Hornets' offense too much for Softball in tournament opener
MORAGA, Calif. -- The Northern Colorado softball program dropped its first game of the PCSC Crossover Tournament 9-2 to Sacramento State on Friday afternoon.
The Bears' (8-4) undoing came in the second, third and fourth innings when the Hornets posted five runs to build an advantage that proved too much to overcome.
The rough stretch began in the second inning, where the Hornets scored the game's opening run. But in the third inning, Sacramento State knocked Northern Colorado starter Mikayla Duffy out of the game after notching two more runs.
Duffy finished her day with 2.1 innings of work while giving up three runs on five hits and a walk. She recorded a strikeout as well.
Finding themselves down 3-0 in the third inning, the Bears mustered their only offense of the day -- scoring two runs in the frame. The scoring surge was led by Lindsey Smith, who cracked a two-run single to right field that scored Erin Geddis and Melissa Marcovecchio. The two RBI brought Smith's total to a team-high 15 on the season.
With the Bears still within striking distance at 5-2 after the fifth inning, the Hornets blew the game open in the sixth with a four-run frame. All four runs came against Cheney, who wrapped up her outing with 2.2 innings of work and four runs on six hits.
The PCSC Crossover Tournament, which gives the Bears a unique chance to play fellow PCSC foes in a non-conference setting, continues on Saturday. Northern Colorado will take on St. Mary's and Santa Clara at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively.