SACRAMENTO, Calif. – San Francisco scored in each of the first three innings to take an early 4-0 lead and extended to 8-0 in the sixth en route to a 9-1 win over Sacramento State on Saturday at John Smith Field.
San Francisco (4-5) jumped on Hornet starter Ty Nichols early with a run in the first inning, a solo homerun by Bob Cruikshank and an RBI single in the second inning, and a run off three hits in the third inning. Sacramento State (5-5) did have four hits through the first three innings but cold not push a run across against USF starter Abe Bobb.
The Dons scored a fifth run in the fifth inning to chase Nichols, and in the sixth inning USF scored on an RBI groundout ahead of a 2-run homerun by junior Bradley Zimmer to move to an 8-0 lead.
The lone Hornet run came in the fifth as senior Scott Loper hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a sacrifice fly from senior David Del Grande. The Dons added a ninth run in the ninth inning to finish off the win.
Nichols was tagged for five earned runs off 11 hits with two strikeouts over five innings after throwing seven shutout innings last Friday at No. 21 Texas A&M. Bobb lasted eight innings and allowed just the one run on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Loper and sophomore Dane Fujinaka led the Hornets with two hits apiece as the team totaled nine hits and two walks but left eight men on base. Zimmer was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and four runs scored and junior Derek Atkinson was also 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead a 15-hit Don attack.
The Hornets and Dons will play a double-header in San Francisco on Sunday with the first game to start at 11 a.m.