Gators fall to Lumberjacks in series

SF State women’s softball team dropped their series against number one-ranked Humboldt State University after back-to-back losses today.

In game one of the Saturday double-header Gator pitcher Megan Clark allowed four hits and two runs during a complete game.

Both the Gators and Lumberjacks remained quiet through the first inning. However, the bottom of the second found Humboldt up on the board 0-2, a score that remained unchanged for the remainder of the game.

Although the Gators recorded four hits of their own, it wasn’t enough to pull out a win.

“We struggled a lot in the first game,” second baseman Madison Collins said. “We just jumped on them any chance that we could and got them really mad through the chaos…we just attacked when we could.”

The second game saw both teams heating up their bats to place more hits on the board.

Gator pitcher Lindsey Cassidy allowed 11 hits and five runs through six innings, but the women were able to produce eight hits and three runs before the end of the game.

Both teams tied at 0-0 until the top of the third, where Collins and right fielder Aryn Guzman drove in two runs to strike first. Humboldt answered back with three runs of their own due to three RBIs.

Bottom of the fourth shortstop Kasie Trezona drove in the final run of the day for SF State, tying the game at 3-3.

In the fifth inning,Humboldt would found themselves taking the lead once again with a homerun to left field followed by an RBI single, eventually ending the game 3-5.

“I thought we were seeing the second pitcher really good,” center fielder Alexis Mattos said. “We had some rough moments but I think we picked it up a lot, and as long as we do that we are pretty good.”

Although they lost the series, head coach Lisa McKinney said she was still proud of her team and was able to see the women adjusting in the box during the game, which is a plus for the future.

“We made some good adjustments and we worked really well as an offense and a defense today and that was a nice thing to see, especially against a very high quality team,” McKinney said.

McKinney believes that the girls excelled in being able to execute plans they had before stepping into the box contributing to the numerous hits through the games.

“They knew from yesterday what they were going to see so they went into the box already with a plan, and I thought they capitalized on that well and were swinging at what they were looking for and did a really good job on that,” McKinney said. “I’m really proud of the team overall.”

The Gators will be traveling to San Diego with a 2-6 conference record to face UC San Diego next Friday and Saturday for a four-game series.

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