FRESNO, Calif. — Sacramento State dropped a pair of games on Sunday in the third and final day of the Fresno State Invitational at Margie Wright Diamond. The Hornets opened the day with a 6-5 loss to Oregon State prior to falling at Fresno State, 5-2.
The Hornets completed the three-day, four-team tournament, which was loaded with good teams, with an 0-5 record. Sacramento State (6-12-1) lost its first two games of the tournament to 25th-ranked BYU, before falling twice to Oregon State (15-7), and finally the loss at Fresno State (17-9). BYU is currently ranked 25th in the nation in the NFCA top 25 coaches poll while Oregon State is receiving votes. The Hornets' three opponents entered the tournament with a combined 37-19 record.
Sacramento State had entered the tournament with a three-game unbeaten streak, which included a 10th-inning tie against Seton Hall and a doubleheader sweep of Nevada at home earlier this week.
Highlighting today's games were the first two collegiate home runs by true freshman Mo Spieth, who went deep in both games today. In addition, freshman Suzy Brookshire clubbed her team-high fifth round tripper of the season against Fresno State. Second baseman Zamari Hinton had a hit in both games today to extend her hitting streak to 10 games. The junior now has three hitting streaks of at least 10 games long during her career, including a career-high 13-game streak last season.
Sacramento State held a 5-3 lead heading into the fifth inning against Oregon State, and trailed at Fresno State by just a 3-2 score heading into the bottom of the fifth, but could not win either of today's games.
vs. OREGON STATE
In a game which featured a combined seven errors, Sacramento State took advantage of four Oregon State errors in the third inning to score five times. However, the Hornets could not make their 5-3 lead hold as the Beavers scored twice in the fifth and once more in the sixth to earn their third victory over the Hornets this season.
After a fielding error allowed both Hinton and Marissa Maligad to score, Spieth followed with a three-run homer over the right-center field wall to erase a 3-0 deficit and give Sacramento State a 5-3 lead.
However, in the fifth inning, Oregon State took advantage of a pair of Sacramento State errors to tie the score via sacrifice fly from Natalie Hampton and an RBI-double from Alysha Everett.
The Beavers scored yet another unearned run in the sixth when a Sacramento State fielding error eventually led to a two-out, RBI-double from Shelby Weeks which scored Jessica Garcia with the game-winning run.
Sacramento State got a one-out single from Hinton in the seventh inning, but could not advance her past first base. Meehra Nelson (3-1) got the win, allowing five hits and five unearned runs over seven innings. For Sacramento State, Celina Matthias (3-5) took the loss, allowing one hit and one unearned run in 1.2 innings of relief. Taylor Tessier (2.0 ip, 4 h, 3 r) and Savanna Corr (2.1 ip, 4 h, 2 r) also pitched for Sacramento State.
The Hornets had just five hits in the game, including Hinton who went 2-for-3 with a run and a sacrifice.
vs. FRESNO STATE
Sacramento State left eight runners on base while stranding the bases loaded in both the third and sixth innings as Fresno State posted a 5-2 victory. The Bulldogs scored twice in the first inning and never trailed the entire way. The Hornets did cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second inning, and 3-2 in the fifth, but would get no closer.
After a two-run double from Savannah McHellon gave Fresno State a 2-0 lead, the Hornets sliced that deficit in half with a Spieth home run that cleared the left field fence in the second The Hornets had a chance to score in the third inning, loading the bases with two outs, but Fresno State starter Kamalani Dung got Spieth to ground out.
After the Bulldogs increased the lead to 3-1 in the fourth, Brookshire crushed a Dung offering over the left-center field wall to make the score 3-2. However, Fresno State immediately responded in the bottom of the fifth with with an RBI-double from Lindsey Wilson and an run-scoring single from McHellon, who finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Sacramento State had the tying runners aboard in the sixth inning, loading the bases with two outs, but McHellon retired Sydney Rasmussen on a fly ball to right field.
Dung (11-5) got the win for Fresno State, allowing seven hits and two runs over 5.2 innings, and McHellon got the save, pitching the final 1.1 innings. Danielle Sperry (1-3) got the loss for the Hornets, allowing seven hits and five runs over five innings. Matthias worked a hitless inning in the sixth.
Spieth (2-for-3 with a home run) and Maligad (2-for-3) both had multi-hit games for the Hornets. Sacramento State and Fresno State both finished the game with seven hits.
The Hornets return to action next week when they compete in a three-day tournament hosted by Loyola Marymount. Sacramento State will play five games over the three days, beginning on Friday against both DePaul and Loyola Marymount.
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