STOCKTON, Calif. — Sacramento State right-hander Savanna Corr threw the second perfect game in the program's Div. I era (1990-pres.), highlighting a day that saw the Hornets win each of their final two games at the Louisville Slugger Tournament at Bill Simoni Field. Corr threw her perfect game in the Hornets' 7-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson before Sacramento State came back later in the day to beat tournament host Pacific by a 7-1 score.
In the win over Fairleigh Dickinson, Corr was brilliant, retiring all 21 batters she faced. The fourth-year senior threw just 89 pitches while striking out eight. It marked the 33rd no-hitter thrown by a Sacramento State pitcher since the program moved to the Div. I ranks in 1990, but just the second perfecto. The perfect game was the first no-hitter of Corr's career, and first by a Sacramento State pitcher since Celina Matthias tossed a five inning no-hitter against North Dakota on April 10, 2015. It is the first seven inning no-hitter since Taylor Stroud blanked San Diego on April 9, 2011.
The effort was part of a three-game stretch that saw Corr retire 27 consecutive batters. That includes a five-out relief appearance yesterday in which she earned a save against Pacifc, and her final out recorded of the Boise State game on Friday.
If that wasn't enough, Corr came back later in the day to throw four shutout innings against Pacific. She picked up the win in that game as well, and has now thrown 12.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Her streak of 27 straight batters came to an end after walking the first batter she faced against the Tigers. She improved her season record to 8-5 and dropped her ERA to 2.20. Opponents are batting just .184 when Corr is in the circle this season.
The pitching was fabulous, but Sacramento State's offense was also formidable. The Hornets combined for 14 runs and 15 hits in today's sweep. Sydney Rasmussen had three hits, three runs, a homer, two walks and two RBIs in today's games, Nene Alas was 2-for-4 with three walks, two hit-by-pitches and two runs scored, and Alondra Mejia was 2-for-6 with two doubles, two walks and four RBIs. In addition, Suzy Brookshire went 2-for-7 with another home run, improving her program record total to 37 career homers.
The victories allowed Sacramento State to conclude the three-day tournament with a 3-2 record and the Hornets are now 11-9 overall. The only two losses suffered by the Hornets during the tournament came to Boise State, which is currently receiving votes in the NFCA top 25 poll. After dropping their first two games of the tourney to the Broncos, Sacramento State ran off three straight, including a pair of wins against Pacific.
In the shutout of Fairleigh Dickinson, the big offensive blows were a two-out, three-run double by Mejia in the third inning, another RBI-double from Mejia in the fifth, a two-run homer from Brookshire in the sixth, and a solo blast from Rasmussen in the seventh. It was Brookshire who connected on her 36th career homer yesterday, setting the new Sacramento State record for most home runs.
In the win over Pacific, the Hornets scored once in the third inning, twice in the fourth and four times in the fifth. The fifth inning was highlighted by RBI-singles from Rasmussen, Alas and Kayla Grubert.
Corr worked the first four innings, allowing just two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. She was then followed by three relievers who each threw an inning apiece - Danielle Sperry, Jensen Main and Alyssa Nunez.
Sacramento State has a busy week ahead as the Hornets will play at UC Davis on Tuesday before co-hosting the Capital Classic with UC Davis from March 15-17. The Hornets will play five games at Shea Stadium over three days, opening on Friday with contests against Fairleigh Dickinson and Marist.
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