FRESNO, Calif. — Sacramento State's Savanna Corr threw a four-hit shutout and Sydney Rasmussen had a three-run double to highlight the Hornets' 3-0 victory over Fresno State in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday evening. In the second game, the Bulldogs won, 4-0, behind a one-hit shutout from pitcher Hailey Dolcini.
With the split, the Hornets moved their record to 22-18 while Fresno State is now 25-13. Sacramento State was playing its only games this week, as the team will enjoy its bye weekend from Big Sky Conference play. The Hornets, who will play seven consecutive games on the road (including tonight's contests), do not play again until traveling to Saint Mary's for a doubleheader on April 16.
Prior to tonight, Fresno State had won nine of its last 10 games and was 14-2 at home.
There was a lot of pitching in tonight's game, and not a ton of offense from either team. Sacramento State pitching allowed just 12 hits and four runs in 13.0 innings while the offense combined for eight hits in 48 at-bats (.167 batting average) with two doubles and three RBIs. Fresno State had 12 hits in 48 at-bats and the Bulldog pitching staff yielded eight hits and zero earned runs in 14.0 innings.
An offense highlight for the Hornets was true freshman Brianna Bowers recording a hit in both games, and extending her hitting streak to 12 games. That is the longest hitting streak by a Hornet player this year. It was Bowers that had Sacramento State's lone hit in the nightcap.
In Game 1, Corr was tremendous, limiting Fresno State to just four hits (three singles) and no runs with four strikeouts over seven innings. The shutout was her sixth of the season and she improved to 15-9. With one more win, Corr would become just the seventh pitcher in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.) to register at least 16 wins in a season.
The Bulldogs stranded six runners on base, as Corr worked out of jams in the first, third and sixth innings. That includes escaping a bases loaded and one out situation in the third. The fourth-year senior needed just 99 pitches to complete the shutout, and retired the side in order in the seventh. Corr is now 15-9 and lowered her ERA to 2.14. In 150.2 innings pitched, she has allowed opponents just a .182 batting average.
Sacramento State got all its runs in the fifth inning. After the Hornets loaded the bases with two outs, Rasmussen drove a 2-2 pitch to center field for a three-run double scoring Suzy Brookshire, Krystal Aubert and Shea Graves. After the first two outs of the inning were recorded, Brookshire doubled down the left field line and Aubert was intentionally walked. The Hornets then loaded the base when Graves' ground ball was misplayed by pitcher Danielle Lung. That gave the Hornets an extra life, and Rasmussen made the Bulldogs pay for the error.
Lung (10-2) got the loss for Fresno State, allowing seven hits and three unearned runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Both Brookshire and Rasmussen were 2-for-3 while Bowers, Aubert and Nene Alas also had hits.
In the second game, Dolcini (11-5) was impressive, allowing just one Bowers single and no runs with no walks and seven strikeouts. She threw just 90 pitches and faced only one batter over the minimum. In fact, with the exception of the Bowers infield single in the fourth inning, Dolcini was perfect. She retired the side in order in the first, second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The Hornets did not get a runner past first base the entire way.
Hornet left-hander Danielle Sperry (7-2) lost for just the second time all season, allowing four runs over 4.1 innings while Jensen Main worked 1.2 innings of shutout relief.
Sacramento State's next games will come on Tuesday at Saint Mary's. The two teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. After those games, Sacramento State will jump back into Big Sky play next Friday and Saturday at Northern Colorado.