BARTEE HOMERS IN DEBUT, BUT SOFTBALL FALLS AT NO. 12 STANFORD
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford tallied 13 runs and 10 hits off Sacramento State pitching as the 12th-ranked Cardinal cruised to a 13-2 victory over the Hornets in a non-conference softball game Tuesday afternoon at Smith Family Stadium.
Stanford scored five times in the first, six more in the third and two in the fourth, as Maddy Cool (2-for-4, two RBIs), Missy Penna (2-for-2, two RBIs), Tricia Aggabao (2-for-3, three RBIs) and Anna Beardman (1-for-3, two RBIs) combined to drive in nine of the team’s 13 runs. With the eight-run mercy rule in effect, the game was stopped after five innings.
With the loss, Sacramento State dropped to 2-3 overall this season, and 10-19 against Stanford since joining the Div. I ranks in 1990. The Cardinal improved to 4-2 as today’s game marked the team’s home opener.
The lone bright spot for the Hornets came in the second inning when freshman Jenice Bartee hit a two-run homer off Penna. For Bartee, the home run came on her first intercollegiate at-bat as the Novato, Calif., native missed the opening weekend of play with injury.
That was the only hit Sacramento State would muster during the entire game as Penna (3.2 innings) and Becky McCullough (1.1 innings) combined to limit the Hornets to two runs and one hit over five innings. A total of 17 Hornets appeared in the game, with 12 of those players getting at-bats.
Sophomore Kayla Meeks (1-2) picked up the loss for Sacramento State, pitching the first 2.2 innings. Freshman Brittani Clifford pitched the final 1.1 innings in relief, allowing just two hits and two unearned runs.
Sacramento State returns to action this Friday-Sunday, Feb. 16-18, when the team takes part in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. The Hornets will play five games over three days, including contests against top-ranked Tennessee and eighth-ranked Northwestern.