SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State scored three times on the bottom of the eighth inning to rally from down 2-0 and take the series opener over Minnesota, 3-2, on Thursday at John Smith Field.
Sacramento State (10-6) rallied from a late two-run deficit for a win in its second consecutive game, having erased a 5-3 deficit in the ninth inning for a 7-5 win at Nevada on Tuesday. Senior Justin Dillon made another quality start, allowing just six hits and two runs with five strikeouts over six innings, before senior Tanner Olson and junior Ty Fox each threw a scoreless inning to earn the win and the save, respectively.
Minnesota (9-8) got an outstanding performance from starter Lucas Gilbreath and scored two early runs off Dillon, scoring single runs on a two-out single from Matt Stemper in the second inning and another on a two-out RBI single from Toby Hanson in the third.
Gilbreath kept the Hornets at bay, allowing just two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tyler Hanson pitched a scoreless seventh inning but the Hornets got to him in the eight.
Sophomore James Outman opened the eighth inning with solo home run to right, and senior Trent Goodrich and junior Ian Dawkins followed with a pair of singles to put runners on first and third with nobody out. Closer Brian Glowicki came on and got a strikeout before junior Andrew McWilliam dropped a ball into center field to tie the game, though Dawkins was cut down at second.
After a Devin Lehman walk senior Brandon Hunley came through with an RBI single to score McWilliam and give the Hornets a 3-2 lead. Fox came on for the save attempt and was lights out, setting down the Golden Gophers on just 11 pitches.
Sacramento State's six hits on Thursday came from six different players, with Outman hitting his second home run of the season. Stemper and third baseman Micah Coffey both had two hits for Minnesota while Hanson was charged with all three runs and took the loss.
The Hornets and Golden Gophers play game two of the weekend series Friday night at 6 p.m.