BASEBALL WALKS OFF WITH 6-5 WIN OVER NORTHERN KENTUCKY IN 11 INNINGS

BASEBALL WALKS OFF WITH 6-5 WIN OVER NORTHERN KENTUCKY IN 11 INNINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Trailing 5-4 and down to their final out, Sacramento State tied the game with an RBI single from senior Trent Goodrich and won it on an infield hit from junior Ian Dawkins as the Hornets walked off with a 6-5 victory over Northern Kentucky in 11 innings.

Sacramento State (4-1) has taken the first two games of its weekend series with Northern Kentucky (1-4), winning in extra innings on Friday night after senior Justin Dillon's no-hitter on Thursday.

In a 4-4 game the Norse got a run in the top of the 11th, capitalizing on a Hornet fielding error and taking the lead on a two-out RBI single from catcher Will Haueter. Senior Brandon Hunley led off the bottom of the 11th with a single and senior Blake Edmonson drew a one-out walk, but the baserunners remained at first and second with two away.

Goodrich then laced a ball through the left side, scoring Hunley with the tying run and moving Edmonson to third. Dawkins followed with a groundball up the middle and NKU shortstop Jake Richmond was unable to make the play as Edmonson came in with the winning run.

Dawkins finished 2-for-6 while Goodrich, redshirt sophomore Devin Lehman, and sophomore James Outman all had two-hit nights as well. Outman drove in the first three Hornet runs, bringing in a pair with a two-run single down the right field line in the bottom of the first inning after the Norse took the early lead on a leadoff home from right fielder TJ Alas.

Northern Kentucky capitalized on two walks and two hit batters in the top of the third to go back ahead 3-2, but in the bottom half Outman drove in Lehman to tie the game before junior Vinny Esposito put the Hornets back on top with a sacrifice fly scoring senior Kody Reynolds.

Alas drove in teammate Dominic Mercurio with a one-out double in the top of the fourth to tie the game back up at 4-4. That would be the last run scored until the 11th inning, though NKU got runners into scoring position in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings but all were stranded.

Hornet sophomore Alex Dentoni earned the win in relief, pitching three innings and allowing just two hits and one unearned run to improve to 2-0. Austin Root, Tanner Olson, Chad Perry, and Ty Fox combined to throw 4.2 scoreless innings before Dentoni came in after freshman starter Austin Roberts struck out five but allowed four runs in 3.1 innings. Hornet pitchers totaled 14 strikeouts in the game.

Closer Travis Rowland took the loss for the Norse. Alas finished a triple shy of the cycle hitting 3-for-4 with two walks, two RBIs, and two runs scored and Haueter was 3-for-6 with two RBIs to lead Northern Kentucky offensively.

The Hornets will look to clinch a series win on Saturday when the teams meet again at 2:00 p.m. at John Smith Field.