SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Sacramento State baseball team traveled to San Francisco Saturday afternoon for their first road game of the season. Despite home runs from both James Outman and Steven Moretto, the Hornets fell to the Dons 8-2.
Outman gave the Hornets their first run, launching a solo shot to right field in the fourth inning. The blast was Outman's first this season after leading the team with 11 in 2017.
The home run was Outman's only hit of the night and gave him his fourth RBI of the season. The right fielder is now hitting .333 on the young season with four extra base hits.
Moretto also homered for the Hornets, his a solo home run in the top of the ninth. The freshman turned on a 1-1 pitch, sending it high over the left field wall. It was his second home run of the season and his second hit of the game.
Moretto now leads the team with two home runs and five RBIs through the team's first five games.
Those home runs were Sacramento State only offense in the game, however, as they were unable to bring anyone else across on four other hits. For the first time this season, the Hornets did not draw a walk, putting just five men on base in addition to their two home runs.
For most of the game, San Francisco's starter Landen Bourassa shut down the Hornets, scattering five hits over seven innings. He allowed just the home run to Outman, did not walk any, and struck out 11.
San Francisco scored early, going up 2-0 in the first inning against starter Austin Root and Sacramento State. Root gave up five of San Francisco runs in just four innings. The Dons tagged the right-hander for five runs on eight hits. He also walked one and struck out another.
Sacramento State returns to action tomorrow as they host the San Jose State University Spartans at San Francisco's Benedetti Field. First pitch is set for 10:30 am and will feature Sacramento State's Scott Randall (1-0, 0.00) against the Spartans' Fin Del Bonta-Smith (0-1, 9.82).