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OGDEN, Utah -- With Sacramento State down to its final two outs of the season, sophomore Lewa Day cranked a two-run homer in the seventh inning to eventually defeat Weber State, 4-3, on the second day of the Big Sky Conference Softball Tournament Friday morning at Wildcat Field.
The Hornets, who lost yesterday to begin the double elimination event, were staring at elimination trailing, 3-2, in the seventh inning to top seed and tournament host Weber State. With one out, Charizma Guzman reached via error, and Day followed by working the count full before unleashing a two-run shot over the right-center field fence. The home run gave the Hornets a 4-3 lead, and reliever Alyssa Nunez set down the Wildcat side in order in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.
The victory eliminated tournament favorite Weber State (25-19), which won the Big Sky's regular season championship with a 15-3 league record. The Wildcats lost yesterday to No. 5 seed Portland State in the first round of the tournament. Sacramento State, the No. 3 seed, dropped its first round game yesterday to No. 6 Montana. The Hornets still have to win four more games to capture the tournament crown (and get the conference's automatic NCAA berth), which will include one more game today and three tomorrow. A loss in any of those games, and the season comes to an end.
Sacramento State will play later today at 4 p.m. PT against either #4 seed Northern Colorado or Montana.
Weber State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in today's game, scoring once in the first and twice more in the second against Hornet starter Marissa Bertuccio. However, the Hornets kept chipping away at the deficit, scoring once in the third and fifth innings, and twice more in the seventh.
Almost lost in the Day heroics was the brilliance of junior right-hander Alyssa Nunez, who tossed five innings of shutout relief. Not only did she keep Weber State at three runs, she also escaped a one-out, bases loaded jam in the sixth. Nunez (3-3) got the win, allowing just five hits in those five innings.
Sacramento State picked up its first run in the third on a bases loaded walk to Alondra Mejia, and tacked on another in the fifth on a two-out, RBI-single from Carley Morfey scoring Guzman. That set up the seventh inning, and Day coming through with Sacramento State's biggest hit of the season.
The Hornets finished with seven hits, which included Day going 2-for-4 with the homer and two RBIs. For Day, the home run was her 14th of the season, the third best mark in Sacramento State single-season history. Morfey, Guzman, Haley Hanson, Samantha Parish and Katie Vretzos also had hits. Guzman scored two of the team's four runs.
Amanda Sink went the distance for Weber State in the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) and seven hits over seven innings. Amazingly, between the two teams, there were zero strikeouts in the game.
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