SOFTBALL DROPS 4-1 DECISION TO PITTSBURGH
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Samantha Card had three hits, and Joey Scarf and Alex Shoemaker each finished with two to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-1 victory over Sacramento State in the fourth round of the Capital Classic Softball Tournament Saturday evening at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Sacramento State, which had seven hits but could only plate one run, dropped to 1-3 at the tournament and 6-17 overall this season. Pitt improved to 9-16 overall, and concluded tournament play with a 1-4 record.
Pitt stole six bases, including three from Sheena Hellon, two from Jessica Dignon and one from Card. In the first inning, the Panthers pulled off a double steal, with Card swiping home. On the very next play, Dignon stole third and ran home after Sacramento State catcher Andrea Sherrill threw the ball into left field.
The Hornets cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the first after Sherrill singled home Kayla Meeks. That was as close as Sacramento State would get the rest of the night as the Panthers scored a run in the third and one more in the fourth. Hellon stole second and third base in the fourth inning and was later singled home.
The Hornets, who left seven runners on base, received two hits from Sherrill. Five other Sacramento State players had at least one hit, including Amy Jo McKenzie who extended her hitting streak to six games.
Pitts’s Kayla Zinger (3-7) picked up the win, allowing one run and seven hits over seven innings. Michele Bochenski (2-4) got the loss, allowing four runs and eight hits in eight innings. Sacramento State freshman Brittani Clifford looked good in relief, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts in three innings.
The Hornets conclude Capital Classic play tomorrow at 9 a.m. against Illinois.