May 14, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. – Kyle Moses had three hits, including the second of back-to-back RBI doubles in the fifth inning to back Zach Morgan's strong start and help Sacramento State to a 3-1 win at Pacific on Tuesday night.
The Hornets improved to 33-20 overall and are now 11-2 in midweek games. The Tigers fell to 13-34.
Morgan earned his sixth win of the season (6-2) after lasting 8.1 innings and allowing a run on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Freshman Sutter McLoughlin entered with runners on first and second with one out and proceeded to strike out his first batter before getting a flyout to end the game for his 17th save.
The Hornets scored first with a run in the second inning. Andrew Ayers reached on a hard hit ball to third which was ruled an error and moved to third on a single from Justin Higley. He later scored on a sacrifice fly from Will Soto to center.
That score held until the fifth inning where Scotty Burcham began a two-out rally with a bunt single up the third base line. Dane Fujinaka doubled down the left filed line to score Burcham from first and Moses hit a nearly identical ball to plate Fujinaka.
Pacific threatened in several innings but the Hornets converted three double plays to escape trouble. Sacramento State also had its chances to pull away, loading the bases with no outs in the seventh, before not scoring a run.
Morgan nearly recorded the team's first complete game of the season. The senior took the mound in the ninth but allowed a single up the middle and walk. Taylor Murphy then blooped a ball into shallow center field where David Del Grande was able to throw out the runner at second base. Another grounder up the middle drove in the Tigers' only run of the game and ended Morgan's night.
Moses continued his hot hitting over the last seven games. The sophomore has hit safely in every game and is now 13-for-28 (.481) during that stretch. Ayers also had a pair of hits.
Sacramento State will close its regular season with a three-game series against UT Arlington beginning on Thursday at John Smith Field. The first two games of the series will start at 3 p.m.