BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Sacramento State baseball's home run leaders PJ Floyd and James Outman both homered in support of starter Austin Root Saturday night as the Hornets took down the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners, 3-1.
Floyd and Outman entered Saturday night's game with a team-leading six home runs each for the Hornets (20-17, 8-3 WAC). They ended Saturday night's game still tied for the team lead, though each had added another long ball to their season total.
Sacramento State scored the game's first run thanks to the bat of Floyd, who lifted a solo shot out to right-center in the fourth inning. The ball just cleared the wall and the leaping gloves of the Roadrunners (15-22, 5-6 WAC) outfielders as the Hornets went up 1-0.
Floyd finished his night 2-for-4, adding a single in the eighth inning. He also had two stolen bases, bringing his season total to nine. For the year, Floyd is hitting .235 but owns a .520 slugging percentage, second only to Matt Smith (.532).
Outman extended Sacramento State's lead in the fifth inning, hitting a massive two-run home run out to right field. The two-run blast proved to serve as the game-winning runs, as Bakersfield added a run of their own in the very next inning.
The fifth-inning blast was the only hit of the game for the junior, who finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. For the season, Outman now has 26 RBIs on the season, second most on the club behind Steven Moretto (30).
In addition to Floyd, Dawkins was the only other Hornet to finish with two hits, going 2-for-3 a double, a walk, and a run scored. Dawkins, who led the team in hits last season, has two hits in each of the team's last two games and is second on the club with a .301 average.
Root started the night for Sacramento State, throwing five shutout innings before giving up his first run in the sixth. Root allowed the one run on five hits over his six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Root picked up his team-leading sixth win of the season for his efforts while lowering his ERA to 2.64.
After him, Roberts, who pitched a season-high five innings last Sunday, tossed two shutout frames tonight. He gave up three hits but also did not walk a batter while striking out two.
Dalton got the ninth for Sacramento State, retiring the Roadrunners in order, striking out two before inducing a game-ending grounder to third. With the perfect inning, Dalton recorded his fifth save.
Combined, Sacramento State's three pitchers recorded 11 strikeouts and did not walk a batter, improving their already conference-best strikeout-to-walk ratio to 3.31. That number is second in all of NCAA Div. I baseball.
With the win, Sacramento State improves to 20-17 overall this season while their conference record climbs to 8-3, good for second in the WAC. They remain a game and a half back of the conference-leading Grand Canyon Antelopes (10-2).
Also with the win, the Hornets have a chance at the series win as they take on CSU Bakersfield in the rubber match tomorrow. First pitch is set for noon PDT at Bakersfield's Hardt Field.