The Sacramento State softball team split its doubleheader Friday with a win against California State University, Bakersfield and a loss to CSU Northridge.
The Hornets started the day with a victory against CSU Bakersfield by a score of 4-1. The win is Sac State’s fourth of the season and the first after a three-game losing streak that occurred at Shea Stadium over the past week.
After three scoreless innings for both teams, the Roadrunners scored in the top of the fourth inning with a Karsyn Guzman home run to left field. This would be the only run allowed by Hornets’ pitcher Caitlin Brooks.
The senior received her second win of the season pitching a complete game with eight strikeouts and three hits allowed.
Sac State took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning after a Nikki Gialketsis RBI single and an Alexis Martinez bases-loaded walk.
The Hornets added a third run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single from freshman second baseman Zamari Hinton, scoring Paris Prado. One batter later, Shelby Johnston reached base on a fielder’s choice that scored Marissa Maligad, extending the lead to 4-1.
After the win, Sac State found a tough opponent in CSU Northridge. The Hornets were shut out by the Matadors in an 8-0 defeat, which dropped their record to 4-9. This marked the Hornets’ fourth loss in the last five games.
Going into the game, CSU Northridge had a 15-3 overall record and had won eight of its last nine games.
The game ended in five innings due to the mercy rule in the NCAA. The rule allows a team to win if they’re ahead by at least eight runs after five innings.
Freshman pitcher Zoe Conley received her seventh win of the season for the Matadors after the Sac State lineup couldn’t get anything going against her. Conley allowed two hits in four innings.
Hinton and Johnston were the only two Hornets credited with a hit off of Conley.
Hornets’ pitchers Jennifer Hartman and Celina Matthias allowed four earned runs each and a total of nine hits. Hartman and Matthias would also give up one home run each.
Friday was the first day of play in the tournament co-hosted by CSU Northridge and Loyola Marymount University. Play will continue Saturday for the Hornets with a game against College of Charleston. The team is scheduled for a doubleheader on Sunday.
The first game on Sunday will be a rematch against CSU Bakersfield at 9:30 a.m., followed by a contest against Loyola Marymount at noon.
The Hornets defeated Loyola Marymount 4-1 on Feb. 7 in the So Cal Collegiate Classic.