HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Sacramento State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but it was all Portland State the rest of the way as the Vikings defeated the Hornets, 14-3, in a mercy rule shortened game (five innings) on Saturday afternoon at Gordon Faber Field.
Playing under overcast skies with a light rain throughout the game, the Vikings scored nine times in the second inning, and five more in the third to erase a three-run deficit and cruise to the win. Portland State swept the three-game series against Sacramento State after winning both games of a doubleheader yesterday.
It marked the first time the Hornets have been swept in a three-game set by the Vikings since the Big Sky Conference began sponsoring softball in 2013. Sacramento State had been 16-6 vs. the Vikings in Big Sky play entering the series.
After winning its first six Big Sky games of the season, the Hornets have dropped six straight to fall to 12-21 overall and 6-6 in conference play. Portland State has won four straight, and six of its last seven to improve to 10-22 overall and 7-8 in league.
Sacramento State's highlights from today included a two-run homer from Carley Morfey in the first inning, and a Haley Hanson RBI-single in the second. The round tripper for Morfey was her fourth of the season, which is tied for second most on the club.
The Hanson single gave the Hornets a 3-0 lead that Portland State quickly erased with a nine-run bottom of the second. Each of the first eight PSU batters reached base safely and the Vikings finished the inning with nine runs and eight hits, including three-run homers from Emily Johansen and Rachel Menlove.
The Vikings tacked on five more in the third inning. Menlove finished the game with five RBIs, including a two-run single in the third.
The Hornets had eight hits, including two each from Morfey and Alondra Mejia. Hanson, Alexis Parish, Amber Rodriguez and Kailie Hargis also had hits.
Sacramento State used four pitchers in today's game, and Marissa Bertuccio (9-12) took the loss. Marison Gaona (3-0) picked up the win, throwing a pair of innings of relief.
The Hornets will play their final home games next week when they host a three-game series vs. Idaho State on Friday and Saturday. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday at noon, followed by a single game Saturday at noon.
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