MORAGA, Calif. — Sacramento State got a great pitching performance from Savanna Corr in the first game, and received huge hits from Sydney Rasmussen and Suzy Brookshire in the second game, as the Hornets swept a road doubleheader at Saint Mary's on Tuesday afternoon. The Hornets won the first game, 6-1, before taking the nightcap by a 5-4 score in nine innings.
In the first game, Corr allowed just three hits and one run over seven innings while winning her 16th game, followed by a come from behind victory in the second game. Sacramento State trailed by two runs in the seventh inning, and was down to its last strike in the second game, before scoring twice, and later adding two more in the ninth to win.
With the victories, Sacramento State has won seven of its last eight games while improving to 24-18 this season. The Hornets are 3-1 on a stretch that will see the team play seven straight road games. That run of roadies comes to a close this weekend when the team travels to Northern Colorado for a three-game series.
Over the Hornets' last eight games, they have a win at 24th-ranked Stanford, a win at Fresno State and a three-game sweep of Big Sky Conference foe Montana. Sacramento State has scored at least five runs in all but two games during the eight-game stretch.
Today's losses dropped Saint Mary's to 9-30 this season. The wins were the 59th and 60th all-time against Saint Mary's, as the Hornets improved to 60-21 vs. the Gaels. Sacramento State now has just 10 games remaining on its regular season schedule (nine against conference opponents) before hosting the Big Sky Tournament on May 8-11.
Trailing, 3-1, in the seventh inning, Sacramento State received a pinch hit, one-out RBI-single from Krystal Aubert scoring Nene Alas to cut the deficit to one run. One out later, and the Hornets down to their last strike, Rasmussen came through with an RBI-double scoring pinch runner Charizma Guzman all the way from first base. The Rasmussen at-bat was nine pitches long and featured three foul balls after two strikes had been recorded.
Saint Mary's got a runner to third base with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but reliever Jensen Main worked out of the jam. That helped set the stage for a ninth inning that saw Brookshire crush a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence for a two-run homer scoring Alas. The blast gave Sacramento State a 5-3 lead, and Saint Mary's got a run back in the bottom of the ninth, but could get no closer.
The Hornets had plenty of opportunities to score early, stranding seven runners on base in the first three innings, but pushing just one run across. That one run came via fielding error allowing Brookshire to score in the third inning giving the Hornets a 1-0 lead.
With the help of two Hornet errors, Saint Mary's pushed across three runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Sacramento State went hitless in both the fifth and sixth innings before mounting its rally in the seventh.
Main picked up her first win in a Sacramento State uniform, allowing just three hits and one run over four innings of relief. Eryn McCoy (4-6) picked up the loss for Saint Mary's, allowing 10 hits and five runs (four earned) over 8.1 innings. Danielle Sperry worked the first five innings for Sacramento State, yielding five hits and three runs (one earned) with three strikeouts.
Alas went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, and finished the doubleheader 5-for-7 with three runs, two doubles and two RBIs. Brookshire was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs, two walks and two RBIs. The home run was her eighth of the season. Alas and Brookshire combined to score four of the Hornets' five runs.
Sacramento State scored once in both the first and second innings, and four times in the fourth while riding the right arm of Corr to victory. Corr threw 107 pitches, striking out four while allowing just one fourth-inning run. The win improved her record to 16-9, and the 16 victories are tied for the 10th best single-season mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.).
The Hornets got a run in the first inning on an RBI-single from Brookshire scoring Alas, and tacked on another in the second after Jessica Scott's squeeze bunt scored Rasmussen from third.
Sacramento State broke things open in the fourth inning on a two-run single from Sydnee Strong, and two-run double from Alas. That was more than enough run support for Corr, who did not allow a Saint Mary's hit until the fourth inning.
Alas had multiple-hit games in both ends of the doubleheader today, finishing the opener 2-for-3 with a run, walk, double and two RBIs. Alas, Aubert, Rasmussen, Shea Graves, Kayla Grubert and Rylee Sager all scored runs for the Hornets.
Sofia Earle (3-9) took the loss for Saint Mary's, allowing six hits and six runs with four walks and 10 strikeouts over seven innings.
Sacramento State's three-game series at Northern Colorado will begin with a doubleheader on Friday at noon PDT, followed by a single game on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT.
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