Hornets drop doubleheader to University of Nevada, Reno

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Alexa Chattleton returns a single to the infield to stop the play during the Hornets’ match against U.C. Davis. 

State Hornet Staff

Sacramento State softball dropped both games in a doubleheader against the University of Nevada, Reno Wednesday in Reno, Nev.

The Wolfpack managed to outscore the Hornets 13-2 in both games. Sac State was mercied in the first game 9-0 and lost the second game 4-2. The Hornets have lost six straight games since last Saturday at the Mustang Softball Classic in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

In the first game, Sac State’s senior pitcher Taylor Stroud was shelled giving up nine runs on 10 hits, three of which were RBI doubles. The big inning that broke the game open for Nevada was the second, where it scored six of its nine runs.

The Wolfpack’s catcher Ashley Butera drove in three of the six runs when she doubled to center field over the head of Hornets freshman center fielder Shelby Johnston.

Nevada’s pitcher Karlyn Jones silenced the top of the Hornets lineup. The first three batters, junior left fielder Alexa Chattleton, Johnston and sophomore designated player Kortney Solis combined to go 1-for-6. Chattleton and Johnston struck out a combined five times.

“The coaching staff had a good game plan with their pitcher to attack our hitters and we were not able to adjust to it in the first game,” said Hornet softball head coach Lori Perez.

Nevada would add three runs in the third enforcing the mercy rule after holding them scoreless through five innings.

In game two, Sac State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning when the Hornets performed a double steal, a wild pitch and a score off of an error, all in consecutive plays.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, the lead did not last long as Nevada scored four runs just two innings later. Sophomore pitcher Jennifer Hartman walked five batters and gave up one hit in the fourth.

“It was a combination of the calls not going her way and some mechanical issues she has to work on,” Perez said.

Hartman pitched four innings, allowing four earned runs on two hits and striking out two Wolfpack batters. Fellow sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Yerby appeared in two innings of scoreless relief for Hartman.

Perez said after Wednesday’s games, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to be ready for next week’s slate of games.

Sac State will come back home to start an eight game home stand starting with Cal State Bakersfield in a doubleheader on March 15 at noon.

Clifton can be reached on Twitter at @jonesSHsports