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SOFTBALL SPLITS A PAIR ON FIRST DAY OF NORTHRIDGE TOURNAMENT

SOFTBALL SPLITS A PAIR ON FIRST DAY OF NORTHRIDGE TOURNAMENT
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Senior right-hander Caitlin Brooks allowed just one run and three hits over seven innings against CSU Bakersfield, highlighting Sacramento State's first day at the CSUN/LMU Softball Tournament on Friday at Matador Diamond. Brooks' effort led the Hornets to a 4-1 victory over Bakersfield in the morning, and Sacramento State returned later to fall to CSUN, 8-0, in a game that was shortened to five innings.

The Hornets (4-9), who are playing three games over five days at the tournament, will take on College of Charleston tomorrow at noon, followed by a pair of games on Sunday against Bakersfield and Loyola

Bakersfield dropped to 4-9 with the loss, and CSUN improved its record to 16-

GAME 1

Brooks (2-1) threw 132 pitches while allowing three hits, one run, four walks and eight strikeouts. The complete-game effort was her second of the season, and she stranded eight Bakersfield runners on base. The fourth-year senior worked her way out of bases-loaded jams in the third and fifth innings, and retired seven of the final eight batters she

Bakersfield opened the scoring in the top of the fourth after Karsyn Guzman hit a solo home run on a 3-1 pitch with two outs in the inning. However, Sacramento State bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the

In the fourth, the Hornets sent eight batters to the plate and collected three hits, including a Nikki Gialketsis RBI-single with one out scoring pinch runner Makenzie Wayadande, and a one-out, bases loaded walk to Alexis Martinez which scored Alexa

In the sixth, a Zamari Hinton RBI-single scored Paris Prado, and Shelby Johnston drove home Marissa Maligad later in the

The two teams combined to strand 18 runners on base during the game, including 10 for Sacramento State. The Hornets pounded out 10 hits as eight different Sacramento State players collected at least one hit. That included multiple-hit games from Johnston (2-for-4 with an RBI) and Sasha Margulies (2-for-3). Chattleton extended her hitting streak to eight games after going 1-for-3 with a run, but that hitting streak ended after she went 0-for-2 against

Bakersfield's Sydney Raeber (0-2) got the loss, allowing five hits and two runs in 3.1 innings. Amber Mills pitched the final 2.2 innings in

GAME 2

CSUN won its eighth straight game after combining for eight runs and nine hits in four innings. The game was stopped after the Hornets' at-bat in the top of the fourth because of the eight-run mercy rule. The top of the Matador lineup did all the damage as the team's Nos. 1-5 hitters combined to go 9-for-12 with seven runs scored, two home runs and eight

Both home runs came off the bat of Taylor Nate, who finished the day 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Nate had a solo home run in the third inning, and added a two-run shot in the fourth that accounted for Northridge's final two

CSUN scored three times in the first inning, once more in the third and four times in the fourth off Hornet pitchers Jennifer Hartman and Celina Matthias. In the bottom of the first, the Matadors got hits from four of the first five batters of the frame, and three of those players eventually came around to

Sacramento State had chances to score, stranding six runners on base. That included failing to score after putting runners at second and third with one out in the top of the first

The Hornets finished with three hits, including one apiece from Hinton, Johnston and Kortney Solis. Both Hinton and Johnston hit safely in both games, while Hinton improved her hitting streak to five games, the third longest by a Hornet this

Hartman (0-4) took the loss for the Hornets, working the first 2.1 innings while Matthias threw the final 1.2 innings in relief. For Northridge, Zoe Conley (7-1) got the win, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out four over 4.0 innings.