RENO, Nev. - Sacramento State sent eight men to the plate and scored four runs on five hits in the top of the ninth inning to rally from down 5-3 and defeat Nevada, 7-5, on Tuesday in Reno.
Sacramento State (9-6) began the ninth inning with singles from seniors Kody Reynolds and Brandon Hunley before an RBI double from James Outman. The Hornets tied the game on an RBI groundout from freshman Dawsen Bacho.
With Outman at third and two away, junior Ian Dawkins singled him in with the go-ahead run and junior PJ Floyd followed with an RBI double to give the Hornets a 7-5 lead. Sophomore Alex Dentoni set down the Wolf Pack in order in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save as a Hornet.
The Hornets had to battle back from an early 4-1 deficit, as Nevada (4-12) had its first four batters all reach and score with a pair of 2-run home runs to open the bottom of the first inning. Six Sacramento State pitchers combined to allow just four hits and one run over the last eight innings of the game and give the offense a chance to rally.
The Hornets took an early lead in the top of first inning as Dawkins had a leadoff single, moved to second on a failed pickoff attempted, and scored on a 2-out RBI double from redshirt sophomore Devin Lehman. Nevada had an immediate answer, opening the bottom of the first with a walk, a 2-run homer from Jordan Pearce, a single, and a 2-run homer from Mike Echavia.
Sacramento State got two of those runs back in the fifth inning with a two-out rally. After the first two hitters were retired Dawkins singled and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on an RBI double from Floyd. The next hitter, junior Andrew McWilliam, doubled into the left-center gap to bring in Floyd and make it a 4-3 game.
Nevada added a run in the seventh inning on a two-out RBI single from Pearce.
Reliever Cooper Powell came on in the sixth inning and was unhittable, retiring all nine batters he faced through the eighth inning before the Hornets tagged closer Evan McMahan with four runs on five hits in just 2/3 of an inning in the ninth.
Floyd and Dawkins combined to go 5-for-9 with 3 RBIs and 4 runs at the top two spots in the Hornet batting order. Dawkins was 3-for-5 for his eighth multi-hit game this season while Floyd had two doubles and is now hitting .417 with a .792 slugging percentage this season.
Reliever Austin Root allowed just two hits and no runs in three innings of relief and Ty Fox worked a scoreless inning as well. Tanner Olson picked up the win, throwing 1.1 innings and allowing just a single. Nevada had a leadoff walk but Hornet pitching did not issue another base on balls for the remainder of the game. Sacramento State has now won three straight meetings with Nevada.
Sacramento State comes back home for a three-game series with Minnesota. Games are scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday night at 2 p.m. Saturday at John Smith Field.