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SACRAMENTO — Trailing, 6-5, and down to its final three outs, Sacramento State scored nine times in the top of the seventh inning, including three homers in the frame, on the way to a 14-6 victory over Santa Clara at Shea Stadium.
Today was the second day of the NorCal Kickoff, a season-opening three-day tournament hosted by the Hornets. Sacramento State, which improved to 2-1 at the tournament, was supposed to play two games today. However, the Hornets' game later in the afternoon against Nevada was canceled due to rain.
Sacramento State played twice yesterday - an 8-0 win over CSU Bakersfield and a 12-6 loss to UC Santa Barbara. The Hornets will play again tomorrow against Bakersfield at noon to conclude tournament play. In today's early game, Nevada beat Santa Clara, 6-4. For complete tournament information and tomorrow's schedule, please click here.
In what proved to be one of the biggest innings in program history, Sacramento State, which was the designated visiting team despite playing on its home field, sent 13 batters to the plate in the seventh. The Hornets pounded out nine runs and nine hits in the inning, highlighted by homers from Mo Spieth, Sydney Rasmussen and Krystal Aubert.
The Spieth homer to left field was a two-run shot that wiped out a 6-5 deficit while the Rasmussen blast was a 3-run job over the left-center field fence that put the game out of reach at 11-6. Aubert would later hit a two-run line drive shot over the left field wall that put the Hornets up, 13-6. Making the inning even sweeter is seven of the nine runs were scored with two outs.
Other two-out runs in the inning came via Nene Alas RBI-single and a wild pitch that allowed Katie Vretzos to score. Other hits in the inning came from Aubert (who opened the frame with a double), Katelyn Snow, Suzy Brookshire, Spieth (a double later in the inning) and Vretzos. Both Spieth and Aubert had a homer and double in the inning.
Playing in a game that lasted three hours in temperatures that ranged in the low 40s with light rainfall, Sacramento State finished with 14 runs and 17 hits. Over three games, the potent Hornet offense is hitting .417 with 28 runs scored, 40 hits, nine doubles, four triples, five round trippers and 26 RBIs. Vretzos is 8-for-11 through three games while Alas (6), Brookshire (6), Aubert (5), Spieth (4) and Shea Graves (4) all have at least four hits. Rasmussen has a .615 on-base percentage which includes three hits, a walk and four hit-by-pitches.
The Hornets scored twice in the second inning (Sydnee Strong RBI-triple, Graves RBI-double) and tacked on another in the third on a Vretzos RBI-triple. Sacramento State pushed two more across in the fourth after Alas hit a two-run homer that sailed well over the right field wall.
Santa Clara, however, with the help of eight walks, kept chipping away at the deficit and took its first lead of the game in the sixth after a wild pitch allowed the Broncos to go on top, 6-5. That lead was short lived as Sacramento State went on its offensive rampage a half inning later.
Six different Hornets had multiple-hit games including Alas (3-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Brookshire (2-5, run), Aubert (2-5, run, 2 RBIs), Spieth (2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Vretzos (3-4, run, RBI) and Graves (2-4, 2 runs, RBI). Vretzos now has multiple-hit games in all three contests thus far.
Danielle Sperry (1-0) got the win in relief, allowing just two hits and one run over the final three innings. Santa Clara's Lauren Anderson (0-1) got the loss and went the distance, allowing all 14 runs.
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