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SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR AT PORTLAND STATE

SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR AT PORTLAND STATE

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Portland State's Katie Schroeder and Olivia Grey both threw shutouts to lead the Vikings to a doubleheader sweep of Sacramento State on Friday afternoon at Gordon Faber Field. The Vikings won the first game, 3-0, before taking the nightcap, 8-0 in five innings.

Sacramento State, which combined for four hits over the two games, dropped to 12-20 overall and 6-5 in the Big Sky Conference. Portland State, which honored its seniors before today's games, improved to 9-22 overall and 6-8 in league play. The Hornets have now dropped five straight after beginning the conference season with six straight victories.

GAME 1

• Schroeder (1-6) allowed just three hits (two singles and a double) while walking none and striking out five over seven innings. She picked up her first win of the season, and allowed just two base runners into scoring position all afternoon.

• The Hornets had opportunities to score in the fourth and fifth innings. Haley Hanson led off the fourth with a double, and was sacrificed to third for the first out of the inning. However, the Hornets could not push her home. In the fifth, with two outs, Portland State committed back-to-back errors to put runners at first and second but Schroeder escaped the jam.

Marissa Bertuccio (9-11) went the distance in the loss, allowing three runs and eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over six innings. The Vikings scored their runs on a solo homer from Tayler Gunesch in the second, and a two-out, two-run double by pinch hitter Paetynn Lopez in the sixth. Bertuccio has issued just one walk in her last 38.1 innings pitched.

• The Hornets received their hits from Hanson, Alondra Mejia and Alexis Parish. The hit for Mejia extended her hitting streak to a career-best seven games. That streak, however, came to an end in the nightcap.

GAME 2

• Grey and Hornet starter Kelsey Alcantara were cruising along through three innings before Sacramento State's defense had an inning to forget in the fourth. Portland State took advantage of four Hornet errors to score five runs in the fourth. The inning started with a botched ground ball, and a dropped fly ball, and the Vikings would eventually get a two-out, two-run single from Alexa Cepeda. The bases were loaded on Cepeda's bloop single to center field and a pair of errors on the same play would allow all four runs to score.
• The Vikings added three more in the fifth inning to enforce the eight-run mercy rule.

• Grey (4-6) allowed just one hit with one walk and four strikeouts to get the win. The one hit allowed was a second inning single from Rylee Gresham.

• Alcantara (2-2) got the loss for the Hornets, allowing seven hits and five runs (all unearned) in 3.2 innings. Alyssa Nunez worked two-thirds of an inning in relief.

• The Hornets used 16 players in the game.