BELLEVUE, Wash. – Senior Justin Dillon struck out 11 and allowed just one earned run over 8.1 innings and Trent Goodrich drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as Sacramento State picked up a 3-2 win in the series opener with Seattle U on Friday.
Dillon took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth but Seattle U scored an unearned run off a Hornet throwing error to force extra innings. Dawsen Bacho drew a leadoff walk in the 10th and pinch runner Brandon Hunley stole second before Goodrich singled him in. Sophomore Alex Dentoni, who got the last two outs in the ninth inning, set down the Redhawks in the 10th for his team-leading fifth win.
Sacramento State (19-19, 5-8 WAC) threatened in almost every inning with 11 hits and six walks but the Redhawks were able to stay close after the Hornets scored twice on a Ricky Martinez RBI single in the fourth. Seattle U (12-23-1, 4-9 WAC) had six hits but left eight men on base.
The Hornets had runners on base in each of the first three innings, stranding the bases loaded in the third. In the fourth inning, Bacho and PJ Floyd opened the inning with consecutive singles and moved to third on a groundout before Martinez singled to center to plate two runs.
Dillon allowed just five hits in the start, but Seattle U cut its deficit in half in the sixth inning when Curtis Perrin hit a two-out solo home run to right. Sacramento State left two men on base in the top of the ninth and the Redhawks were able to rally in the bottom half.
Griffin Andreychuk was hit by a pitch to open the inning and stole second. After a strikeout Sean Sutton reached on a throwing error that allowed Andreychuk to score from second. Dentoni came in for Dillon and was able to strand Sutton on second to end the inning.
After the Hornets scored in the top of the 10th the Redhawks had the tying run reach base with a two-out single but Dentoni, who recorded three strikeouts in 1.2 innings, got Chase Wells to ground out to third to end the game.
Dillon and Dentoni's 14 combined strikeouts tied the team season high. In three starts this season against teams from Washington (Washington State, Washington, and Seattle U) Dillon allowed just two earned runs over 21.1 innings with 23 strikeouts and two walks with just seven hits allowed. He is 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA, 0.42 WHIP, and .097 opposing batting average facing three of the state's four Div. I baseball teams.
Bacho as well as Ian Dawkins and Vinny Esposito had two-hit nights while the Hornets were 3-for-3 in steal attempts to stretch their streak to 14 straight successful stolen base attempts. Prizina allowed seven hits and four walks but just two runs over seven innings. Reliever Nathan Bonck took the loss to drop to 0-4.
The second game of the series, originally scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, has been moved up to an 11 a.m. start time due to afternoon rain in the forecast.