DAVIS, Calif. – Sacramento State fought back after UC Davis took an early 7-0 lead but the Hornets came up short in an 8-2 loss to their Causeway rival on Tuesday in Davis.
UC Davis (13-25) extended its season-best winning streak to four games while beating the Hornets in Davis for the first time since February 20, 2011. Sacramento State (25-19) had won five straight meetings with the Aggies in Davis and had won 10 of the last 11 games overall between the teams.
Sacramento State and UC Davis will meet again in Sacramento at John Smith Field next Tuesday at 3 p.m. It will be the last competition between the rival schools for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Aggies got a runner in scoring position with a single and error in the second inning and pushed across the first run of the game. UC Davis batted around in the third inning, scoring four times on four hits, a walk, and a hit batter. In the fourth inning UC Davis got a leadoff single from Brad Pluschkell and leadoff hitter Tanner Bily followed with a two-run home run.
The Hornets came back with a pair of runs in the sixth inning as Bronson Grubbs, Trent Goodrich, and Chris Lewis started the inning with three straight singles. A run scored on a sacrifice fly from Josh Egan and another Hornet scored following an infield single from Brandon Hunley and an Aggie throwing error.
UC Davis designated hitter Cameron Olson hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 8-2. Hornet relievers Chad Perry and Tyler Beardsley each tossed scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.
Grubbs and Goodrich both finished 2-for-4 with a run scored atop the Hornet lineup. Lewis reached base twice with a single and a walk and freshman James Outman had a double for the Hornets, who created nine at-bats with runners in scoring position in the contest.
UC Davis starter Justin Mullins put together his best performance of the season allowing just two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Two Aggie relievers allowed just a single hit over three innings. The Aggie pitchers got some help from left fielder Alex Aguiar, who made two sensational catches that both prevented Hornet runs from scoring.
Sacramento State used six pitchers including weekend starter Sam Long, who allowed the Bily home run but finished with four strikeouts in just one inning with the third strikeout victim reaching safely on a wild pitch. Perry had two strikeouts in his perfect seventh inning.
The Hornets are back home at John Smith Field this weekend for their first on-campus home games since April 17. The squad hosts Utah Valley for three games starting at 3 p.m. Friday.