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SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State senior Savanna Corr threw her second no-hitter of the season, and the Hornet offense exploded for 15 runs and 15 hits on the way to a 15-0 mercy rule shortened blanking of Idaho State on the second day of the Big Sky Conference Softball Championship Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
The win allowed the Hornets (30-24) to advance to Friday's games while Idaho State (20-28) was bounced from the double elimination tournament. Sacramento State, which lost its opener to Portland State in 11 innings yesterday, still has plenty of work left to win the tournament championship and get the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Regionals.
Sacramento State will need to win four straight games (two tomorrow, and two on Saturday) to claim the title. That begins tomorrow in an elimination game against Montana at 1:30 p.m. Should the Hornets win that game, they will play Northern Colorado tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Weber State won its first two games of the tournament, including a 10-4 win over Northern Colorado today, and has already qualified for the Big Sky's championship game on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Two teams - Portland State and Idaho State - have been eliminated from the six-team tournament while Sacramento State, Montana, Northern Colorado and Weber State still remain. The only undefeated team is Weber State as the other three teams each have one loss. For the Big Sky Tournament home page, click here.
The story of the day was Corr as the senior right-hander allowed no hits with two walks and nine strikeouts over five innings. It marked her second no-hitter of the year as she threw a perfect game on March 10 against Fairleigh Dickinson. She becomes the seventh Sacramento State pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters in the same season - and first since 2006 - in the program's Div. I era (1990-pres.). Corr retired the final 10 batters she faced in succession, which included six strikeouts over that span.
The no-hitter was also the first in the seven-year history of the Big Sky Tournament. In addition, the 30-win season is the second straight for the Hornets, and 13th since joining the Div. I ranks in 1990.
While Corr was baffling Idaho State hitters, the Hornet offense exploded for a season-high 15 runs. Aided by eight Idaho State errors, each of the Hornets' first nine runs were unearned and six different Bengal fielders committed at least one error. Combine the errors with 15 hits and three walks, and you have a 15-run uprising, the Hornets' highest production since dropping 15 in a win at New Mexico on March 11, 2018.
The Hornets scored once in the first inning, eight times in the second, three in the third, and three more in the fifth as Sacramento State was the designated road team despite playing the tournament on its home field.
A ridiculous 11 different Hornets scored runs, and 10 hat at least one hit. Five had multiple-hit games, including Suzy Brookshire who finished 2-for-3 with two runs, two doubles and three RBIs. Krystal Aubert was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, Sydney Rasmussen was 2-for-3 with a stolen base and two runs, Sydnee Strong was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Katie Vretzos finished 2-for-3 with a run, double and three RBIs.
Nene Alas, Brianna Bowers, Kayla Grubert, Shea Graves, Charizma Guzman and Rylee Sager all scored at least one run.
During the regular season, Sacramento State swept both Montana (home) and Northern Colorado (road) in three-game series. The Hornets will try to keep that success going against those teams tomorrow. Two of those wins against Montana came in 10 innings.