SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Senior Taylor Stroud tossed a five-hit shutout to lead Sacramento State to a 4-0 victory over Iowa State in the third round of the Bronco Softball Classic Saturday afternoon at SCU Softball Field. Earlier in the day, the Hornets fell to San Diego, 13-2, in the second round of the tournament.
With today's split, the Hornets (4-5 overall) are now 2-1 at the three-day tournament, and conclude things tomorrow against San Diego at 2:30 p.m.
vs. Iowa State
Stroud was impressive against an Iowa State team that entered the game 10-1 with a .369 team batting average. The fourth-year senior allowed just five hits (all singles) and tossed her seventh career shutout. Iowa State (10-2) had runners in scoring position in every inning except the fourth, but Stroud continued to make big pitches to escape jams. In fact, the Cyclones were 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position during the game.
Sacramento State scored single runs in the third and fifth innings, and two more in the sixth. The Hornets took advantage of an Iowa State error to score in the third, an RBI-double from Alexis Martinez accounted for the team's run in the fifth, and RBI-singles from Paige Martin and Martinez drove home two runs in the sixth.
Martinez finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Kortney Solis went 2-for-3. Sacramento State had eight hits in the contest and both teams combined to leave 21 runners on base, including 12 for the Hornets.
Stroud improved her record to 2-1 with the victory, as she struck out three and tossed 102 pitches in her seven innings of work. Iowa State's Katie Johnson got the loss, allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned) in seven innings.
vs. San Diego
The Hornets allowed a season-high 13 runs, and committed a season-high four errors as San Diego (3-5) scored five times in the first inning, three times in the fourth, and five more in the fifth to mercy rule Sacramento State. It marked the first time Sacramento State has been mercy ruled since an 11-1 loss at Loyola Marymount on April 15, 2012.
Two errors in the first inning resulted in five unearned runs. In fact, the top of the first would have been nothing more than a four-batter inning if not for errors on back-to-back plays that opened up the flood gates.
The Hornets did scratch across a run in both the first and third innings on two-out, RBI-singles from Sasha Margulies to cut the deficit to 5-2. But a three-run homer in the fourth inning by Chloe Kaneko gave USD an 8-2 lead. The Toreros put five more runs on the scoreboard in the fifth inning (aided by a pair of Hornet errors) to enforce the eight-run mercy rule.
Sacramento State's Jennifer Hartman (1-1) pitched all five innings in the loss while Cassidy Coleman got the win for San Diego, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out 11 batters in four innings.
For the Hornets, Margulies finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and accounted for two of the team's four hits.
NOTES -- Alexa Chattleton went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks against Iowa State and saw her career-high seven-game hitting streak come to an end…both Chattleton and Solis have now reached base safely via hit and/or walk in all nine games this year…Martin has a career-high tying six-game hitting streak and has now reached base safely via hit and/or walk in eight straight games.
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