Hornets softball shut out by Cal

State Hornet Staff

The bats of Sacramento State softball were silent as it was issued a NCAA mercy-rule in six innings by UC Berkeley on Wednesday in Berkeley, Calif. Cal’s freshman pitcher Stephanie Trzcinski held the Hornets to only four hits, two walks and had 11 strikeouts in the 8-0 win.

Trzcinski did not allow a single hit until the fourth inning, when freshman designated player Alexis Martinez reached safely on an infield single. Martinez was followed up by junior shortstop Paige Castro’s bunt single, but the rally would stop there as sophomore third baseman Alyssa Vanderdrink and senior second baseman Yesenia Alcala both struck out swinging.

In the second inning, the Bears figured out Sac State’s sophomore pitcher Jennifer Hartman. A two RBI double by Cal’s Jordan Wallace gave the Bears a 2-0 lead.

Hartman would give up a home run to start the third inning before allowing three more runs to score, as Cal extended its lead to 6-0. The Bears would add a run each in the fifth and sixth innings to cap off the win.

Hartman was shelled in five innings of work, allowing seven runs to score on seven hits. Her control was off as she walked six batters. Sophomore Kaitlyn Yerby would pitch two-thirds of an inning before Cal reached eight runs to win the game.

With the loss, the Hornets fall to 22-19 but still remain 10-4 in Big Sky Conference play.

Sac State will travel to Ogden, Utah to play against Weber State in its final regular season conference series on Friday and Saturday. The doubleheader on Friday will start at noon.