Big Sky standings
POCATELLO, Idaho -- Suzy Brookshire's RBI-triple scoring Zamari Hinton proved to be the game-winning run as Sacramento State outlasted Idaho State, 3-2, in 12 innings at Miller Ranch Stadium Friday afternoon.
In a game that Sacramento State never trailed, the Hornets had a 2-0 lead only to see the Bengals chip away with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. After both teams went scoreless the first four extra innings, Sacramento State finally broke through with Brookshire's big hit. Brookshire now has a last-inning hit that proved to be the game winner against three different conference opponents. She had home runs in the last inning of wins at Northern Colorado and Weber State prior to today's heroics.
Sacramento State stretched its winning streak to a season-high six games while improving to 22-11 overall and 7-3 in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets have also won five straight conference games, and now sit in first place in the Big Sky standings, percentage points better than Weber State (8-4).
Prior to today, the Hornets had three winning streaks of exactly five games long this year, but were able to extend their latest winning streak to six games. In addition, Sacramento State was victorious in yet another close game. The Hornets have now played in 10 consecutive games that have been decided by three runs or less, and are 8-2 over that span.
Idaho State dropped to 8-27 overall and 3-7 in league with the loss. Prior to today, the Hornets had lost eight of the past 10 meetings against the Bengals. These same two teams will conclude their three-game series tomorrow for a doubleheader at noon PDT.
Hornet second baseman Zamari Hinton went 3-for-4 with the game-winning run in today's game, increasing her hitting streak to 21 games. That ties for the best mark in school history, originally set by Izmena Cabrera in 2009.
Celina Matthias was impressive in the circle, allowing just two runs and four hits over 12 innings. She struck out 13 batters and issued just two walks as the 13 strikeouts were one shy of her career best. The 12.0 innings were the second most she has pitched in her four-year career, and she faced just eight batters over the minimum over those 12 innings. Matthias retired 11 batters in a row at one point during the game (from the second through the sixth), and did not allow a hit after the seventh inning.
The 12th inning began with a Hinton RBI-single, and she scored one batter later when Brookshire tripled to right field. The Hornets were not able to push across another run, but it didn't matter as Matthias set down the side in order in the bottom of the 12th, including a strikeout to end the game.
Sacramento State opened the scoring in the second inning when Sydnee Strong blasted her fourth home run of the season, a solo shot that gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead. The Hornets increased the lead to 2-0 after Nene Alas' RBI-double scored pinch runner Charizma Guzman in the fourth inning. Sacramento State, which finished with 14 hits, had a chance to score more in the sixth but Sydney Rasmussen was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base on a Strong single.
Idaho State scored single runs in the sixth (solo homer from Ashlyn Ames) and seventh (RBI-double from Genesis Zamora) to force extra innings.
Matthias improved to 14-4 with the win while Ames (2-12) took the loss. Ames allowed just three runs while walking two and striking out nine over 12 innings.
Sacramento State, which stranded 13 runners on base, had multiple hit games from six different players. Hinton had three hits, while Alas, Brookshire, Rasmussen, Strong and Jessica Scott each had a pair of hits.
This marks the third three-game series the Hornets have played on the road during the first four weeks of the conference season. Sacramento State will play two of its final three Big Sky series at home, beginning next week against Southern Utah.
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