RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Senior Savanna Corr threw a three-hit shutout and the Hornet offense pounded out five runs and nine hits on the way to a 5-0 victory over UC Riverside in the first round of the UCR Classic on Friday afternoon at Amy S. Harrison Field.
Today marked the first of four games for the Hornets at the three-day tournament as the team will also play tomorrow against Cal Baptist (11:30 a.m.) and UC Riverside (2 p.m.), followed by a Sunday matchup against UTEP at 9 a.m.
The Hornets have now won four straight games and improved their record to 7-6 overall. The loss dropped UC Riverside to 4-12. Today marked the first time this season that Sacramento State had played on an opponent's home field. The Hornets have played eight home games and four at a neutral site.
The shutout was Corr's third of the season and the fourth-year senior improved to 5-3 with the victory. In seven innings, she allowed just three hits while striking out three and throwing 103 pitches. The right-hander did not allow a hit until until Amanda Lynch led off the fifth inning with a double. The only inning where Corr allowed a runner past second base was the sixth when she loaded the bases with two outs. However, Corr was able to strike out Moana Pisia on a full count to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Sacramento State got on the board early, scoring three times in the first inning off UC Riverside starter Melanie Olmos before tacking on single runs in the third and fourth.
Back-to-back RBI-doubles from Suzy Brookshire and Krystal Aubert highlighted a first inning which also saw Sydnee Strong connect for a two-out, RBI-single scoring Aubert. By the time the inning ended, Sacramento State already had three runs before the Highlanders had an at-bat.
The Hornets scored their third-inning run on a two-out, bases loaded walk to Jessica Scott, and tacked on another in the fourth after Nene Alas stole third and scored on an errant throw from catcher Kayla Curtan. The stolen base was the second of the day for Alas who went 1-for-2 with a walk, and extended her hitting streak to seven games. True freshman Shea Graves also had a hit, and improved her hitting streak to six games. In addition, Strong now has a four-game hitting streak.
Seven different Sacramento State players had hits, including Brookshire going 2-fo-4 with two doubles, a run scored an an RBI. Also with a multi-hit game was Strong who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Alas, Aubert, Katie Vretzos, Brianna Bowers and Graves also had hits. Five Hornets scored runs, including Alas, Brookshire, Vretzos, Aubert and Sydney Rasmussen.
Olmos (1-6) took the loss for the Highlanders, allowing six hits and four runs over three innings.
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