SOFTBALL DROPS FINAL NON-CONFERENCE GAME, 4-0, AT #24 CALIFORNIA

SOFTBALL DROPS FINAL NON-CONFERENCE GAME, 4-0, AT #24 CALIFORNIA

BERKELEY — Cal's Zoe Conley (5.0 ip) and Kamalani Dung (2.0 ip) combined on a five-hit shutout of Sacramento State in the Hornets' final non-conference game of the regular season.

Conley (16-10) allowed five hits over five-plus innings, and Dung retired all six batters she faced to record her first save of the season. The Bears, who are currently ranked 24th in the nation, improved to 34-13 while Sacramento State dropped to 27-17. The two teams faced each other twice this season with Cal posting a 2-1 victory in eight innings over the Hornets back in early February at Shea Stadium.

Today's game marked the final time during the regular season Sacramento State will face a non-league opponent. The Hornets will now shift their attention to this week's three-game series at Big Sky Conference opponent Montana on Friday and Saturday. Sacramento State is currently tied with Weber State in first place with a 12-6 league record, and the winner of the Big Sky's regular season title will host next year's postseason conference tournament.

Conley allowed five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings. She was pulled after issuing a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth inning. Sacramento State had its chances to score, stranding eight runners on base.

That included the Hornets getting runners to second and third with one out in the first after a Brookshire double, but the team could not plate a run. Sacramento State left at least one runner on base in every inning but the second and seventh, including multiple runners left aboard in the first, fourth and fifth innings.

Cal had just six hits, but scored twice in the first inning on a two-run homer from Mikayla Coelho, once more in the third after a Coelho sacrifice fly, and once more in the fourth when a passed ball allowed a run to score from third base. Coelho, who is Cal's No. 3 hitter, finished the game 1-for-2 with three RBIs and a sacrifice fly.

Matthias saw her record drop to 17-8 after allowing five hits and four runs (three earned) with five strikeouts over four innings. Savanna Corr worked two innings of scoreless relief.

For Sacramento State, Zamari Hinton improved her hitting streak to eight games after going 2-for-4. Hinton struck out in the first inning, just her second strikeout in 153 at-bats this season. Also getting hits for the Hornets were Brookshire (1-for-2 with a double and a walk), Sydney Rasmussen (1-for-2 with a walk) and Charizma Guzman (1-for-3).

The Hornets will play a doubleheader at Montana on Friday at 2 p.m. PDT, and a single game on Saturday at noon PDT. Sacramento State controls its own destiny for a potential Big Sky regular season title as the Hornets own the tiebreaker over Weber State should the two teams finish tied atop the conference standings.