DEFENSE GOES SOUTH IN SOFTBALLâ€™S 6-3 LOSS TO IOWA STATE IN THE SECOND ROUND OF CAPITAL CLASSIC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Iowa State took advantage of five Hornet errors and scored five unearned runs on the way to a 6-3 victory over Sacramento State in the second round of the Capital Classic Softball Tournament Friday evening at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Iowa State and Sacramento State have now played each other three times in the last three days, as the two teams split a doubleheader on Wednesday. With the victory, Iowa State improved to 1-1 at the tournament and 13-21 overall. The Hornets, who have now lost three in a row and nine of their last 10, fell to 0-2 at the tournament and 5-16 overall. Sacramento State returns to action tomorrow for the third and fourth rounds of the tournament as the team plays Idaho State at 12:30 p.m. and Pittsburgh at 5:30 p.m.
Iowa State scored four unearned runs in the second and one more in the seventh as only one of the team’s six runs were earned off Hornet starter Michele Bochenski. During the four-run second inning, Sacramento State committed three errors which all led to Cyclone runs. The Hornets scored a run in the first on an Amy Jo McKenzie RBI-single and one more in the third on a Melissa Cross RBI-single to keep things close.
Sacramento State left at least one runner on base in all but two innings, including stranding the bases loaded in the first. The Hornets finished with 10 hits, including two each from Kayla Meeks, Katie Rhoe and Cross. However, the team continued to struggle at coming up with the clutch hit, finishing 4-for-18 (.222) with runners on base.
Iowa State’s put the game away with two more runs in the seventh as the Cyclones were led by Courtney Wray’s two hits and three RBIs, and Amanda Bradberry finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
Iowa State Courtney Ransom (3-6) got the win, allowing two runs (one earned) and seven hits over 4.0 innings. Charissa Carlin picked up the save, finishing the final three innings. Bochenski (1-3) got the loss despite allowing just one earned run and nine hits over seven innings.
Complete results from today’s tournament action, and the schedule for the remainder of the tournament can be accessed by clicking on the link above the story.