Softball drops first game in double-elimination Big Sky tournament 4-3 to Weber State

Giuliana Grana

Sacramento State softball fell to Weber State University by a final of 4-3 in the first round of the double-elimination Big Sky Conference Softball Championship today.

The game began Thursday afternoon, but due to lightning, they had to suspend the game until this morning at 9 a.m. The game was delayed in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Hornets’ catcher Kortney Solis at bat and Sasha Margulies at second after hitting a double to left field with one out in the inning, and Sac State trailing 4-2.

The Hornets took the lead in the first inning after Margulies had an RBI groundout, scoring Paige Martin. The lead didn’t last long, as Weber State made a comeback in the top of the second inning scoring all four of their runs for the game.

The runs came from a two-RBI home run from Krystin Kubo, and a triple from Malia Campos. Two of the runs were unearned.

The Hornets were able to cut the deficit in the bottom of the second inning after Alexis Martinez hit a home run, leaving Sac State down by two.

Caitlin Brooks started on the mound for Sac State pitching a total of five innings. She gave up four runs and four hits for the game, only allowing one hit after the second inning.

Cel­ina Matthias relieved Brooks in the fifth inning, and she pitched the rest of the game, only giving up one hit.

Sac State did not have much of an offense in the third and fourth inning with no hits at all. Each out in these innings came as a strikeout or flyout.

In the bottom of the fifth they were able to get on base with the double from Margulies. Nicole Clark was out at first on a bunt, but was able to successfully move Margulies to third and Paris Prado to second after she pinch-ran for Solis. The bottom of the fifth ended after Martinez flied out, leaving two runners on base.

With Matthias pitching, the Hornets were able to keep the scoring deficit from expanding.

Sac State tried to make a comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning after Martin hit a solo home run down the left field line to make the score 4-3 with two outs. Zamari Hinton grounded out after Martin and that ended the inning.

The game was left at 4-3 after Sac State was not able to surpass Weber State in the bottom of the seventh inning.

This ended Sac State’s four-game winning streak, as they take on No. 4 seed Southern Utah University this afternoon. If they beat Southern Utah, the Hornets will face first seed Idaho State University in another elimination game. If they lose however, their season will end. The winner of the double-elimination tournament will automatically be granted into the NCAA Regionals.