SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Cal's Zoe Conley took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and would eventually finish off a two-hit shutout as 22nd-ranked Cal defeated Sacramento State, 2-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
The only blemish on Conley's line during the first six innings was a one-out walk in the second. After that walk, Conley retired 14 batters in a row.
Needing just three outs for Conley's first no-hitter in a Cal uniform, Sacramento State's Zamari Hinton had a clean single to left field to start the seventh inning. Mo Spieth then followed with a hard-hit single up the middle to get runners to first and second with no outs. However, Conley got Jessica Ravetti to pop out, and Traci Shaw grounded into a double play to end the game.
With the victory, Cal, which is ranked 22nd in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, improved to 26-13. The Bears also improved to 65-21 all-time against Sacramento State, which includes 10 straight wins in the series. The Hornets' last win over Cal came in a 2-1 walkoff victory in eight innings in 2009.
Sacramento State, which was playing its last non-conference game of the season, dropped to 14-23-1. The Hornets' final nine games of the regular season will come against Big Sky Conference competition.
The loss overshadowed an impressive performance in the circle from Sacramento State starter Taylor Tessier. The senior right-hander allowed the 22nd ranked team in the nation just five hits and two runs over six innings. Savanna Corr was solid in relief, allowing just one hit and no runs in a scoreless seventh inning.
The Golden Bears scored the game's first run in the third inning on a successful squeeze bunt from Lindsay Rood allowing Kylie Reed to score from third base. In the sixth, a two-out RBI-single from Khala Taylor allowed Rood to score from third.
Sacramento State advanced just one runner past first base the entire game, and that runner (Hinton) was stranded at second base in the seventh inning.
The Hornets return to action later this week when the team plays a three-game series at Southern Utah. The Hornets and Thunderbirds will play a doubleheader on Friday at 11 a.m. PDT, followed by a single game on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT.
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