HAYWARD, Calif. – Junior Izmena Cabrera had two hits and a team-best four RBIs to lead Sacramento State to an 8-0 victory over Providence in the fourth round of the Bronco Softball Stampede Saturday afternoon at the Oliver Sports Complex.
With the victory, Sacramento State improved to 4-0 at the tournament and 9-5 overall this season. None of the four Hornet games during the three-day, five-game tournament have been close, as Sacramento State has combined to outscore its opposition, 35-4. That includes victories over Youngstown State (8-0), Boston College (14-3), North Dakota State (5-1) and Providence (8-0). Sacramento State wraps up the tournament tomorrow morning against Boston College at 10 a.m.
This afternoon, Hornet pitchers Megan Schaefer and Brittani Clifford combined to allow no runs and just four hits with six strikeouts. Schaefer (1-1) got the win, going the first four innings, allowing four hits. Clifford picked up her second save of the season, allowing just two walks and no hits over three innings.
Cabrera got the Hornets on the board in the first inning, with a two-run homer that cleared the right field wall. The home run was her third of the season for the transfer from the College of Charleston. Sacramento State added one more in third on Whitney Loomis’ team-high tying fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to right-center.
After tacking on one more run in the sixth (Amanda Meyer RBI-single), the Hornets blew things open with a four-run seventh inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Cabrera and an RBI-double from Meyer.
The Hornets had 12 hits in the game, including two each from Cabrera, Sherry Clark and Meyer.
Jennifer Maccio (1-3) got the loss for Providence, allowing 12 hits and eight runs (five earned) in 6.2 innings.