SOFTBALL COMPLETES 3-GAME SWEEP OF LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, BROOKSHIRE TIES HOME RUN RECORD

SOFTBALL COMPLETES 3-GAME SWEEP OF LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, BROOKSHIRE TIES HOME RUN RECORD

SACRAMENTO — Savanna Corr and Jensen Main combined to allow just one run, and Suzy Brookshire's three-run homer provided all the offense as Sacramento State defeated Loyola Marymount, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium.

The victory allowed Sacramento State to complete a three-game sweep of Loyola Marymount, which is currently receiving votes in the NFCA top 25 coaches poll. The Hornets swept a doubleheader over the Lions yesterday by 4-1 and 4-2 scores. Sacramento State improved its season record to 6-6 while Loyola Marymount dropped to 6-5.

In addition, the Hornets are now 6-2 at home this year, and 21-9 at Shea Stadium dating back to last season.

During the three-game series, Sacramento State's pitching staff posted a 0.67 ERA and the offense combined to hit .308 with four home runs and nine RBIs. The pitching trio of Corr, Main and Danielle Sperry allowed just 20 hits and two earned runs in 21.0 innings. In two appearances during the series for Corr, which included two wins, the right-hander limited LMU hitters to a .162 batting average.

The big highlight of today's win was Brookshire, who not only clubbed a three-run homer in the third inning, but also tied a school record in the process. Despite being just 12 games into her junior season, Brookshire now has 35 career home runs, which tied the program record originally set by Jamie Schloredt (2006-09). Brookshire hit 15 home runs as a freshman, and then tacked on 18 round trippers last season during her sophomore year.

In today's game, Main started in the circle and threw 3.2 innings while allowing one run and six hits. Corr entered the game with runners on the corners and two outs in the fourth inning, but escaped the jam. She then proceeded to allow just two hits the rest of the way, finishing with a line of 3.1 innings, two hits, two walks and a strikeout. Corr went 2-0 in the series and is now 4-3 this season.

Sacramento State did not get a lot going against LMU starter Hannah Bandimere as Brookshire's shot provided all the offense. With one out in the third inning, Nene Alas was hit by a pitch, followed by a single from Sydney Rasmussen. Up stepped Brookshire, who drove a 3-1 pitch well over the left field fence for a 3-1 lead.

Sacramento State had just six hits and left five runners on base. Conversely, the Lions finished with eight hits and stranded 10 runners aboard. They left at least one runner on base in every inning but the third, and stranded multiple runners in the first, second, fourth and seventh innings.

Bandimere was 0-2 in the series and her record dropped to 4-3 after allowing six hits and three runs with five strikeouts over six innings. Bandimere had entered the series with a 4-1 record and a 1.42 ERA.

For Sacramento State, Alas, Rasmussen, Brookshire, Mo Spieth, Sydnee Strong and Shea Graves each had hits. The only negative coming out of today is Spieth had to exit the game in the third inning after injuring her knee. The Hornets hope the injury isn't serious as Spieth is having a monster season thus far, batting .394 with three home runs and a team-best 13 RBIs in 12 games.

Sacramento State will conclude its four-game homestead on Tuesday when the Hornets host Causeway rival UC Davis at 2:30 p.m.