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SOFTBALL COMPLETES SWEEP OF SOUTHERN UTAH, WILL BE 2 SEED AT BIG SKY TOURNEY

SOFTBALL COMPLETES SWEEP OF SOUTHERN UTAH, WILL BE 2 SEED AT BIG SKY TOURNEY

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SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State's Lewa Day hit an inside the park home run and Marissa Bertuccio threw five shutout innings of relief as the Hornets beat Southern Utah, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The victory completed a three-game sweep of the Thunderbirds, which included a doubleheader yesterday.

Sacramento State concludes the regular season with a 28-23 overall record and 12-6 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets finished in a tie for second place with Portland State, but Sacramento State will get the No. 2 seed via tiebreaker and receive a first round bye in next week's Big Sky Tournament in Ogden, Utah.

The Hornets will open the double elimination tournament on Wednesday at 4 p.m. PDT when they play the winner of No. 3 Portland State/No. 6 Montana. The Vikings and Grizzlies will play earlier in the day at 11 a.m. PDT.

The 12 Big Sky wins are the most for Sacramento State since the 2018 team had 14 conference victories. The Hornets won five of their six Big Sky series this season, with the only blemish coming against Weber State which will be the No. 1 seed and tournament host next week.

In a day where seniors Alondra Mejia and Alyssa Nunez were honored prior to the game, Sacramento State concluded its regular season with a 15-5 record at home, including 8-1 vs. conference opposition.

Nunez (2.0 ip) and Marissa Bertuccio (5.0 ip) combined to allow Southern Utah just one run and three hits over seven innings. Bertuccio (19-9) threw a no-hitter against Southern Utah yesterday, and allowed the Thunderbirds a combined zero runs and two hits with 20 strikeouts over 12 innings. Next week, Bertuccio will attempt to become just the sixth Sacramento State pitcher in the Div. I era (1990-pres.) to notch 20 wins in a season.

Sacramento State scored once in both the first and third innings, four in the fourth, and two more in the sixth. The highlight of the scoring was Day's inside the park homer, a towering shot to left-center that hit the wall and bounced around the warning track. It was her 14th homer of the season, tying her single-season career high (set last season).

One day after connecting for a grand slam, Carley Morfey had another big afternoon, finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs. That included an RBI in three different innings as she drove in runs in the third, fourth and sixth frames. She finished the series 6-for-10 with eight RBIs.

The Hornets had 11 hits in the game, and seven different players had knocks. That included multi-hit games from Morfey, Day (2-for-2 with a walk) and Samantha Parish (2-for-3 with two runs and a double). Lexie Webb finished 1-for-2 with a run, two walks, a double and an RBI.

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