SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State had 10 hits, including home runs from Paige Martin and Alexa Chattleton, but the Hornets had trouble stopping the nation's 16th ranked team on the way to a 13-4 loss to Cal on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
In front of a sizeable crowd of 476 spectators, the Golden Bears had 15 hits, including four home runs, two triples and a double. Three of those home runs came from Cheyenne Cordes, who finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs, a walk and seven RBIs. Cordes had two-run homers in the second and sixth innings, and added a three-run shot over the center field wall in the seventh.
With the victory, Cal, which defeated the Hornets for the second time this year, improved to 24-6. Sacramento State had its four-game winning streak snapped while dropping to 13-17. The Hornets will jump back into Big Sky Conference play and conclude their 14-game homestand with a three-game set this weekend against league newcomer Montana. The Hornets and Grizzlies will play a doubleheader on Saturday at noon, followed by a single game on Sunday at noon.
Cal, which entered the game with a .349 batting average, jumped out to a 5-0 lead through two innings, and posted crooked numbers in the second (4), sixth (4) and seventh (3) innings. It was Cordes' first home run of the game that gave Cal their fourth and fifth runs and staked the Bears to the 5-0 lead.
The Hornets, however, bounced back with a four-run fourth to get within, 5-4, of Cal's lead. During the fourth inning, Sacramento State had four hits, including a solo home run from Alexa Chattleton to lead off the inning, and Paige Martin later added a three-run shot that scored both Nicole Clark and Marissa Maligad. Chattleton's home run was her first of the season, and Martin's blast was her second of the year. Entering the game, the Hornets had just five home runs as a team during the entire season.
Sacramento State could have easily scored more runs during the game, as the Hornets lined out on five occasions, including lining into double plays three times in the third, fourth and fifth innings. All five of the lineouts came with runners on base as the Hornets had little trouble squaring up Cal starter Katie Sutherland-Finch all afternoon. In fact, during the first five innings of the game, Sacramento State had four runs, 10 hits, five lineouts and struck out just once.
However, Sutherland-Finch settled down, and retired the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings. Sutherland-Finch (9-3) picked up the win, despite allowing 10 hits, four runs (all earned) and three walks over seven innings.
Seven different Sacramento State players had hits in the game, including multiple-hit efforts from Martin (2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs), Shelby Johnston (2-for-4) and Kortney Solis (2-for-2 with a walk). Martin extended her hitting streak to six games.
Cal got huge offensive production from Cordes, Danielle Henderson (3-for-5 with two runs, three RBIs, and fell a home run shy of the cycle), and Kylie Reed (4-for-5 with a run).
Sacramento State's Celina Matthias (7-8) got the loss while working the first six innings. Kaitlyn Yerby pitched the final inning in relief. Today marked just the first time in 11 starts that Matthias did not pitch a complete game.
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