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SOFTBALL POUNDS OUT 12 HITS, BUT FALLS AT HOME TO PACIFIC, 8-6

SOFTBALL POUNDS OUT 12 HITS, BUT FALLS AT HOME TO PACIFIC, 8-6

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In a game that featured a combined 14 runs and 20 hits, it was Pacific that scored in every inning but the third and seventh on the way to an 8-6 victory over Sacramento State in a non-conference softball game Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.

With the loss, the Hornets dropped their third straight and fell to 3-8 this season. Sacramento State is back in action later this week for five games over three days at the CSUN/LMU Tournament in Southern California. The win improved the Tigers to 5-9.

Pacific scored the game's first five runs (including two runs in the first inning, and three more in the second) and never trailed. Sacramento State got within, 5-3 in the bottom of the third, 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth, and 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth, but could never quite get over the hump.

The Hornets had 12 hits, their second highest total of the season, but stranded 10 runners on base, including at least one runner in every inning but the seventh. Perhaps the inning that hurt the most was the sixth when, after an RBI-double from Shelby Johnston cut the Pacific advantage to 8-6, the Hornets had runners at second and third base with no outs but could not score again.

Sacramento State outhit Pacific, 12-8, but the Tigers caught some breaks during the game, which included scoring on a pair of wild pitches in the second inning, and scoring a run in the fifth without the benefit of a hit.

Seven different Hornets had at least one hit, including multiple-hit games from Johnston (3-for-4 with a double, run and an RBI), Zamari Hinton (2-for-4), Alexis Martinez (2-for-4) and Alexa Chattleton (2-for-3 with a run and an RBI). The two hits for Chattleton increased her hitting streak to a team-best seven games.

Not only did the Tigers score in all but two innings, the Hornets weren't far behind, scoring at least one run in all but three innings (the first, fourth and seventh frames). The big blows for Pacific came on a two-run homer Nicole Zapotoczny in the first inning, and a homer from Melanie Habib to lead off the fourth.

Sacramento State's runs came on an RBI-single from Marissa Maligad in the second, an RBI-single from Chattleton and RBI-double from Kortney Solis in the third, a two-run double from Nikki Gialketsis in the fifth, and an RBI-double from Johnston in the sixth.

Dani Bonnet (3-3) picked up the win for Pacific despite being pounded for six runs and 10 hits over five-plus innings. Carly Mortensen earned her first career save, throwing the final two innings while allowing two hits and no runs.

Sacramento State true freshman Celina Matthias (1-4) went the distance in the loss.

The Hornets will open tournament play on Friday against CSU Bakersfield (9:30 a.m.) and Cal State Northridge (noon).