FRESNO, Calif. -- California's Cheyenne Cordes had two hits, a home run and four RBIs, and Katie Sutherland-Finch tossed a three-hit shutout to lead the 23rd-ranked Golden Bears to a 6-0 victory over Sacramento State in the second round of the Fresno State Softball Kickoff Friday afternoon at Margie Wright Diamond.
The loss dropped the Hornets (2-3 overall) to 0-2 at the tournament, which includes a 6-2 loss to UC Davis earlier today. Sacramento State will play three more games at the three-day tournament, including tomorrow against Santa Clara at 11:15 a.m. and UC Riverside at 3:45 p.m.
Cal, which is ranked 23rd in the nation in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25, improved to 6-0 with five of those victories coming by at least four runs.
The Bears scored twice in the first inning, and added a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to provide the game's only runs. Not only did Sutherland-Finch (2-0) allow just three hits, she also yielded no walks, struck out four and faced three batters over the minimum. In addition, the Hornets got just one runner past first base the entire way, and that runner (Paige Castro) was thrown out at the plate after Alexa Chattleton singled to center field.
After Cal scored two runs in the first inning, Hornet starter Jennifer Hartman posted zeros the next four innings before Coredes connected on a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth to push the lead to 4-0. A Jazmyn Jackson two-run single in the sixth inning provided the game's final runs.
Hartman (0-2) worked the first five innings and picked up the loss while freshman Celina Matthias was effective in relief again, retiring the side in order in the sixth inning in just five pitches.
Chattleton, Zamari Hinton and Paige Castro each had hitsn for the Hornets. The hit for Hinton was her first collegiate knock.
For Cal, both Jackson and Cordes had a pair of hits, including Jackson who was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and two RBIs.
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