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SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR OF GAMES ON SECOND DAY OF THE CAPITAL CLASSIC

SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR OF GAMES ON SECOND DAY OF THE CAPITAL CLASSIC

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State dropped a pair of games on the second day of the Capital Classic Softball Tournament on Saturday afternoon, falling to Grand Canyon, 5-0, and later to Penn State, 9-1, in six innings.

The losses dropped the Hornets to 2-2 at the four-day tournament and 9-14 overall. Sacramento State opened the tournament with a win Thursday against Penn State, and a victory yesterday over Grand Canyon. Only two games remain in the tournament and both will be played tomorrow morning, including Sacramento State taking on Loyola Marymount at 9 a.m.

Hornet pitchers had a rough time today, allowing 14 runs and 22 hits in just 11.2 innings. The opposition combined to hit .407 today, and Penn State's nine runs tied for the most allowed by Sacramento State's pitching staff in any game this season.

The Hornet offense also took a one-day hiatus as the team combined to hit just .240 (12-for-50) with one extra base hit, one run and one RBI over the two games.

GAME 1

Grand Canyon (14-12) scored in three different innings, including a pair of runs in both the third and fifth frames. The five runs were more than enough support for Antelope starter Bailey Bergman (2-0) who tossed an eight-hit shutout while walking two and striking out two batters.

Sacramento State left multiple runners on base in all but two innings, finishing the game stranding 11 runners on base. The Hornets' first two batters of both the first and third innings reached base, but did not come around to score.

Highlighting Grand Canyon's scoring was a two-run homer from Bianca Boling in the fifth inning.

Of the Hornets' eight hits, six came from the Nos. 1-4 slots in the team's lineup. That includes Paige Martin going 2-for-4 and Paige Castro 2-for-3 with a walk. Alexa Chattleton added a seventh-inning double.

Sacramento State used three pitchers, as Caitlin Brooks (4-3) took the loss while working the first 2.2 innings. Celina Matthias worked 2.1 innings, and Kaitlyn Yerby pitched a perfect sixth inning in relief.

GAME 2

Penn State (11-12) scored four times in the first inning and tacked on three more in the second inning to put the game away early. After Sacramento State got on the board with a run in the top of the sixth inning, the Nittany Lions scored twice in the bottom half to enforce the eight-run mercy rule.

For Sacramento State, Jennifer Hartman (0-6) took the loss while working the first 1.2 innings. Yerby came on in relief with two outs in the second inning, and worked 4.0 innings.

Each of the first five Penn State batters of the game reached base safely, and by the time the Nittany Lions' No. 5 hitter Erin Pond connected on an RBI-double, Penn State already had a 3-0 lead.

Nittany Lion starter Marlaina Laubach made those early runs hold up, allowing just four hits and an unearned run in six innings to improve her record to 6-5 this season. Pond finished the game 4-for-4 with three RBIs, Macy Jones was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs, and Kristina Brackpool went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

Sacramento State's lone run came in the sixth inning when Sasha Margulies' single to left field scored Castro. The Hornets finished the game with four hits, two of which came off the bat of Margulies. Castro and Shelby Johnston also added a hit.