PITCHING AND TIMELY HITTING LEAD SOFTBALL TO 6-1 WIN OVER UC DAVIS

PITCHING AND TIMELY HITTING LEAD SOFTBALL TO 6-1 WIN OVER UC DAVIS

SACRAMENTO — Savanna Corr tossed a complete game, and both Nene Alas and Katie Vretzos homered to lead Sacramento State to a 6-1 win over UC Davis on Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.

Today marked the final regular season home game for Sacramento State, which improved to 29-20 overall. UC Davis dropped to 36-11. The two teams split the season series as the Aggies posted a 4-0 win earlier this year in Davis. Today was a makeup game as the two teams were rained out on Feb. 26. The Hornets and UC Davis were playing for the 102nd time in the long-standing rivalry, and Sacramento State improved its record over the Aggies to 64-38.

The Hornets had just four hits but all four of those went for extra bases including homers from Alas and Vretzos, as well as doubles from Alas and Sydney Rasmussen. Alas finished the game 2-for-2 with a run, double, homer, hit by pitch and a pair of RBIs.

Corr improved her record to 19-10 as she is attempting to become just the fifth pitcher in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.) to record 20 wins in a season. She threw all seven innings today, allowing seven hits (six singles) with three walks. Corr threw 123 pitches and lowered her season ERA to 2.17. The Aggies stranded 10 runners on base, including at least one in every inning but the sixth. UC Davis stranded multiple runners aboard in the first (2), fifth (3) and seventh (2) innings.

The Hornets scored once in the first, twice in the third, and three times in the fifth. The Aggies outhit the Hornets, 7-4, but Sacramento State made its hits count.

That included Alas doubling Rasmussen to third base in the first inning, followed by a Suzy Brookshire sacrifice fly. In the third inning, Alas crushed a 2-1 pitch over the right field wall for her fourth home run of the season. The blast was a two-run shot that scored Rasmussen, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. Rasmussen had a big day, scoring three of the Hornets' six runs while going 1-for-1 with a double, walk and hit by pitch.

The Hornets broke the game open with three fifth-inning runs on a Vretzos solo home run, followed by Brianna Bowers scoring on a wild pitch. Rasmussen then scored on a perfectly executed first and third play that saw Alas get stuck in a pickle long enough between first and second base for Rasmussen to scamper home from third. The home run for Vretzos, a sophomore, was the first of her collegiate career.

Katie Kibby (11-6) got the loss for the Aggies, allowing four hits and six runs over five innings.

Sacramento State will now jump back into Big Sky Conference play for its final three-game league series of the season later this week at Idaho State. The Hornets and Bengals will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. PDT, followed by a single game on Saturday at noon PDT.