SOFTBALL FALLS TO IDAHO STATE, 5-2, IN PCSC CROSSOVER PLAY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Idaho State’s Kandis Clesson allowed just two runs and five hits over seven innings and Terah Blackwell hit a two-run homer to lead the Bengals to a 5-2 win over Sacramento State in the second round of the PCSC Crossover Tournament Sunday morning at Shea Stadium.
With the loss, the Hornets conclude the two-day tournament with a 1-1 record, including yesterday’s win over Weber State. The tournament was supposed to last three days and Sacramento State was scheduled to play four games, but that changed after Friday’s tournament schedule was wiped out because of rain.
The Hornets dropped to 2-7 on the young season while Idaho State improved to 2-6.
Clesson (2-3) went the distance while picking up her second win of the season. She allowed just one walk while striking out four. One of the two runs she allowed was unearned, and all five hits allowed were singles.
Idaho State scored twice in the first inning after Blackwell’s opposite-field home run drove in Desirae Hoffman who had tripled earlier in the inning. Sacramento State cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second inning after a pair of Bengal errors allowed Marissa Navarro to score.
Idaho State increased its lead to 4-1 after a two-out single from Erin Olander drove in a pair of runs. The Hornets threatened in the bottom of the sixth after mounting a two-out rally that culminated in an RBI-single from freshman Devin Caldwell which scored freshman Shannon Kaufman from third base. The Hornets had the bases loaded after the run scored, but Clesson got out of the inning after getting sophomore Molly Smith to line out to first base.
The Hornets got a runner to third base in the seventh, but never threatened to get any closer as Clesson got a pop-up to end the game.
Junior Shelby Voelz (0-1) took the loss for Sacramento State, allowing four runs and five hits with six strikeouts over 4.2 innings. Freshman Taylor Stroud came on in relief, allowing three hits and a run in 2.1 innings.
Kaufman went 2-for-3 with a run, and was the only Hornet with a multiple-hit game.
Sacramento State is idle the next nine days until hosting Pacific in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.