SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State baseball team racked up 10 runs on 12 hits Monday night as they beat Saint Mary's 10-4 in the first of a two-game set. The offensive showcase was highlighted by a PJ Floyd grand slam, his second home run in as many games.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the third inning, Floyd came to the plate against Saint Mary's starter Andrew Hansen. Hansen left a 2-1 fastball out over the plate and the left-handed Floyd turned on the pitch, sending it soaring out to right field for his third home run of the season and second in as many games. The blast gave the Hornets a four-run lead that they would never give up.
Sacramento State scored five total runs in the third inning, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 7-3 lead. The first run of the inning came when Andrew McWilliam was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
In total Monday night, Floyd went 2-for-3 with a run scored and five RBIs. In addition to his third-inning grand slam, Floyd added an RBI-single in the second inning. Over his last three games, the junior second baseman is hitting .417 with two home runs, a double, and eight RBIs.
The grand slam was just one of many extra base hits for the Hornets Friday night. James Outman, who was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored also had two doubles. Vinny Esposito had a two-run double as part of a 1-for-3 night with a run scored and two walks while Keith Torres gave Sacramento State their final run of the night with a two-out RBI-double in the fifth inning.
Every starter for Sacramento State reached base. Steven Moretto, who drove in the game's first run with a second-inning RBI-single, was 2-for-4 overall and now has eight RBIs in his last six games. He leads the team with 25 driven in this season.
The Hornets have scored six or more runs in five of their last six games. They are 3-2 in those games and are now 7-3 overall this season when scoring six or more runs.
As good as the offense was Monday night, the Sacramento State pitching staff was equally impressive, putting together a very strong outing.
It was a staff day from the beginning as Alex Dentoni made his first career start in the Green and Gold. He allowed three runs over three innings of work, but limited the damage in a Saint Mary's third inning that started with a home run and a double.
After Dentoni, Austin Ragsdale shut the door on any kind of Gaels comeback, following Sacramento State's five-run third with a scoreless fourth and fifth inning on the mound. Ragsdale, who was perfect over two innings of work, picked up his first win of the season.
After Ragsdale, Ty Fox tossed three shutout innings, allowing just one Saint Mary's hitter to reach on a hit by pitch. Combined, Dentoni, Ragsdale, and Root retired 14 straight from the third through eighth innings.
The Gaels managed to push one more run across in the ninth inning after loading the bases against Stone Churby. Tanner Dalton, who has now pitched in the last three games for Sacramento State, allowed on inherited runner to score before ending the game.
Tonight's game was the first of two in a home-and-home series against the Saint Mary's Gaels. Sacramento State will travel to Moraga for the second game, scheduled for a 3:00 pm first pitch tomorrow.