RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Sacramento State was held to just one run on five hits in an 8-1 loss Saturday against West Virginia in Riverside.
The Hornets (7-8) had to face an opponent ace for the second consecutive day after facing top UC Riverside starter Jacob Smigelski on Friday. West Virginia (6-4) was playing its first of three games over the weekend and sent ace junior lefthander Harrison Musgrave to the hill on Saturday afternoon.
Musgrave was nearly unhittable, throwing six scoreless innings while allowing just three hits with no walks and six strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the season. With a 5-0 lead West Virginia pulled Musgrave after throwing just 76 pitches through six innings.
Hornet junior Brennan Leitao set down the Mountaineers in order in the first but ran into trouble in the second innings, giving up a leadoff homerun and a pair of RBI doubles as West Virginia struck for three runs in the inning. Leitao was tagged for two more runs in the fifth as the Mountaineers opened the inning single, walk, RBI single, and RBI groundout.
Leitao departed after six innings and in the seventh senior Hunter Greenwood got two quick outs before a Mountaineer reached on a Hornet fielding error. West Virginia took advantage of the extra out as the next five batters all reached base and the squad tallied three unearned runs to go up 8-0.
Sacramento State loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh and pushed one run across as senior Clay Cederquist drove home junior Rhys Hoskins with an RBI groundout. West Virginia got out of the inning without further damage and finished an 8-1 win.
Leitao allowed five earned runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three. Catcher Dane Fujinaka went 2-for-2 with a double to lead the Hornets offensively while West Virginia third baseman Justin Fox went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead an 11-hit Mountaineer attack.
Sacramento State will look to get back on track at 1 p.m. Sunday at UC Riverside with freshman Jared Paderez making the start after allowing just one run through five innings in his last outing at San Francisco.