Softball sweeps doubleheader against Portland State

State Hornet Staff

Sacramento State softball swept Friday’s doubleheader against Portland State at Shea Stadium, with help from the pitching of junior Caitlin Brooks and senior Taylor Stroud. Both combined to allow two runs on eight hits as they struck out 19 Viking batters.

Sac State won the first game 5-2 and the second game 3-0.

In the first game, Brooks carried a perfect game until the fourth inning, and a no-hitter into the sixth, before Portland State reached safely with a one-out single.

In the fourth inning, Portland State drew a five-pitch walk to break up the perfect game and in the sixth, Brooks was drilled in the ribs by a line drive that gave the Viking its first hit of the game.

“I shouldn’t have left the ball up like that, and I paid for it,” Brooks said. “I just had to buckle down after that hit I gave up.”

She struck out eight of her career-high 13 strikeouts in the first four innings.

The Hornets took advantage of timely hitting in the second and fifth innings.

In the second, Solis stroked a two-out, two-RBI double to left-center that scored junior center fielder Alexa Chattleton and left fielder Nicole Clark.

The Hornets would also score in the fifth inning on an RBI triple by junior shortstop Paige Castro, and an RBI sacrifice fly to center field by senior catcher Paris Prado that scored Castro.

Despite the pitching gem from Brooks, the Vikings scored twice in the top of the sixth from first baseman Brit Hendrickson’s two-RBI double. Brooks finished with 13 strikeouts in the game.

In game two, the Hornets started quickly with a home run by Chattleton to right-center. It was the first of the season for Chattleton. They would add two more runs on two RBI singles by sophomore first baseman Sasha Margulies and freshman third baseman Alexis Martinez in the third inning.

With the lead in hand, Stroud did not let the Vikings advance past second base in seven strong innings of work. Stroud allowed zero runs on six hits and struck out six batters.

In what was probably her last appearance at home, Stroud’s teammates made up their hair in the trademark sideways ponytail to send her off in fashion.

“It was awesome to see my teammates show their respect by doing the sideways ponytail,” Stroud said. “It made my day.”

Sac State (21-18, 9-4) will finish the series as it will take on the Vikings (7-30, 2-11) on Saturday at noon. Saturday will also be senior day for four Hornet players, Castro, Prado, shortstop Yesenia Alcala and Stroud.

“It was a collective effort today to get both wins,” Hornets head coach Lori Perez said.