ESPOSITO, REYNOLDS POWER BASEBALL TO 11-1 MERCY RULE WIN OVER CSU BAKERSFIELD

ESPOSITO, REYNOLDS POWER BASEBALL TO 11-1 MERCY RULE WIN OVER CSU BAKERSFIELD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Vinny Esposito had two triples and a home run with 4 RBIs and Kody Reynolds was 4-for-5 with three doubles as Sacramento State earned an 11-1 win in eight innings over CSU Bakersfield on Saturday night.

The Hornets scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to win the game via the WAC 10-run rule. Senior Brandon Hunley drove in three runs with a two-out bases loaded double in the bottom of the eighth to win the game for the Hornets.

Esposito became just the third player in program history to hit two triples in one game, joining Nathan Lukes in 2015 and John Acha in 2003 in that elite company. When he connected for a two-run homer in the seventh inning Esposito became the first player in recorded program history to hit a home run and two triples in the same game.

Reynolds tied the program record for doubles in a game, becoming the ninth player in program history to record three doubles in one game. He is the first Hornet in 16 years to record a three-double game, with Daryl Grant the last to do it in 2001. He also had a single and posted a four-hit game for the first time in his career.

Sacramento State (22-21, 7-10 WAC) also got another strong pitching performance from freshman Parker Brahms, who scattered seven hits and allowed just one run with one walk and three strikeouts over seven innings. The team has won each of his last five starts as he is 4-0 in that span with an ERA just over one.

The game was scoreless through three innings before the Hornets put up crooked numbers in four of the last five innings played. CSU Bakersfield (21-17, 7-7 WAC) did take a 1-0 lead on a Mahlik Jones RBI single in the top of the fourth but in the bottom half James Outman hit a leadoff double, Esposito followed with an RBI triple, and Reynolds drove him in with a single. Reynolds would score on a PJ Floyd RBI single with two away to put the Hornets ahead 3-1.

With two out and a runner on second in the fifth inning, Esposito brought in Ian Dawkins with his second triple of the night before Reynolds followed with an RBI double. The Hornets threatened but didn't score in the sixth, but in the seventh Dawkins drew a leadoff walk and Esposito hit his eighth home run of the season out to dead center field.

Outman drove in the first run of the eighth with a one-out single. Esposito walked to load the bases and with two away Hunley found the right-center gap to bring in all three runs in an eighth-inning walk off win.

The top four hitters in the Hornet batting order (Dawkins, Outman, Esposito, and Reynolds) were 10-for-18 with two walks, seven RBIs, and 10 runs scored with five doubles, two triples, and a home run. Floyd also had a two-hit night while Brahms and reliever Ty Fox, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning, permitted just seven hits (six singles) and one run against the team with the 10th best batting average in Div. I.

With his eighth home run of the year Esposito has now equaled Sacramento State's most home runs in a season since Rhys Hoskins hit 12 in 2014. He has three triples and 17 total bases in three games this week, having also hit one as well as a double on Tuesday at Pacific.

The Hornets look to win the series on Sunday when the teams meet for the finale at noon on Kid's Day at John Smith Field.