LOS ANGELES – Sacramento State scored nine unanswered runs and got home runs from Suzy Brookshire and Jessica Ravetti in a 9-2 victory over DePaul in the first round of the LMU Softball Tournament on Friday afternoon at Smith Field.
Sacramento State's second game of the day was halted in the middle of the fifth inning with the Hornets leading Loyola Marymount, 4-1. The two teams will resume the game at a later date, possibly at some point over the next two days.
Sacramento State (7-12-1) will play five games over three days at the tournament, including a matchup tomorrow with Dartmouth at 1 p.m. followed by two games on Sunday.
With the loss, DePaul, which had won nine of its last 11 games prior to today, dropped to 12-9.
The Hornets recorded season highs in runs (9), hits (11), RBIs (8) and total bases (21). Seven of the team's nine starters each had at least one hit, and the Hornets' Nos. 1-4 hitters combined to go 7-for-14 with six runs and seven RBIs. Among those hits was the sixth home run of the season for Suzy Brookshire and fifth round tripper for Jessica Ravetti.
Zamari Hinton, Nene Alas, Brookshire and Marissa Maligad each scored twice while Hinton (2-for-3 with two runs), Brookshire (2-for-4 with two runs, a homer and four RBIs), Mo Spieth (2-for-3 with three RBIs) and Maligad (2-for-3 with two runs) each had multiple-hit games.
After DePaul scored twice in the top of the first inning, the Hornets scored twice in the third to tie, twice in the fifth to take the lead, and five runs in the sixth to put the game away. Sacramento State took advantage of three Blue Demon errors to score a pair of runs in the third and tie the game at 2-2.
In the fifth, Hinton led off the inning with a double and Brookshire followed with a two-run homer to give the Hornets a 4-2 lead. Sacramento State scored five times in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run single from Brookshire and two-run double from Spieth.
Taylor Tessier (2-4) got the win, allowing just two runs and four hits while striking out seven over five innings. Danielle Sperry notched her second save, retiring the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings.
When the halted game was stopped in the middle of the fifth inning because of darkness, the Hornets held a 4-1 lead over tournament host Loyola Marymount. Sacramento State scored three times in the third inning and once in the fifth. Stats in the game do not count yet, but will count when the game is finished. Shelby Johnston was 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs while Hinton and Alas both had hits.
Celina Matthias worked the first three innings, allowing just one run and four hits. Sperry entered the game in the fourth and threw a perfect inning.