SALT LAKE CITY – Offense was the name of the game as the Sacramento State baseball team took on the Utah Utes in a doubleheader Saturday at Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, the Hornets offense came up short in both ends of their last two games at Utah.
The two teams combined to score 33 runs on Saturday on a total of 54 hits. Sacramento State (9-13) scored seven and six runs in games one and two, respectively, while Utah (4-18) put up 13 and seven en route to wins in game one and game two.
Despite having their ace Parker Brahms on the mound, game one got off to a rocky start for the Hornets. The Utes tagged Brahms for six runs in the first three innings. Four of those runs were earned against the right hander, who gave up nine hits while striking out just two. For Brahms, it was his shortest outing of the season.
Utah continued to pile on, scoring five more runs in the fifth inning to make it an 11-1 ballgame. Although they trailed by double-digits, the Hornets refused to give in, scoring five runs of their own in the top of the fifth. The scoring was highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of James Outman, his fifth of the season.
The Utes countered with two runs in the home half of the inning and although Andrew McWilliam drove in one with a ninth-inning base hit, it was too little too late as Sacramento State dropped game one 13-7.
Just as the first game ended, the rain started to fall in Salt Lake City and the tarp went on the field, delaying game two of the doubleheader nearly an hour and a half.
When the second game did start, the Hornets struck first as Vinny Esposito scored on a Steven Moretto RBI-single. Two innings later, it was the same thing as Esposito scored again on a base hit by Moretto to give Sacramento State a 2-0 lead.
Utah wasn't about to go away quietly, however, striking back with their second five-run inning of the day to go up 5-2. The two teams traded runs over the next couple innings and entered the eighth with the Utes leading 7-5.
Sacramento State mounted one last comeback, scoring another run on an Ian Dawkins RBI-single to make it a one-run game. Despite a double and a hit by pitch in the top of the ninth, the Hornets were unable to score, falling 7-6 in the second game of the doubleheader.
Sacramento State is off until next Thursday, when they open conference play on the road at WAC opponent New Mexico State. First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 7:05 pm. All streaming links are available online at HornetSports.com.