Softball sweeps Weber State in doubleheader

State Hornet Staff

Sacramento State softball swept Weber State in a doubleheader, Friday in Ogden, Utah. It was a total effort on both sides for the Hornets in their 11-1 and 4-3 wins.

First game starter, junior pitcher Caitlin Brooks, allowed one run on four hits, while she walked three and struck out five.

The only run Brooks allowed was a solo home run by Weber State’s shortstop Brooke Silva. The home run tied the score at 1-1, but Sac State unleashed seven runs in top of the second inning.

In the second, the Hornets had eight hits, including an RBI double by junior right fielder Paige Martin. With the seven run lead, Sac State never looked back as it would add three more runs in the sixth.

Brooks would close out the bottom of the sixth to give the Hornets a six inning NCAA mercy-rule victory, 11-1.

“It was a complete team effort today in getting both wins,”Perez said. “Especially in the come from behind win in the second game today.”

In the game two, senior pitcher Taylor Stroud struggled early in which Weber State jumped to a 3-0 lead. She gave up an RBI double by Wildcats’ designated player Jasmine Ioane, and a two-run home run by catcher Mylee Davis.

However, after the second inning, Stroud dominated the Weber State lineup only giving up two hits while striking out six. She finished the game allowing only three runs on seven hits and improved her record to 7-6.

“She [Stroud] had a difficult time in the first couple of innings against their batters,” Perez said. “But she battled back great for us today to give us a chance to win.”

The Hornets bounced back with a two RBI double by designated player Kortney Solis in the third inning and a solo home run by Martin and the fifth. With the home run by Martin tied up the game at 3-3.

After reaching safely with a six-pitch walk, junior center fielder Alexa Chattleton’s stole third on a delay steal. One pitch later, Chattleton would score the eventual game winning run on a sacrifice bunt by senior second baseman Yesenia Alcala.

Stroud closed out the game setting down the last four Wildcat batters. With the two wins, Sac State holds its own fate to have a chance to host the Big Sky Conference tournament.

“It was a huge two wins for us today, because it gives us a chance to host the tournament,” Perez said. “It was good to have a game like we did in the second game today heading to the postseason.”

The Hornets record improves to (24-19,12-4) while the Wildcats fall to (20-23, 2-9). The regular season finale for Sac State will be on Saturday against Weber State. First pitch is at noon.