SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State senior Celina Matthias tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener to highlight a softball doubleheader split with Stanford on Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Hornets won the first game, 1-0, before dropping the nightcap, 5-2.
The two teams were playing each other for the first time since 2011, and first time at Shea Stadium since 2008. Sacramento State snapped an eight-game losing streak against Stanford that dated back to April 20, 2005.
The split allowed Sacramento State to move its record to 4-7 on the young season while Stanford is now 7-6. The two teams combined for just eight runs and 19 hits over the two games.
Matthias was incredible the entire way, tossing her second four-hit shutout over a six-day span as she threw a four-hitter last Saturday vs. Cal Poly. In today's game, Matthias yielded just two walks while striking out a season-high tying seven batters. She needed 129 pitches to complete the shutout, stranded nine Cardinal runners on base and improved her record to 4-2. In fact, Matthias has won four of her five starts, and has accounted for all four Hornet wins this year. In the process, she lowered her season ERA to 1.56.
The lone run of the game was scored in the fifth inning when Suzy Brookshire's two-out, RBI-single scored Marissa Maligad from second base.
Stanford had opportunities to score, but stranded a pair of runners on base in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. In fact, Matthias' only 1-2-3 inning came in the seventh when she retired Alyssa Horeczko, Hannah Howell and Montana Dixon in order.
Sacramento State left seven runners on base, which included stranding the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Both teams had just four hits as Brookshire, Jessica Scott and Maligad (2-for-2) accounted for the Hornets' four hits.
Stanford's Maddy Dwyer (4-4) was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing just four hits and one run in six innings.
Stanford scored once in the first inning, and twice in both the fourth and seventh innings, and rode the arm of Kiana Pancino to the victory. Pancino (3-1) was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned) with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings.
Stanford, which had just one more hit than the Hornets, got on the board in the first inning when Dixon singled home Teaghan Cowles. Stanford would score two more in the fourth after Molly Fowkes' two-run double made the score 3-0.
The Hornets cut the deficit to 3-1 after Brookshire's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning allowed Nene Alas to score. Stanford added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Dixon followed by an RBI-double from Arden Pettit.
Sacramento State scored once in the bottom of the seventh on a Stanford error allowing Sydney Rasmussen to score. The Hornets were able to bring the tying run to the plate, but Pancino got Zamari Hinton to pop out and end the game.
No Hornet hit safely in both games as Alas, Hinton, Mo Spieth and Rasmussen accounted for the hits in the second game.
Hornet starter Savanna Corr (0-4) took the loss, allowing six hits and five runs with a pair of strikeouts over seven innings. She threw 111 pitches, and yielded just two extra base hits the entire way.
Sacramento State does not play again until traveling to CSU Bakersfield for a three-game series March 3-4.
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