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SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State got five solid innings from left-hander Danielle Sperry, and home runs from Suzy Brookshire and Nene Alas as the Hornets defeated Marist, 9-1, in five innings on the final day of the Capital Classic Softball Tournament on Sunday morning at Shea Stadium.
With the victory, the Hornets conclude the three-day event with a 4-1 record, and improved to 15-12 overall this season. Sacramento State defeated Fairleigh Dickinson and Marist on Friday, followed by al loss to Santa Clara and win over Rider yesterday. The Hornets are 4-2 on their 10-game homestead, and 10-4 at Shea Stadium this season. Sacramento State will host a non-conference game against Cal on Wednesday followed by opening Big Sky Conference play at home on Friday and Saturday in a three-game series against Southern Utah.
In today's game, Sperry improved her record to 4-0 as the junior allowed just one run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts over five innings. She faced just five batters over the minimum, threw 66 pitches and improved her season ERA to 2.10.
Offensively, nine different Hornets scored a run, and Sacramento State scored six times in the fifth inning, including a three-run blast from Alas and a two-run shot from Brookshire. The Brookshire homer gave the Hornets an eight-run lead and the mercy rule went into effect.
After Marist got on the board in the first inning on a solo home run from Ali Milam, the Hornets bounced back in the second with a pair after an error allowed Katie Vretzos to score, and a bases-loaded walk to Sydney Rasmussen scored Sydnee Strong.
The Hornets tacked on another in the fourth inning after Krystal Aubert's two-out RBI-single scored Rasmussen. Sacramento State blew things open with a six-run fifth inning that included three hits hits, a Marist error and a pair of walks. The error allowed pinch runner Kayla Grubert to score the inning's first run, and Alas later followed with a three-run shot over the right field wall that scored both Shea Graves and Rylee Sager. After Aubert singled to right field with two outs, Brookshire deposited a shot well over the left field fence to end the game.
The home run for Brookshire was her team-high tying sixth of the season (Aubert also has six), and Alas now has three homers. Combined, Sacramento State has hit 22 home runs this season compered to just 10 for the opposition.
Aubert finished with three hits, and Brookshire had two hits.
Nicole Teague (0-3) got the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) and five hits over four innings.
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