SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A throwing error by CSU Bakersfield catcher Ashley Carter with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed Sacramento State to score the game-winning run in a 2-1 win over the Roadrunners on Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
With the victory, Sacramento State (10-13) wins the three-game series over CSU Bakersfield (7-21) as the two teams split a doubleheader yesterday. The three-game series also began a season-long eight-game homestand for the Hornets, which includes a home doubleheader against Princeton on Tuesday and a three-game Big Sky Conference series against North Dakota on Friday and Saturday.
"One of our goals is to win every series, and we were able to do that today," Sacramento State first-year head coach Lori Perez said. "This was a tuneup for conference play, and we are still trying to scratch and claw out of our little hitting slump. Our defense has been really good lately, and Jennifer (Hartman) and Kaitlyn (Yerby) both threw well today."
With the score tied at 1-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning, the Hornets' Shelby Johnston reached base safely via Roadrunner fielding error followed by a walk to Kortney Solis and a bunt single from pinch hitter Alexis Martinez loaded the bases with no outs. CSUB starter Kelsie Monroe then retired Sasha Margulies on a pop out. That set the stage for what resulted in the final at-bat of the game. True freshman Nikki Gialketsis hit a ground ball to third baseman Madison Bundy who threw home for the force and the second out of the inning. After getting the force, Carter tried to throw to first base to end the inning on a 5-2-3 double play. However, her throw was errant which allowed Solis to score the game-winning run.
The Roadrunners committed two errors in the seventh inning, and five for the game. Every position on the infield committed an error during the game except first base and third base.
The Roadrunner miscues allowed Jennifer Hartman to pick up her second win in as many days while improving to 3-3 with a 3.14 ERA. Hartman was dominant on Sunday, allowing no hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings of relief. Combined with yesterday's complete-game victory, Hartman earned both wins in the series while allowing just two hits and one unearned run with seven strikeouts over 10.2 innings.
"Jen has a lot of good stuff, and she's starting to put it together," Perez said. "Her confidence is growing and growing. She's used to being in tight situations, has been a part of championship games at high levels during her playing career, and she really came through for us this weekend."
Yerby worked the first 3.1 innings of today's game, allowing just four hits and one run before Hartman entered with one out in the fourth.
The Hornets opened the scoring in the bottom of the first after Margulies beat out an infield single with two outs which plated Alexa Chattleton. The Roadrunners tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth on an RBI-single from Briana Pontecorvo.
Roadrunner starter Kelsie Monroe, who earned the win in CSUB's first-game victory yesterday, dropped to 6-10 with the loss after allowing six hits and two unearned runs in 6.2 innings of work.
Chattleton (2-for-4 with a run scored and a triple) and Yesenia Alcala (2-for-3) combined for four of Sacramento State's six hits.
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