Gators take down sixth in nation in first half of series

SF state Junior, C, Celeste Adriano (12), tags out Junior Chico State Wildcat, Claire Wayne (22) at home play at SF State on March. 13, 2017. (Kyler Knox/Xpress)

SF State women’s softball team took an early 2-0 series lead against nationally-ranked Chico State University during Tuesday’s double-header.

First game pitcher Megan Clark threw a complete game against the sixth ranking Wildcats, holding them to just four hits and one run in a 4-1 win. Clark was just one short pop up away from tucking a complete game shutout under her belt.

The Gators struck early, scoring a total of three runs by the end of the second inning. Chico State was finally able to put points on the board in the fourth, but SF State answered back, eventually handing the Wildcats their second loss of the season.

“We had a lot of three-up-three-down innings and we came out and won so it was great,” Clark said.

The winning didn’t stop there. The Gators continued, handing Chico State their third loss of the season by a score of 2-1 during the second game of the double header.

In the bottom of the first, SF State was able to capitalize on errors and be the first to strike with a pair of runs. Although these were the only runs of the second game for the Gators, they were still able to walk away with the win from a combined effort of strong defense and pitching from pitchers Aryn Guzman and Lindsey Cassidy.

“I think the girls felt really good and they came out and played ball the way that they wanted to and the way that we knew they could,” head coach Lisa McKinney said. “They were relaxed in the box and had great at bats, all of our pitchers did a really good job on the mound and our defense played really well – we didn’t have a single error yesterday.”