BASEBALL NARROWLY EDGED IN BOTH GAMES OF DOUBLEHEADER SATURDAY AT #11 WASHINGTON

BASEBALL NARROWLY EDGED IN BOTH GAMES OF DOUBLEHEADER SATURDAY AT #11 WASHINGTON

SEATTLE, Wash. – In a doubleheader on Saturday Hornet junior PJ Floyd had ninth-inning home runs in both games, forcing extra innings with a 3-run blast in the first game and pulling the Hornets within a run with a 2-run shot in the second game, but No. 11 Washington walked-off with an 8-5 win in 10 innings in game one and held on for a 3-2 win in game in Seattle.

Sacramento State (7-3) was close to two more victories over nationally-ranked Washington (6-4) after beating the Huskies 7-1 on Friday night but the home team pulled out both games on Saturday.

Game One

Down 5-2 in the ninth inning, Ian Dawkins and Devin Lehman led off with back-to-back singles before Floyd hit a pinch-hit 3-run to tie the game at 5-5. Washington got a 3-run pinch hit homer of its own in the 10th inning, however, as Gage Matuszak launched a ball to dead center to give the Huskies an 8-5 win.

Sacramento State outhit Washington 14-6 in the game but Husky pitching stranded 11 Hornet runners on base. Washington got a run in the first inning on a pair of singles and scored twice in the second despite not having a hit, as the Huskies benefited from two walks, a hit batter, and a wild pitch.

The Hornets had four straight singles, from senior Trent Goodrich, Dawkins, Lehman, and junior Andrew McWilliam, with one out in the third inning to plate one run, but the bases were left loaded after a foul out and fly out. Washington got that run back on a bases loaded hit batter in the fifth inning and moved to a 5-1 lead in the fifth on a Levi Jordan RBI single.

In the top of the sixth inning the Hornets had three straight singles with two away and got their second run on a Dawkins bases loaded walk, but again the visitors left three men aboard. Reliever Austin Root threw three perfect innings of relief to get the Hornets to the ninth still down just 5-2.

After Floyd's game-tying homer senior Brandon Hunley had a two-out single but was left aboard. Senior Chad Perry set the Huskies down in order with two strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth but in the 10th John Naff had a leadoff walk and, after Naff stole second, the Hornets issued an intentional walk before Matuszak ended the game. His drive off the top of the wall in center was initially ruled an RBI double but was changed to a homerun.

Dawkins, Lehman, McWilliam, Goodrich, and junior Vinny Esposito all had two-hit games for the HornetsJ. Washington had just six hits, five of which were singles, but the Huskies drew six walks in the game and had three hit batters.

Alex Hardy earned the win in relief despite allowing Floyd's tying home run. Washington starter Joe Demers allowed 10 hits in 5.2 innings but permitted only two runs. The six Husky hits in the game came from six different players.

Game Two

In a pitcher's duel Floyd hit a two-out, two-run home run in the ninth to bring the Hornets within one run but Washington's Josh Burgmann struck out the next batter to give his team a 3-2 win.

Both starters were superb, as Hornet freshman Parker Brahms made another strong start allowing just three runs on six hits and one walk over 8.0 innings pitched. On the opposite side Washington starter Jordan Jones allowed just two hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six scoreless innings.

The Huskies broke the ice in the fourth inning when MJ Hubbs hit a leadoff home run. Washington added a two-out run in the sixth with a Hubbs single followed by an RBI double from Joey Morgan, who was cut down at third base for the final out but after the run scored.

Sacramento State got men aboard in the sixth, seventh, and eight innings but could not push a run across. Washington got what ended up being a crucial insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, as Kyle London struck out to begin the inning but reached on a wild pitch and eventually scored on a groundout from Morgan.

Sophomore James Outman had a one-out single in the ninth before Floyd's second home run of the day but the Hornets came up one run short.

Each team had six hits in the nightcap. Burgmann pitched the last three innings and earned the save while Brahms took his first loss. Dawkins had another two-hit game for the Hornets and is now hitting .395 this season with six multi-hit games in 10 games played.

McWilliam was 0-for-4 in game two, snapping his 25-game reached base streak that had dated back to last season. Dawkins and Outman have both still reached base in every game this season.

The Hornets and Huskies are scheduled to conclude their series at 12 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting.