SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Sacramento State softball team increased
its winning streak to a season-high four games with a doubleheader
sweep over Santa Clara Wednesday night at Marsalli Park. The Hornets
won game one, 2-0, before completing the sweep with a 6-2 victory in
Sacramento State, which has also won five of its last six games after
enduring a season-long eight-game losing streak, improved its record
to 14-21. Santa Clara has now lost seven in a row while dropping to
11-26 on the season.
Sophomore Jillian Bivert (4-7) threw a four-hit shutout while
striking out six in game one. The Hornets got their only runs of the
game on an Arlette Sunseri RBI-single in the second inning and a
Jennifer Jokinen sacrifice fly in the third. Sunseri, who entered the
game with a .125 batting average, finished with three hits.
Hornet center fielder Cathy Coupar helped preserve the shutout in the
fourth inning when she threw out pinch runner Lindsey Braff trying to
score from second base on a single. With the performance, Bivert has
now gone 21-straight innings without allowing an earned run.
In the second game, the Hornets scored three runs in the second
inning and single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to
cruise to the 6-2 victory. Freshman Nicole Deatherage (7-9) picked up
the win, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned) while striking
out five in seven innings.
Seven Hornets starters recorded at least one hit in the game led by
Amber Dragomir who finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, a stolen base
and an RBI. Sacramento State scored its three runs in the second
inning on a Patty Villa RBI-double, a Sunseri RBI-fielders choice and
an RBI-single by Dragomir.
After Santa Clara closed to within, 3-2, the Hornets tacked on a run
in the fourth after Meghan Cunningham's RBI-double scored Lori
Meixner. Sacramento State added to its lead in the fifth on a Jokinen
sacrifice fly and a Cathy Coupar RBI-single in the sixth.
Deatherage has now picked up wins in consecutive starts after losing
The Hornets' pitching staff had combined to go a season-high
44.0-consecutive innings without allowing an earned run until
Deatherage allowed an earned run in the third inning.
Sacramento State returns to action this weekend as it hosts Cal State
Northridge for a Big West Conference three-game series. The two teams
play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 7, at noon, and a single game
Sunday, April 8, at noon.