STOCKTON, Calif. -- Sophomore Sasha Margulies went 4-for-4 to lead a 14-hit attack as Sacramento State defeated Pacific, 9-5, in a non-conference softball game Tuesday evening at Bill Simoni Field.
The Hornets, who have now won 10 of their last 13 games, improved to 18-16 overall as the team was playing the first of its final two non-conference games of the season. Pacific fell to 13-22 with the loss.
Sacramento State's 14 hits tied for the team's third highest output of the season, and the Hornets have now tallied double figures in hits in six of the last nine games.
Margulies went 4-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, and continued a torrid pace that has seen her reach base via hit or walk in 11 of her last 13 plate appearances. She has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games, and is batting .556 (20-for-36) with 13 RBIs and a .652 on-base percentage over that span. Overall this season, Margulies and her opposite field approach is hitting .396 with a .491 on-base percentage.
Margulies was one of eight Hornets with hits tonight, including Paige Martin who was 3-for-5 with three runs, a double and an RBI, and Kortney Solis who was 2-for-5 with a run scored. Alexis Martinez had a hit and two RBIs, and Alexa Chattleton and Nikki Gialketsis also added an RBI.
After Pacific took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Hornets put up five runs in the second inning to take control of the game. The Tigers would get no closer than within two runs of Sacramento State's lead the rest of the evening. With the Hornets leading, 6-4, the team tacked on three runs in the sixth inning to put the game away.
Sacramento State right-hander Jennifer Hartman labored through five innings, but came up with the big pitch when it was necessary. She allowed seven hits, four runs (three earned), five walks and had two strikeouts to improve to 5-5 this season. Although the Tigers put at least two runners on base in all seven innings, they were just 3-for-20 with runners in scoring position while stranding 14 runners. Kaitlyn Yerby pitched the final two innings of the game.
In the second inning, Sacramento State sent 10 batters to the plate, which included hits from five different players. An RBI-double from Chattleton, and RBI-singles from Martin, Margulies and Martinez highlighted the scoring. After Pacific cut the deficit to 5-3, Margulies pushed the Hornet lead to 6-3 in the fourth with an RBI-single. Sacramento State pushed across three insurance runs in the sixth inning, which included bases loaded walks to Martinez and Gialketsis.
Pacific used three pitchers in the game, and Dani Bonnet (7-7) took the loss, allowing 12 hits and six runs (four earned) in 4.1 innings of work.
Sacramento State returns to Big Sky Conference play later this week when the team plays a three-game series at Idaho State. The Hornets and Bengals will play a doubleheader on Friday at noon PDT, and a single game on Saturday at noon PDT. The Hornets are currently in a two-way tie for first place the Big Sky standings at the midway point of the conference season.
NOTES -- Martinez lined into a 6-3 triple play in the fourth inning, which was the second triple play recorded by Pacific in their program history.
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