SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State scored three runs in the second inning and six times in the fourth inning and five pitchers combined to allow just six singles in a 9-1 home win over Pacific Tuesday night at John Smith Field.
Six players had two-hit games for Sacramento State (12-11), which improved to 8-2 in night games this season with a 6-2 record under the lights at John Smith Field. Pacific (11-12) had won three of its last four games.
Freshman Austin Roberts earned his first win as a Hornet, allowing just one run and five hits with four strikeouts over five innings. Relievers Austin Root, Chad Perry, Tanner Olson, and Ty Fox all authored scoreless frames in relief with just one hit and one walk allowed over the last four innings of the game.
Pacific led 1-0 after a run in the first inning on a two-out RBI single from pitcher/dh Ryan Schalch. The Hornets then hit for the cycle in reverse order in a three-run second inning.
Sophomore James Outman led off the inning with his third home run of the season and junior Vinny Esposito followed with a triple to right field. Redshirt sophomore Devin Lehman found the left-enter gap for an RBI double and, after a groundout, freshman Dawson Bacho doubled home Lehman with the third run of the inning. Junior Ian Dawkins completed the inning cycle with a single to right but Bacho was thrown out at the plate.
The Hornets sent 11 men to the plate in the fourth inning to blow the game open. Bacho drove in senior Trent Goodrich with his second double of the game and then scored on a Pacific throwing error. Dawkins knocked in freshman Ricky Martinez with a single then scored on a wild pitch and junior PJ Floyd walked and scored on the second Pacific throwing error of the inning. Esposito singled in Outman to make it 9-1 as the Hornets totaled six hits and two walks in the inning while Pacific committed three throwing errors and had two wild pitches.
The Tigers loaded the bases with none out in the top of the fifth inning but Roberts pitched out of trouble. The visitors never threatened to score again while the Hornets had men on base in each of their last four at-bats but did not add to their big lead.
Dawkins, Floyd, Esposito, Lehman, Goodrich, and Bacho all had two hits for the Hornets. Bacho had two RBIs and Outman scored twice. Every Sacramento State starter had at least one hit in the game and each of them reached base at least twice. As a team the Hornets hit 7-for-15 (.467) in the game with runners in scoring position.
Schalch went just two innings on the mound for Pacific and took the loss. Jordon Gonzalez was charged with all six runs (three earned) in the fourth inning but the Tigers did have five pitchers record scoreless innings. The teams combined to use 12 pitchers and 27 position players in the game.
The Hornets are back on the road for a WAC series at Utah Valley starting Thursday evening at 5 p.m. Pacific time.