SACRAMENTO -- Despite a three-run homer from Alondra Mejia and five perfect innings of relief pitching from Alyssa Nunez, Sacramento State fell at home to Idaho State, 5-3, on Senior Day at Shea Stadium.
Today marked the final home game of the season, and Sacramento State seniors Charizma Guzman, Kailie Hargis and Katie Vretzos were honored in a pregame ceremony. The Hornets, who have already clinched a spot in the Big Sky Conference Tournament, will play three road games next week at Southern Utah before the postseason tournament gets under way in Ogden, Utah, on May 13.
Idaho State took two of three in the series, as the two teams split a doubleheader yesterday. Sacramento State moved its record to 13-23 overall and 7-8 in the Big Sky. The top six teams in the Big Sky qualify for the conference tournament, and there are currently five teams within 1.5 games of each other in the conference standings. Weber State (13-2) has already clinched the conference's regular season title while Southern Utah (8-7), Northern Colorado (8-7), Sacramento State (7-8), Montana (7-8) and Portland State (8-10) all jockey for seeding in the Big Sky Tournament. The top two teams receive a first round bye.
• All eight runs in today's game were scored in the first inning. Idaho State scored five times in the top of the first before the Hornets bounced right back in the bottom half with three runs.
• All three Hornet runs came on Alondra Mejia's two-out, three-run homer scoring both Lewa Day and Carley Morfey. The home was the fifth of the season for Mejia, and the junior drove the ball the opposite way over the left-center field fence. Mejia would finish the day 2-for-3 with the homer and three RBIs.
• After Marissa Bertuccio worked the first two innings for Sacramento State, junior Alyssa Nunez was untouchable the final five innings in relief. The right-hander retired all 15 batters she faced, with two strikeouts and 10 groundouts. She needed just 51 pitches to complete the five innings.
• Sacramento State left six runners aboard, including at least one runner in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Hornets got the leadoff runner on base in the seventh, but a double play wiped out the rally.
• Both Mejia and Morfey (2-for-3) had multiple-hit games while Haley Hanson and Alexis Parish had the other Sacramento State hits. The Parish hit was a leadoff double to the center field wall in the fourth inning.
• Idaho State starter Emma McMurray allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings. She was the winning pitcher in both Idaho State victories.
• The Hornets' three games at Southern Utah next week: Friday doubleheader at noon PT, and Saturday game at 11 a.m. PT.
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