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SOFTBALL BEGINS THE CAPITAL CLASSIC WITH A PAIR OF WINS

SOFTBALL BEGINS THE CAPITAL CLASSIC WITH A PAIR OF WINS

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SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State began the Capital Classic Softball Tournament with a pair of wins on Friday afternoon, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-0, in nine innings before coming back to beat Marist, 6-2.

With the wins, Sacramento State improved to 2-0 at the three-day tournament, and 13-11 overall this season. The Hornets are hosting the three-day event, and will play twice more on Saturday and once on Sunday. Tomorrow, Sacramento State will take on Santa Clara at noon, followed by a matchup with Rider at 2:30 p.m. For complete tournament information, including schedule and results, click here for the tourney home page.

The Hornets' pitching was spectacular today as the staff allowed just eight hits and one earned run with 11 strikeouts over 16.0 innings. The opposition combined to hit just .145. That includes Savanna Corr (10-6) picking up both wins and allowing no earned runs and five hits over 10.0 innings. Danielle Sperry allowed just one hit and no runs over five innings.

Offensively, Sydney Rasmussen had a big day, combining to go 4-for-7 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Rasmussen also made a handful of nice plays at third base.

GAME 1

Sydnee Strong's walkoff RBI-single scored pinch runner Rylee Sager, ending a nine inning game that was played in a swift two hours and 10 minutes. Both teams had combined for just nine hits over eight and a half innings until Strong's first-pitch swinging base hit to left field easily scored Sager from second base for the game-winning run.

The tiebreaker rule was used to begin the eighth inning. Corr, who entered in relief in the sixth inning, had to escape jams in the top of the eighth and ninth. That included Fairleigh Dickinson having a runner at third base with no outs in the eighth, and runners at second and third with no outs in the ninth. Both times, Corr was up to the challenge.

Corr pitched four innings of two-hit ball, and, one week after throwing a perfect game against Fairleigh Dickinson, has allowed just two hits and no runs over 11.0 innings against the Knights.

Sacramento State threatened early, getting a runner to third base with less than two outs in both the first and second innings, but could not score.

Sperry started the game, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts over five innings. The left-hander improved her season ERA to 2.53. Baylee Ports (2-7) was the tough luck losing pitcher, as she allowed seven hits and one unearned run over eight innings with six strikeouts.

Rasmussen (2-for-4) and Strong (2-for-3 with an RBI) combined for four of the Hornets' seven hits.

GAME 2

Sacramento State scored once in both the first and third innings, four times in the fifth, and cruised from there in a 6-2 win over Marist. The Hornets finished with seven hits, and got six solid innings in the circle from Corr, who allowed just three hits and one unearned run with four strikeouts.

Once again, Rasmussen had a multiple-hit game finishing 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs while Shea Graves was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, including a triple.

The Hornets scored in the first inning via Marist error allowing Rasmussen to score, and an RBI-ground ball form Nene Alas allowing Graves to score from third in the third frame. Graves had opened the inning with a triple to right-center. Sacramento State broke things open with a four-run fifth inning. The Hornets had five of their seven hits in the inning, including a two-run single from Rasmussen and an RBI-single from Katie Vretzos. Jessica Scott, Graves, Alas, Rasmussen and Vretzos all had hits in the frame.

Marist scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but never really threatened to get back in the game.

Corr went the first six innings for the win while Jensen Main pitched the seventh in relief. Megan Beiermeister (0-2) got the loss, allowing seven hits and six runs (five earned) over 4.1 innings.