LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Long Beach State's Christina Clermont allowed just one hit through five innings and the 49ers took advantage of three Hornets errors on the way to an 8-0 victory over Sacramento State in the first round of the So Cal Collegiate Softball Classic. The game was shortened to five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
This morning's game marked the season opener for both teams.
Clermont faced just one batter over the minimum, and the lone hit allowed came on a one-out double from Kayla Papez in the fourth inning. Clermont also issued a pair of walks, but one of those runners was caught stealing and the other wiped out on a double play.
Meanwhile, the 49er offense turned three Hornet errors into six unearned runs off Sacramento State starter Jennifer Hartman. Long Beach State scored four times in the first inning (all unearned runs), once in the third and twice more in the fourth.
In the first inning, Sacramento State committed a pair of errors, and the big blow came off the bat of Haley Tobler who had a two-out, two-run double. Hannah Cookson added an RBI-single in the third inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
Clermont (1-0) finished the game allowing one hit and two walks while striking out one over five innings. Hartman (0-1) took the loss, allowing six hits and eight runs (two earned) in four innings.
The Hornets' lone hit came from Papez while both Kortney Solis and Shelby Johnston drew walks.
Sacramento State plays twice more during the tournament, including later today against Northwestern State at 2 p.m., followed by a game tomorrow morning at Loyola Marymount at 9 a.m.
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