BASEBALL DROPS SLUGFEST AT SAN FRANCISCO

BASEBALL DROPS SLUGFEST AT SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – After Sacramento State belted three home runs in a 9-5 home win over San Francisco on Monday, Vinny Esposito and Kody Reynolds both homered again on Tuesday but the Dons rallied from a 6-1 deficit with 13 unanswered runs to record a 14-6 win on their home field.

San Francisco (19-19) scored six runs in the sixth inning with the big blow a Brady Bate grand slam and added five more runs in the seventh. The game began a five game road swing for Sacramento State (18-19), which opens a three-game WAC series at Seattle U on Friday.

Esposito and junior Andrew McWilliam both had two hits as the Hornets tallied two home runs and three doubles among their seven hits. Esposito hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season, equaling the most homers a Hornet has hit in a season since he hit eight as a freshman in 2015.

The Hornets scored a run in each of the first three innings of the game. Esposito hit a solo home run with two out in the first, McWilliam doubled to lead off the second inning and stole home after a PJ Floyd single moved him to third, and McWilliam doubled in James Outman with two away in the third.

San Francisco got on the board with a run in the fourth but in the top of the fifth Outman and Esposito reached and Reynolds hit a three-run homer to left field. Bate had an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth but the Hornets still led 6-2.

In the sixth, USF scored six runs despite recording just one hit. The Dons drew two walks, had two hit batters, and benefited from a Hornet throwing error to score two runs before Bate hit a grand slam to left field all before an out was recorded.

San Francisco tacked on five more runs in the seventh on five hits, two walks, and a Hornet fielding error and another run in the eighth. Meanwhile, USF relief pitchers Daniel Slominski, Thomas Ponticelli, and Brendan Jenkins combined to allow just one hit and one walk over the last four innings of the game.

Freshman Austin Roberts had a strong start for the Hornets, allowing just three hits and one run with two strikeouts over four innings. Austin Ragsdale allowed a double but had a strikeout while not being charged with a run in one inning of work.

The Dons ended a four-game losing streak against the Hornets with the win on Tuesday.