Softball loses late in home opener against Pacific

Clifton Jones

Sacramento State softball sophomore pitcher Caitlin Brooks did everything she could yesterday in order for her team to win. However, athletes get tired and tend to make mistakes.

Brooks pitched a complete game, striking out seven batters – but she gave up three runs in the seventh inning as Sac State lost at home to Pacific, 3-0.

After the loss, the Hornets fell to 3-3 in the season.

“After seven innings they saw all my pitches and finally was able to hit a few of my pitches,” Brooks said.

Despite the loss, Hornets’ head coach Kathy Strahan said it was great to see how well the team played as whole together in yesterday’s game. 

“I was excited that we had so many runners on base,” Strahan said. “Our defense was great and Caitlin (Brooks) pitched really well.”

The Hornets left nine runners on base during the game and left the bases full during the first and second innings. 

Strahan said her team’s offense was there but would like to see the team take advantage of those chances.

“We have to get our runners in and quit leaving our runners on base,” Strahan said.

Junior infielder Yesenia Alcala went 2-3 with a walk and a sacrifice hit and both times she was left on base. 

“We played really well, but our bats didn’t come out in the early part of the game,” Alcala said.

Sac State looks to improve on all aspects of the game – especially hitting. Alcala said once the hitting gets going, everything will fall into place.

Strahan said that the Tigers’ ability to hit when it mattered was the difference in the game.

Sac State Hornets play again a double header at Saint Mary’s on Saturday at 12 p.m.


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