OGDEN, Utah — Sacramento State dropped both games of a Big Sky Conference softball doubleheader to Weber State on Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Field. The Hornets lost the first game, 7-4, before dropping the nightcap by a 7-3 score.
The two teams were supposed to play a three-game series but yesterday's game was canceled due to an unplayable field because of overnight snow in Ogden. Instead, the two teams played twice, and Weber State was able to win both. The matchup featured the two teams selected to finish first (Sacramento State) and second (Weber State) in the Big Sky preseason coaches poll. In addition, either the Hornets (2018) or Wildcats (2017, 2016) have won each of the last three Big Sky regular season titles.
The Hornets have dropped each of their last three conference games while falling to 17-16 overall and 2-3 in league. Weber State stretched its winning streak to five games, improving to 12-17 overall and 4-0 in league play. Last season, Sacramento State took two of three from Weber State in Ogden. The Hornets and Wildcats were co-regular season champions a year ago, and Sacramento State won the tiebreaker by virtue of taking two of three in Ogden. The Hornets would later win the Big Sky Tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Today, Sacramento State hit just .232 (13-for-56) while the usually prolific Hornet pitching staff was tagged for 14 runs over 12.0 innings. Prior to today, Sacramento State easily led the Big Sky with a 2.53 team ERA.
In the first game, the Hornets held a lead of 1-0 in the fourth inning, 3-1 in the fifth, and 4-3 in the sixth, but Weber State had a big bottom of the sixth, combining for four runs and four hits in the inning. All four runs were scored with two outs, as two of the first three Wildcats batters of the inning were retired. However, with a runner at second base and two outs, the Wildcats got a walk, double, single, walk and single in succession. The big blow was a two-run double from No. 8 hitter Lauren Hoe which gave Weber a 5-4 lead.
Sacramento State scored its runs on an RBI-double from Suzy Brookshire in the fourth, an RBI-single from Shea Graves and Nene Alas single scoring Graves in the fifth, and a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning by Krystal Aubert. For Aubert, the home run was her team-high eighth of the season in just 99 at-bats. That breaks down to one homer every 12.4 at-bats.
The Hornets were retired in order in the seventh inning by Weber State's Tatiana Su'esu'e, who went the distance in picking up the win. Savanna Corr started and threw 5.2 innings, while Jensen Main worked a third of an inning in relief. Graves had two of the Hornets' six hits while Alas, Brookshire, Aubert and Brianna Bowers also had hits.
In the nightcap, the two teams were tied at 1-1 after four innings, before Weber State scored four times in the fifth and twice more in the sixth to take a commanding 7-1 lead. The Hornets scored twice in the seventh to provide the final 7-3 outcome.
After Weber State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Brookshire scored with two outs on a wild pitch in the third to tie the score at 1-1. The Wildcats, however, scored four times on four hits in the fifth inning, and put things away with a two-run sixth inning. Sacramento State scored its runs in the seventh on an error allowing Kailie Hargis to score and an Alas RBI-double scoring Graves. Hargis started the inning with a double, and that shot to right field marked her first career collegiate hit.
Danielle Sperry (5-1) got the loss working the first 4.2 innings. Sperry had won each of her last nine decisions dating back to last season. Corr worked 1.1 innings in relief. Sacramento State finished with seven hits, including two hits apiece from Brookshire and Aubert. Alas, Hargis and Bowers also had hits.
Sacramento State will play two more road games on Tuesday when the team travels to Stanford for a non-conference doubleheader. The first game will begin at 4 p.m. The doubleheader is a makeup from the canceled games (rain) the two teams were supposed to play on March 6.
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