BASEBALL OUTSLUGS UTRGV 13-6, CLINCHES #3 SEED FOR WAC TOURNAMENT

BASEBALL OUTSLUGS UTRGV 13-6, CLINCHES #3 SEED FOR WAC TOURNAMENT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior Trent Goodrich led a 15-hit night for the Hornets with his first career four-hit game and drove in a career-high four runs to lead Sacramento State to a season-high 13 runs in a 13-6 win over UT Rio Grande Valley in the second of a three-game series.

With the win Sacramento State (27-27, 11-12 WAC) clinched the No. 3 seed for the WAC Tournament. The Hornets will open tournament play next Wednesday in Mesa, Ariz. and will face the No. 6 seed in the second game of the opening day at 7 p.m.

The Hornets first round opponent could still be four different teams, one of which is UT Rio Grande Valley (26-27, 7-16 WAC). The Vaqueros are still alive but will need to beat the Hornets on Saturday and have Seattle U lose to Utah Valley to secure the final postseason berth.

Sacramento State put forth its best offensive showing of the season on Friday. In addition to the career-night for Goodrich, Ricky Martinez also had a three-hit game and scored three runs, Ian Dawkins and Vinny Esposito had two-hit lines, and Kody Reynolds hit a solo home run while James Outman tripled and drove in three.

The Hornets batted around in both the second and fourth innings. Sacramento State trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the second but would send nine men to the plate and score five runs, all with two out. UTRGV starter Andrew Garcia retired the first two batters but the next six would reach with a walk, four straight singles, and Outman's two-run triple.

The Vaqueros got a run back in the third but the Hornets extended to a 10-3 lead with four runs in the fourth, starting the inning with four straight singles and a walk to knock out Garcia. Reynolds drove in the third run of inning with a sacrifice fly and PJ Floyd singled in Esposito as the home team again sent nine men to the plate.

UT Rio Grande Valley continued to fight with three runs on two hits and two Hornet errors in the fifth, but in the sixth inning Reynolds hit his ninth home run of the season to make it an 11-6 game. The scoring was capped in the seventh inning when Goodrich drove in both Dawkins and Martinez with a two-out single.

After Parker Brahms went 4.2 innings reliever Ty Fox pitched 2.1 hitless innings to earn the win. Tanner Olson retired all six batters he faced over the final two innings as the pair combined to allow just one base runner (a walk) in 4.1 innings of relief.

Garcia was tagged with eight earned runs on eight hits and a walk in just 3.0 innings. Joseph Collazo had the lone multi-hit line for the Vaqueros, who totaled eight hits with a pair of doubles.

The finale of the series and the regular season is at noon Saturday. For Fan Appreciation Day all youth 12 and under receive free admission, the first 50 fans through the gates will get a free hot dog, and all fans can pick up team photo posters.

The Hornets will also recognize nine graduating seniors in a postgame ceremony.