SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State softball snapped a
season-long eight-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Portland
State in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader Thursday
afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Vikings won the first game, 3-0.
With the split, Sacramento State's record now stands at 10-20 while
Portland State moved to 10-17. The Hornets' eight-game losing streak
was the team's longest since the 1991 squad dropped 10 in a row.
In game two, Sacramento State starter Gina Steenburgen (2-5) picked
up the win, allowing just four hits and two runs (both unearned)
while striking out three in seven innings. The Hornets scored single
runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to earn the
Sacramento State got on the board first in the third inning after an
RBI-single by Andrea Becker scored Amber Dragomir. An RBI-single by
Jillian Bivert in the fourth and a Lori Meixner RBI-double in the
fifth extended the Hornets' lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the fifth,
Portland State took advantage of two Sacramento State errors to score
two unearned runs. Steenburgen got Courtney Crowe to ground out with
the bases loaded to get out of the jam.
The Hornets added an insurance run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice
fly by Patty Villa. Dragomir led all players with three hits while
Ali Norman chipped in two. Nichole Ivie (3-8) got the loss for the
Vikings, allowing nine hits and four runs (three earned) in six
In the first game, the Vikings scored three unearned runs in the top
of the second and starter Morgan Seibert (7-9) made the runs stand,
shutting out the Hornets on just three hits while striking out six.
Sacramento State starter Bivert (3-6) picked up the loss despite
allowing just two hits in seven innings.
Bivert opened the second inning by getting Ivie to ground out. After
a walk to Gina Papasadero, Marissa Smith and Seibert reached on
consecutive Hornet errors to load the bases with one out. A fielders
choice off the bat of Stephanie Hagen scored the inning's first run
before Kiauna Anderson and Summer Conroy each recorded RBI-singles to
push the lead to 3-0.
That was all the cushion Seibert would need as she allowed no hits
through the first 4.2 innings of the game.
Sacramento State returns to action this weekend for a Big West
Conference three-game series at UC Santa Barbara. The teams play a
doubleheader on Saturday, March 31, and a single game on Sunday,