DAVIS, Calif. – The Sacramento State baseball team posted 20 hits, eight for extra bases, and recorded its second shutout in the last four games as the Hornets defeated rival UC Davis, 14-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
The Hornets (7-5) won for the fifth time in six games after tallying 14 runs on 20 hits with no errors. The Aggies (6-7), who took 3-of-4 from Washington and defeated San Jose State 22-4 earlier this year, scored no runs on five hits with two errors. The Hornets' 20 hits were their most since recording 22 against Albany on March 31, 2010.
Sacramento State starting pitcher RHP Hunter Greenwood (1-0) earned the win after tossing five scoreless innings with just one hit allowed. The Hornets had four pitchers combine for their second shutout in the last four games. Sacramento State pitching has issued just one walk in the last three games. The Hornets went 25 innings straight without a walk since the eighth inning of Friday's game against Utah Valley before the Aggies earned a free base on Tuesday in the sixth.
UC Davis starter RHP Alex Sachs (0-1) took the loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits in two innings.
The Hornets jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Left fielder Justin Higley led off with a double down the left field line and came home to score on third baseman Will Soto's two-out double to left.
Sacramento State tacked on two more runs in the second inning. Designated hitter Chris Lewis led off with a single to left and scored on shortstop Scotty Burcham's two-out double to left center. In the next at-bat, Higley brought Burcham home with a single through the right side.
The Hornets broke open the game in a big way with a six-run third, their highest scoring inning of the season. Center fielder David Del Grande doubled to left center to start the third and moved to third on first baseman Rhys Hoskins' single to right. Soto smacked a single to left center to bring home Del Grande and move Hoskins to third. Second baseman Andrew Ayers posted the fourth consecutive hit of the inning with a single to left to score Hoskins and push Soto up to third.
After the Aggies tallied the first out of the third, outfielder Nathan Lukes dropped down a bunt single to score Soto from third for the third run of the inning. The Hornets scored another run on a catcher's interference call and the final two runs of the third scored after an error by the right fielder allowed Burcham, who reached on a bunt single, and Lukes to come home.
The Hornets were held scoreless until they exploded for another five runs in the top of the fifth. Ayers hit a RBI single after Hoskins singled and Soto reached via walk. Jason Hampton came in to pinch hit and smoked a two-RBI single up the middle to drive in Ayers and Soto. Lukes, a freshman from Antelope, Calif., followed Hampton's single with his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot to right field. The Hornets have outscored opponents 18-3 over the final two innings through 12 games this year and Sacramento State has posted 14 extra base hits over its last two games.
The Hornets will be back in action at 2 p.m. on Friday when they open a three-game series against Cal State Northridge.