No. 3 Softball Opens Series with Sweep of Toros

March 25, 2016

CARSON, Calif. – No. 3-ranked Humboldt State softball collected its eighth and ninth straight wins as it swept its series-opening twinbill versus Cal State Dominguez Hill Friday.

“We got another two good wins today,” said Head Coach Shelli Sarchett. “Our offense started to come alive, and we got the big hits when needed. Katie, Maddie and Robin all threw well today and were able to limited scoring opportunities.”

The Lumberjacks improved to 22-2-1 overall and 17-1 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action.

HSU wraps the four-game series with Dominguez Hills Saturday. First pitch for the first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 11 a.m.

(Humboldt State 8, Cal State Dominguez Hills 1)

Three runs in the top of the first and second innings helped the Jacks easily dismiss the Toros in game one.

Tiffany Hollingsworth notched her team-leading sixth home run of the season to score two, and Kalyn Paque hit an RBI double in the first inning. Paque got the start in right field after hitting a pair of home runs in the series finale versus Cal State San Bernardino last Saturday.

HSU had just two hits in the second, but were aided by a throwing error, a bases-loaded hit by pitch and a passed ball. A Hollingsworth RBI single into left was the highlight of the three-run inning.

The Green and Gold added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth, but were unable to get the eight-run lead necessary for the mercy rule. Paque, Sydney Roberts and Cyndi Chavez each recorded hits in the inning.

Katie Obbema gave up one run on three hits in the first and held the Toros hitless over the next 3.1 innings of work. She recorded seven strikeouts and earned her 10th win of the season.

(Humboldt State 5, Cal State Dominguez Hills 0)

Hollingsworth continued her outstanding day at the plate in the nightcap. She pounded a two-out, two-run double to right field in the third inning to start things for HSU. She finished the game with a team-high three hits.

The Jacks put three more runs on the board in the final four frames, and junior Madison Williams kept the lead safe. Williams surrendered just three hits and fanned nine in the complete game shutout. She improved her record to a perfect 11-0.

HSU finished the game with eight stolen bases, one shy of matching the CCAA single-game record set by former member Cal State Northridge versus Chico State in 1988. Halle Williams swiped a career-high three bases and Kalyn Paque added two.


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