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SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR TO PORTLAND STATE

SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR TO PORTLAND STATE

Big Sky Conference standings

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State combined for nine hits over two games, and Hornet pitchers issued 11 walks over 14.0 innings as the Hornets dropped a home doubleheader to Portland State on Friday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Sacramento State lost the first game, 3-1, and fell in the second game by a 7-2 score.

The Hornets had won five straight, and 10 of the last 11 games prior to today's losses. In addition, the team had won 16 of its last 18 home games against Big Sky opposition stretching back to the 2017 season.

Sacramento State remains in second place in the Big Sky standings with an 8-5 conference record, and 27-20 overall record. However, Portland State (18-26, 7-6) now sits in third, just one game back of the Hornets. The two teams conclude the three-game series tomorrow at noon on Senior Day. The two losses also mean that Weber State (12-1), which is idle from conference play this week, has clinched the Big Sky regular season title and will host next year's conference tournament. There is still one more week of conference play next week.

Sacramento State had not lost consecutive games at home all year, and the Hornets are still a commanding 15-8 at Shea Stadium.

The Hornets' offense mustered just nine hits in 50 at-bats (.180 batting average) today with four extra base hits and two RBIs. Suzy Brookshire had two of those extra base hits, combining to go 2-for-5 with two runs, a walk, double, homer and an RBI. First baseman Krystal Aubert tripled in her first at-bat of the opener, extending her program-record streak to 11 straight plate appearances with a hit or a walk. That streak, which lasted parts of four games, came to a close when she grounded out in her second at-bat of Game 1.

Hornet pitchers issued 11 walks and gave up 20 Portland State hits over the two games, as the Vikings strung together numerous lengthy at-bats. In fact, Sacramento State pitchers threw 275 pitches during the doubleheader, and PSU finished the day batting .333 (20-for-60) with a .444 on-base percentage.

In the first game, Sacramento State took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Aubert tripled and came around to score on a throwing error. However, Portland State scored twice in the fourth and once in the sixth to eventually win, 3-1. After the Aubert triple, the Hornets did not get a runner past second base the rest of the way against PSU starter Katie Schroeder (8-6), who allowed just five hits and an unearned run over seven innings. Schroeder struck out just one batter, and PSU pitchers combined to strike out three batters all afternoon.

Savanna Corr (17-10) got the loss for the Hornets, allowing three runs and seven hits with two strikeouts over seven innings. Brianna Bowers was 2-for-3 while Aubert, Sydnee Strong and Katie Vretzos also had hits.

In the second game, PSU never trailed as the Vikings, led by leadoff hitter Darian Lindsey's four hits, scored twice in the second, three times in the third, and once in both the fourth and seventh innings. Portland State's 13 hits tied for the second most allowed by Hornet pitching this season.

Sacramento State scored its runs in the second (Sydney Rasmussen RBI-double scoring Brookshire) and fourth innings (Brookshire solo homer). Brookshire now has 10 home runs this season, and has connected on double figure round trippers each of her first three years in the Green and Gold. Brookshire finished the game 2-for-2 with two runs, a double, homer and an RBI while Rasmussen and Vretzos accounted for the other hits.

Both Danielle Sperry (2.2 innings) and Jensen Main (4.2 innings) pitched in the game while Sperry took the loss, seeing her record fall to 8-3. Serafine Parrish (3-8) earned the win, allowing just four hits and two runs over seven innings.

Prior to tomorrow's game, Sacramento State seniors Nene Alas, Strong, Aubert, Corr and Rasmussen will be honored for their contributions to the program.