SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State true freshman Celina Matthias threw all 17 innings, and 282 total pitches, to lead the Hornets to a doubleheader split with Nevada in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
The Wolf Pack won the first game in 10 innings by a 6-5 score before the Hornets bounced back to win the nightcap, 5-2.
With the split, Sacramento State is now 10-16 while Nevada moved its record to 10-19. The Hornets are in the midst of a season-long 14-game homestand which has seen the team post a 3-4 record thus far. The team will now turn its attention to Big Sky Conference play when Sacramento State plays a three-game series against league rival Northern Colorado later this week. The Hornets and Bears will play a doubleheader on Friday at noon, followed by a single game Saturday at noon.
In today's doubleheader, Matthias pitched all 17 innings, allowing 20 hits and eight runs (three earned) while striking out 11 batters. Her ERA for the day was a 1.24 as she held Nevada to just seven hits in 35 total at-bats with runners in scoring position. In addition, Sacramento State combined for 18 hits over the two games, including three hits apiece from Alexis Martinez, Alexa Chattleton, Sasha Margulies and Paige Martin.
In a game that featured four ties, it was Nevada that finally pulled out the 6-5 victory in a 10-inning contest that lasted nearly three hours. Every time the Wolf Pack scored, the Hornets bounced back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game, until the 10th inning came around and Molly McWilliams connected on what proved to be the game-winning hit.
The Wolf Pack had 11 hits and stranded 13 runners on base while Sacramento State had nine hits and left six runner aboard. Eight of the Hornets' nine hits came from four different players, comprised of Margulies (2-for-4 with two RBIs), Chattleton (2-for-3 with a run scored), Marissa Maligad (2-for-3 with a run and an RBI), and Martinez (2-for-3). Martin scored two of the team's five runs.
After the Wolf Pack jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, Sacramento State bounced back with a two-out, two-run double in the bottom half of the inning from Margulies to tie. The Hornets came back to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth after Maligad's RBI-single.
With the score tied at 3-3, the tiebreaker rule went into effect to start the eighth inning. The Wolf Pack scored one run in each of the eight, ninth and 10th innings. Sacramento State was able to tie in the eighth via Nevada error, and again in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Shelby Johnston. The Hornets had a runner at third base with one out in the 10th, but failed to score.
For Nevada, McKinna Isenberg (5-8) threw all 10 inning to earn the win, as she allowed nine hits and five runs (three earned) while walking none and striking out four batters. Matthias got the loss, allowing 11 hits and six runs (two earned) while striking out seven batters. Matthias worked out of trouble often, stranding Nevada runners in scoring position in the second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings.
Nevada was 6-for-6 in stolen base opportunities while the Hornets had zero steals.
Sacramento State scored two runs in the first inning, and led the rest of the way. After Nevada scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to cut the deficit to 5-2, the Hornets immediately responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to claim a 5-2 lead. Matthias posted shutout innings in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to preserve the victory.
Matthias moved her record to 5-7, allowing nine hits and just two runs (one earned) while walking two and striking out four over seven innings. She needed 123 pitches to pick up her team-high eighth complete game of the season, and in the process, stranded 11 Nevada runners on base.
Each of the Hornets' first three runs crossed the plate after two outs had been recorded, including an RBI-double from Margulies and RBI-single from Chattleton in the first inning, and a Martin RBI-single in the second inning. In the fourth, after Johnston connected on her first home run of the season to begin the inning, another RBI-single from Martin gave the Hornets a 5-2 lead. The home run from Johnston snapped a string of 482 consecutive at-bats spanning 17 games without a Sacramento State long ball.
Seven different Hornets had hits in the game, including multi-hit efforts from Martin (2-for-2 with a run, walk and two RBIs) and Johnston (2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI).
Nevada's Chase Reddington (4-7) picked up the loss, allowing four hits and three runs in two innings. Megan Dortch worked the final four innings, allowing two runs and five hits.
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