SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- The Sacramento State softball team opened its season with a pair of losses in the Campbell/Cartier Classic hosted by San Diego State on Thursday afternoon. The Hornets lost 3-2 in eight innings to UC Santa Barbara in the first game before being downed by second-ranked UCLA, 22-3.
Against UCSB, the Gauchos began the eighth inning with a runner on second base due to the international tie-breaker. After a sacrifice moved the runner to third, an error by Teri Ann Caogan allowed the winning run to score. In the bottom half of the inning, Sacramento State moved its runner to third with a sacrifice, but could do no more in its last two at-bats.
UCSB took a 1-0 lead in the game in the third inning behind a triple from Jessica Henja. The Gauchos pushed their lead to 2-0 in the fourth on a solo home run by freshman Tiffany Wright.
The Hornets began their comeback in the bottom of the fourth. Rachel Miles doubled to left center and later scored on a single from Jamie Schloredt. Sacramento State tied the game in the fifth on an RBI single from pitcher Nikki Cinque which plated Britany Crine.
Cinque threw all eight innings for Sacramento State and allowed just one earned run and five hits while striking out four without a walk. Offensively, sophomore Hilary Johnson was 2-for-4 and was the lone Hornet with multiple hits.
Jennifer Davis earned the victory for UCSB despite allowing eight hits in eight innings of work. Davis also struck eight.
UCLA showed its might in the second game, scoring 22 runs over three innings. Following a scoreless first inning, the Bruins erupted for five runs in the second, five in the third and 12 in the fourth. In the attack, UCLA pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of 14 walks and three Sacramento State errors. The Bruins also hit two home runs, including a grand slam from Caitlyn Benyi in the fourth.
Sacramento State rallied for three runs in the fifth inning before the game was called. In the inning, Amy Tompkins and Ashley Dawson were each hit by a pitch to start the rally. A throwing error loaded the bases and Miles responded with a bases-clearing double to left center.
Miles ended the game 2-for-3 and accounted for half of the teamâ€™s four hits.
Sacramento State returns to action on Friday morning as it takes on UMass at 11 a.m.