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SOFTBALL CONCLUDES CAPITAL CLASSIC WITH 3-1 LOSS TO LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

SOFTBALL CONCLUDES CAPITAL CLASSIC WITH 3-1 LOSS TO LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State outhit Loyola Marymount, 8-4, but the Lions were able to defeat the Hornets, 3-1, on the fourth and final day of the Capital Classic Softball Tournament on Sunday morning at Shea Stadium.

Sacramento State had plenty of opportunities to score, but stranded eight runners on base, including a pair of runners in the first, fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

With the loss, the Hornets dropped to 9-15 overall and conclude the Capital Classic with a 2-3 record. Sacramento State opened the tournament by defeating both Penn State and Grand Canyon, but lost each of its final three games of the tourney to Grand Canyon, Penn State and Loyola Marymount, respectively.

With the victory, LMU improved to 12-18 this season. Sacramento State and Loyola Marymount were playing each other for the second time this season, with the Hornets posting a 4-1 win in Los Angeles on Feb. 7.

In today's game, the Lions scored each of the first three runs of the game, posting the first run on a two-out fielding error in the first inning which allowed Stephanie Maciel to score. LMU tacked on two more runs in the fifth after Maciel and Courtney Moore both hit solo home runs off Hornet starter Celina Matthias.

Sacramento State mounted a rally in the seventh inning as a two-out, RBI-single from Zimari Hinton scored Nicole Clark. The Hornets had the tying runners on base after the Hinton single, but LMU starter Rachael Farrington was able to get Paige Castro to ground out for the final out of the game.

The Hornets had a runner thrown out at the plate in the first inning, stranded runners at first and second in the fourth inning, runners at first and third in sixth inning, and runners at the corners in the seventh.

Hinton (3-for-4 with an RBI) and Alexa Chattleton (2-for-3) combined for five of the Hornets' eight hits.

Matthias (4-6) got the loss, allowing just four hits and three runs (two earned) in seven innings of work. The true freshman has started six games this year, and has gone the distance in each of those six starts.

For LMU, Farrington (8-9) got the win, scattering eight hits and allowing just one run in seven innings of work. She needed just 103 pitches to pick up the complete-game win.

Sacramento State will continue its 14-game homestand with five more games next week, including a doubleheader on Wednesday against Nevada before opening up Big Sky Conference play against Northern Colorado on Friday and Saturday. The Hornets and Bears will play a three-game series with a doubleheader on Friday beginning at noon followed by a single game Saturday at noon.