SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State softball team combined for
just one run and seven hits in two games as 15th-ranked Oregon State
defeated the Hornets, 5-0 and 2-1, in a non-conference doubleheader
Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
With the victories, Oregon State increased its winning streak to 10
games while improving its record to 29-10-1. Sacramento State has now
lost seven in a row while its record fell to 9-19.
In game one, Beavers' starter Crystal Draper (16-5) limited the
Hornets to four hits and no runs while striking out four. Oregon
State scored the first runs of the game in the fifth inning on a
two-run double by Shawna Feldt. The Beavers added three more runs in
the sixth, including a sacrifice fly by Steph Adams and an RBI-single
by Brooke Rutschman.
Hornet starter Jillian Bivert (3-5) picked up the loss, allowing five
runs (three earned) and nine hits in seven innings. Sacramento State
did not advance a runner past second base until loading the bases in
the seventh inning with one out. Draper, however, struck out pinch
hitter Roni Rodrigues and got Meghan Cunningham to foul out to end
In game two, Oregon State starter Monica Hoffman (11-5) allowed just
three hits and one run while striking out five to pick up the win.
Sacramento State starter Gina Steenburgen (1-5), who had a no-hitter
through 5.1 innings, got the loss despite allowing just two runs (one
earned) and two hits in seven innings.
Oregon State got on the board first after the Hornets committed two
errors in the inning, allowing a run to score. Sacramento State
answered with a run in the bottom of the inning after Jillian
Bivert's RBI-double scored Amber Dragomir.
The Beavers took the lead for good in the sixth inning as Feldt
tripled in Michelle Notaro with what proved to be the game-wining
run. The Hornets' Cunningham was hit by a pitch with out in the
bottom of the seventh but Hoffman struck out Ali Norman and got Mary
Villalpando to ground out to end the game.
Steenburgen, who surrendered 40 runs in her first eight appearances
this season, has now allowed just three earned runs in her last three
outings (spanning 16.0 innings).
The Hornets' current seven-game losing streak is the longest since
the 1992 team lost seven in a row.
Sacramento State returns to action this Thursday, March 29, as it
hosts Portland State in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.