allowed Weber State (17-11-1, 1-1 in league) to win its program-record 10th straight game before Sacramento State (11-14-1, 1-1 in league) snapped that streak in the second-game victory.
The two teams combined for just nine runs over 17 innings in the doubleheader as Weber State's Kirtlyn Bohling and Tatiana Su'esu'e were impressive in the first game, and Tessier threw 134 pitched in the second game to notch the first shutout of her two-year career with the Hornets. Tessier, who has now won four of her last five decisions, improved to 4-4 this season while allowing just four singles and striking out nine batters over seven innings.
Hornet first baseman Jessica Ravetti had multiple-hit games in both contests and finished 4-for-8. In the process, she improved her hitting streak to seven games. In addition, left fielder Suzy Brookshire clubbed her team-high eighth home run of the season, tying the Sacramento State single-season record for most home runs by a freshman. That record was originally set in 2010 by Erin Jones. Fellow freshman Morgan Spieth added her fourth home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that tied the opening game at 2-2.
Today began a season-long six-game homestand for Sacramento State that will see the team play UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday at 4 p.m. followed by a three-game home series on Friday and Saturday against Idaho State.
Tessier threw her first shutout in a Sacramento State uniform while striking out a career-high tying nine batters. All four hits she allowed were singles and the right-hander yielded just two hits after the first inning. Over her last eight outings, which includes four victories, Tessier has lowered her ERA from a 4.20 to a season-best 2.95. She has allowed just one earned run in the last 17 innings (spanning three starts) and has a streak of 11 straight innings without allowing an earned run.
Sacramento State pounded out 12 hits during the game, including Brookshire who finished a triple short of a cycle after going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, home run and two RBIs. In was Brookshire's RBI-double in the first inning that scored Nene Alas and got the Hornets on the board. Brookshire would later advance to third and score on a sacrifice fly from Mo Spieth.
The Hornets added a run in the second inning when Zamari Hinton laid down a bunt single, and Weber State catcher Diana Splinter threw the ball down the right field line trying to nab Hinton. That allowed Jessica Scott to come around and score. Sacramento State added its fourth and final run when Brookshire led off the fifth inning with an opposite field home run to right-center field. The Hornets had at least two hits in five of their six innings of at-bats, but stranded 10 runners on base.
For Weber State, Su'esu'e got the loss, allowing eight hits and four runs over four innings. Bohling allowed four hits in two shutout innings of relief. Ravetti and Hinton both went 2-for-4, and all but one Sacramento State starter finished with at least one hit. Hinton, who saw her 15-game hitting streak come to a close in the first game, had hits in the second and sixth innings of the nightcap.
Weber State had 11 hits in the opener, five of which were infield singles. It was an infield squib out between the pitchers mound and the plate that allowed the first Wildcat run to score in the third inning, and an RBI-single by Rae Gall put Weber State on top, 2-0, in the fourth.
Sacramento State had just two hits off Bohling through the first five innings before finally breaking through in the sixth. With two outs and no one on base, Brookshire worked a walk before Spieth drove a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall to tie the score at 2-2. With two more round trippers today, Sacramento State now has 22 home runs as a team which is seven more than all of last year.
After the Hornets tied the score at 2-2, the game remained scoreless the next three innings before Weber State pushed a run across in the 10th. Back-to-back infield singles from Takesha Saltern and Landi Hawker put runners at first and second with nobody down. After a sacrifice moved the runners to second and third, cleanup hitter Molly Horne hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Saltern to score what turned out to be the game-winning run.
Su'esu'e, who threw four shutout innings of relief, retired the Hornets in order in the bottom of the 10th to put the game away. Su'esu'e (7-2) got the win while Bowling threw the first six innings, allowing just two runs and three hits. For Sacramento State, Celina Matthias worked the first four innings, yielding four hits and two runs. Danielle Sperry (2-5) got the loss in relief, allowing seven hits and one run over six innings.
Of Sacramento State's four hits, Ravetti (2-for-4) had two of them. Marissa Maligad's third-inning single and Spieth's sixth-inning double accounted for the Hornets' other two knocks.
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