SOFTBALL LEAVES NINE RUNNERS ON BASE IN 3-0 LOSS TO CAL POLY
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Despite outhitting Cal Poly, 8-5, and getting the leadoff hitter aboard in all but two innings, Sacramento State was blanked by the Mustangs, 3-0, in the third round of the Mustang Softball Classic Saturday morning at Bob Janssen Field.
As was the case in yesterday’s 3-2 loss to Cal Poly in the first round of the tournament, the Hornets had trouble pushing runs across despite constant activity on the base paths. Sacramento State has left a combined 18 runners on base in both losses to Cal Poly (nine today, and nine yesterday).
In today’s game, Sacramento State left at least one runner on base in every inning but the third, and had trouble scoring despite consistently getting the leadoff hitter on base. Cal Poly starter Anna Cahn (4-3) worked her way out of jams to finish with an eight-hit shutout. Sacramento State had 17 at-bats with runners on base, but managed just three hits in those situations.
With the loss, the Hornets (5-15) dropped to 1-2 at the three-day, five-game tournament and will return later this evening for a game against Iowa State at 5 p.m. Sacramento State began the tournament yesterday by falling to Cal Poly and defeating UC Santa Barbara. Cal Poly improved to 7-7 overall and 2-1 at the tournament.
The Mustangs opened the scoring in the second inning after Dana Perez singled home Krysten Cary with two outs. Cal Poly tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth inning on back-to-back two-out, RBI-hits from Sara Kryza and Stephanie Correia.
Sacramento State starter Megan Schaefer (3-3) took the loss, allowing five hits and three runs over six innings. The Hornets received multiple-hit games from Erin Jones (2-for-3), Emily McCormick (2-for-3 with a double) and Alyssa Nakken (2-for-3). For the fifth straight game, Sacramento State was playing without its starting shortstop Desiree Beltran (ankle) who is batting .462 this season.
After Sacramento State’s game this evening, the Hornets conclude tournament play tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.