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STOCKTON — Sacramento State split a pair of games on the second day of the Louisville Slugger Softball Tournament at Bill Simoni Field, highlighted by junior outfielder Suzy Brookshire becoming the all-time career home run leader at Sacramento State.
The Hornets lost to Boise State, 7-3, in the first game of the day before bouncing back to beat Pacific by a 3-1 score.
Brookshire hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the win over Pacific, her 36th blast in a career that has spanned just 82 games. The 36 home runs surpassed the previous school record of 35, set by Jamie Schloredt (2006-09). Brookshire has 36 home runs in 360 at-bats, good for an impressive one home run ievery 10 at-bats average.
Sacramento State is now 1-2 at the three-day tournament and 9-9 overall this season. The Hornets dropped their first two games of the tournament to Boise State (18-2) who has now won 17 straight games and is receiving votes in the NFCA top 25 poll. Pacific dropped to 5-11 with the loss.
Sacramento State will conclude the tournament at Pacific's home field tomorrow for games vs. Fairleigh Dickinson at 10 a.m. and Pacific at 12:15 p.m.
Highlighting the 3-1 win over Pacific was Brookshire's homer, but that takes nothing away from the performances in the circle from Danielle Sperry and Savanna Corr.
Sperry was brilliant in improving to 3-0 this season, allowing just four hits and one run with three strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Sperry retired the first six batters of the game in succession, and had allowed just two hits through five innings. After the left-hander ran into some trouble in the sixth, it was Corr who came in and promptly retired all five batters she faced to end the game, four via strikeout. The save for Corr was the first of the season, and first of her career.
The two teams combined for just seven hits (Hornets 3, Tigers 4), but Sacramento State made their hits count. That included a two-out, two-run homer from Nene Alas in the fifth inning that broke a scoreless tie and gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead. The home run was the second of the season for Alas, who is batting .393 this season.
The Hornets did not have a hit in the game until Alondra Mejia's one-out single in the fifth that was followed two batters later by Alas' blast to left field. Sacramento State got an insurance run in the sixth when Brookshire cranked a 1-0 pitch the opposite way for a homer to right-center. The Tigers cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth and had the potential tying runners aboard until Corr came in and struck out both batters she faced to escape the jam.
The Tigers' Myka Sutherlin (0-3) got the loss, allowing just three hits and three runs with seven strikeouts over seven innings.
For the Hornets, Mejia, a true freshman, now has a five-game hitting streak. Mejia has taken over the starting role at first base for Mo Spieth, who missed her sixth straight game with a knee injury.
Sacramento State combined for just five singles against Boise State starting pitcher Kelsey Broadus. Just like yesterday's loss to Boise State, the Hornets took an early 2-1 lead, but the Broncos scored late to get the victory. In today's game, Boise State scored once in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings, and tacked on three more in the seventh to win, 7-3.
Sacramento State accounted for two runs on two hits in the first inning, and scored via wild pitch that allowed Alas to score, and later in the inning, a bases loaded walk to Sydney Rasmussen brought home another run. With two runs already across, Sacramento State still had the bases loaded with just one out, but the Hornets hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Hornets also loaded the bases in the second, but did not score. In fact, Sacramento State stranded 10 runners on base, including at least one runner in every inning but the sixth. The Hornets had numerous chances to score, but finished the game hitting 3-for-16 with runners on base.
Sacramento State scored for the final time in the seventh after Brookshire scored on a Boise State error. Brookshire, Rasmussen, Katie Vretzos, Krystal Aubert and Mejia had the Hornets' hits. Rasmussen reached base in all three of her plate appearances, going 1-for-1 with two walks and a stolen base.
Broadus (7-0) got the win, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts over seven innings. She also issued nine walks, including two walks to Brookshire, Shea Graves, Rasmussen and Alas.
Jensen Main (0-4) got the loss for the Hornets, allowing four runs and 11 hits over seven innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Alyssa Nunez also pitched in the game.
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