POCATELLO, Idaho -- Idaho State's Terah Blackwell hit a one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Bengals a 3-2 lead, and that was the eventual final score in their victory over Sacramento State in the rubber game of the teams' three-game set.
The two teams split a doubleheader yesterday that included Sacramento State winning the opener in convincing fashion, 9-3, before a walk-off homer from Hailey Breakwell gave Idaho State a 6-5 win in the nightcap.
A win today would have been huge for the Hornets (19-18, 7-4), and would have allowed the team to take over sole possession of first place in the Big Sky Conference standings. Instead, Sacramento State now finds itself in a virtual three-way tie for second place in the league standings with both Idaho State (24-16, 6-3) and Northern Colorado (6-3 in league). Southern Utah, which was idle this week, is first with a 6-2 record.
The Hornets have just six games remaining on their conference schedule, including the final regular-season home games next week in a three-game set vs. Portland State. The winner of the Big Sky's regular season title will host the Big Sky Championship on May 8-10. The top four teams in the standings will qualify for the league's postseason event.
The last two losses to Idaho State have come in brutal fashion, including yesterday in which the Hornets blew a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning. Today saw Alexis Martinez connect on a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead.
Hornet right-hander Caitlin Brooks had been sailing along, allowing ISU just one run and four hits the first five innings of the game.
However, in the bottom of the sixth inning, with one out, Hailey Breakwell worked a nine-pitch walk, and Blackwell followed with a two-run homer to left field. Sacramento State pinch hitter Paris Prado worked a walk to lead off the top of the seventh, but never advanced to second.
One day after throwing 162 pitches in the 9-3 win over the Bengals, Brooks gutted out another six innings today. She allowed six hits and three runs while walking two and striking out five. Brooks was much more economical today, throwing just 94 pitches, and retiring the first 10 batters of the game.
Jessica Tolmie (5-2) picked up both wins of the series for Idaho State, which included throwing four innings of scoreless relief yesterday. Today, she allowed just four hits and two runs while walking a pair and striking out seven batters over seven innings.
Sacramento State's four hits came from Martinez, Kortney Solis, Nikki Gialketsis and Nicole Clark.
The Hornets return to action for their final three regular-season home games of the season next week when they host Portland State for a three-game series. The Hornets and Vikings will play a doubleheader on Friday at noon, followed by a single game on Saturday at noon.
April 25, 2014 SOFTBALL SWEEPS WEBER STATE, NOW 12-4 IN CONFERENCE PLAY
April 24, 2014 SOFTBALL TO PLAY HUGE THREE-GAME SERIES AT WEBER STATE
April 23, 2014 SOFTBALL FALLS TO CAL IN FINAL NON-CONFERENCE GAME
April 17, 2014 SOFTBALL PLAYS ITS FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAMES THIS WEEK
April 11, 2014 SOFTBALL SPLITS A DOUBLEHEADER AT IDAHO STATE
April 8, 2014 MARGULIES LEADS SOFTBALL TO 9-5 VICTORY AT PACIFIC
March 28, 2014 SOFTBALL SPLITS HOME DOUBLEHEADER WITH SOUTHERN UTAH
March 26, 2014 SOFTBALL’S GAME TODAY AT CAL POSTPONED BECAUSE OF RAIN
March 24, 2014 YERBY RECIPIENT OF BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONORS
March 22, 2014 SOFTBALL COMPLETES 3-GAME SWEEP OF NORTH DAKOTA WITH 9-0 WIN
March 12, 2014 SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR OF GAMES AT NEVADA
March 11, 2014 LINDY WINKLER’S #3 TO BE RETIRED BY SOFTBALL ON SATURDAY
March 9, 2014 SOFTBALL CONCLUDES TOURNAMENT WITH 6-2 LOSS TO CAL POLY
March 4, 2014 SOFTBALL WINS ITS HOME OPENER OVER UC DAVIS, 5-0
March 3, 2014 SOFTBALL TO PLAY HOME OPENER TUESDAY VS. UC DAVIS
February 27, 2014 WINNERS OF FIVE OF THE LAST SEVEN, SOFTBALL TRAVELS TO MORAGA THIS WEEK
February 25, 2014 BROOKS EARNS BIG SKY SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
February 23, 2014 BROOKS’ SHUTOUT AND 7-RUN INNING LEAD SOFTBALL TO 7-0 WIN VS. SAN DIEGO
February 22, 2014 STROUD’S GEM LEADS SOFTBALL TO SPLIT IN SECOND DAY OF BRONCO CLASSIC
February 21, 2014 BROOKS’ 10 STRIKEOUTS LEADS SOFTBALL TO 3-1 WIN OVER SANTA CLARA
February 20, 2014 SOFTBALL PLAYS FOUR GAMES OVER THREE DAYS IN SANTA CLARA
February 16, 2014 SOFTBALL STRANDS 10 RUNNERS IN 1-0 LOSS TO UC RIVERSIDE
February 15, 2014 SOFTBALL POUNDS OUT 11 RUNS AND 15 HITS IN VICTORY OVER CSU BAKERSFIELD
February 15, 2014 SOFTBALL MERCY RULES UC RIVERSIDE, 9-1
February 14, 2014 DEFENSE HURTS SOFTBALL IN 3-2 EXTRA INNING LOSS TO UC SANTA BARBARA
February 14, 2014 SOFTBALL FALLS AT FRESNO STATE, 5-1
February 12, 2014 SOFTBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER AT UC DAVIS, 1-0
February 11, 2014 SOFTBALL OPENS SEASON WEDNESDAY AT UC DAVIS
February 5, 2014 2014 SOFTBALL SEASON OUTLOOK
January 23, 2014 SOFTBALL TO GET A FRESH LOOK IN 2014
January 22, 2014 SOFTBALL AND SOCCER RECEIVE NEW SCOREBOARDS
January 15, 2014 SOFTBALL SELECTED SECOND IN THE BIG SKY PRESEASON COACHES POLL
November 15, 2013 SOFTBALL SIGNS LOCAL PRODUCTS HINTON, MALIGAD AND MARTIN
November 5, 2013 2014 SOFTBALL SCHEDULE RELEASED
October 18, 2013 BLAIR AND HARTMAN BOTH RECIPIENTS OF NFCA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE ACCOLADES
August 28, 2013 WILLIS AND KAMINAKA HIRED AS SOFTBALL ASSISTANT COACHES
August 14, 2013 LORI PEREZ NAMED INTERIM HEAD SOFTBALL COACH