Hornets take series sweep against Portland State on senior day

State Hornet Staff

Three seniors and one junior left Shea Stadium with their heads lifted high as Sacramento State softball completed its three-game sweep over Portland State on Saturday. In front of 222 fans, seniors, pitcher Taylor Stroud, catcher Paris Prado and second baseman Yesenia Alcala as well as junior shortstop Paige Castro, suited up at home for the last time.

The Hornets beat the Vikings 3-2. Freshman third baseman Alexis Martinez broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning when she lined a hit into the right-center gap that scored junior right fielder Paige Martin.

Castro, who will not be coming back because of a class requirement in the spring semester to complete her photography major in order to graduate next spring, said it was nice to leave Shea Stadium with the sweep.

“Today’s win, and a sweep to end the senior weekend, was awesome to be apart of with these girls,” Castro said. “This has been the best season ever for me and I am glad we did it the way we did.”

Hornets head coach Lori Perez said that Saturday was a very special day for her.

“I am glad to see these girls go out the way they did,” Perez said.

Martin started Sac State on the right foot with a triple to left-center, and she would later score on a sacrifice fly from sophomore designated player Kortney Solis.

The Hornets expanded its lead in the fourth inning with a solo shot by Martin to give Sac State a 2-0 lead.

“I knew coming into the at-bat I just had to put the bat on the ball and put it into play,” Martin said. “I’m glad that my home run helped us sweep the Vikings and send our seniors with their head held high.”

Martin finished the day 2-for-2 with a home run, a triple, one RBI and three runs scored.

However, Portland State would make the game interesting as it mounted a comeback in the top of the sixth with a two-run double by first baseman Brit Hendrickson.

The Vikings threatened to score more runs in the inning, before Hendrickson was called out for leaving early, the resulting action ended the inning for Brooks.

In the top of the seventh, Brooks silenced the bats of Portland State with two fly outs and her eighth strikeout of the game to ensure the victory.

Sac State will take on UC Berkeley in a make-up game on Wednesday in Berkeley before finishing the Big Sky Conference regular season on April 25-26 against Weber State in Ogden, Utah. The first pitch against Cal will be at 4:30 p.m.