SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State scored eight times in the first inning, and coasted to an 8-2 victory over Sacramento State in a non-conference softball game Tuesday afternoon at SJSU Field.
The Hornets, who dropped to 16-10 overall, suffered their most lopsided loss of the season. Sacramento State has grown accustomed to playing close games as 22 of the team's 26 games have been decided by three runs or less, but the Spartans (23-10) jumped on Hornet pitchers Jennifer Hartman and Taylor Stroud in the first inning.
Sacramento State, which entered the game with a 1.95 ERA (31st in the nation), allowed more runs in the first inning today than it had allowed in the previous five games combined. The eight runs were also the second most scored by an opponent in any game this season.
A total of 16 players made an appearance in today's game, and only four of those players (Yesenia Alcala, Emily McCormick, Paige Martin and Riley Price) played the entire contest.
San Jose State sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning with the big blows coming on two-run doubles from Casey Watt and Nicole Schultz, as well as a two-run homer from BranDee Garcia. The Spartans had eight runs on the board before there were two outs.
Sacramento State took advantage of three Spartan errors to score twice in the fourth inning, including a RBI-grounder from Alyssa Vanderdrink and a sacrifice fly from Price. The Hornets did not get a runner past first base the remaining three innings.
Hartman (4-2) got the loss for the Hornets, allowing two hits and five runs over one-third of an inning. Hartman had allowed just one run over her last 15 innings of work prior to today. Stroud, who gave up a pair of doubles and a home run to the first three batters she faced in the first inning, settled down nicely and gave the Hornets 5.2 innings of strong relief. She allowed six hits and three runs while striking out three during the relief appearance.
For San Jose State, Allison Lang (4-1) got the win, allowing three hits and two unearned runs in seven innings of work.
Price, who got the start at designated player, finished 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI while Nicole Clark and Kortney Solis accounted for the Hornets' other two hits.
These same two teams will play again tomorrow at Shea Stadium at 2:30 p.m.