STOCKTON, Calif. – Sacramento State baseball (2-3) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over the Pacific Tigers (6-0) Friday night in Stockton, but was unable to maintain that lead as they fell on the road, 6-3.
The Hornets chased Pacific's number one starter after just three innings of work Friday night, tagging left-hander for three runs on five hits and two walks. The scoring all took place in the top of the third as the Hornets sent nine men to the plate and scored three times on three hits in the inning.
Things got started as Bronson Grubbs reached on a throwing error by the Tigers' shortstop. After Grubbs advanced on a wild pitch, Keith Torres drove him home with a base hit to center field. Matt Smith followed with another base hit, putting runners at second and third, and freshman Martin Vincelli-Simard brought home Torres with a third straight base hit.
Despite jumping ahead to a 3-0 lead, Sacramento State didn't have another hit after the fifth inning and was unable to add on to their lead. Pacific meanwhile, began the task of climbing back into the ball game.
The Tigers got one back in the very next half an inning, scoring once against starter Parker Brahms in the bottom of the third.
Things began to unravel in the home half of the fifth when Pacific scored three times against Brahms and the Hornets while getting just two hits. The inning included two Sacramento State errors as well as a Tigers sacrifice fly and ended with Pacific leading, 4-3.
The Tigers bullpen shut down the Hornets over the game's final six innings. Pacific added two more runs in the seventh against Sacramento State's Tanner Dalton, making the score 6-3.
Offensively, the Hornets finished with three runs on five hits. Keith Torres finished 2-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, and one run scored. Smith, Vincelli-Simard, and Grubbs all added another hit, as well.
Grubbs, who hit ninth, and Torres, Smith, and Vincelli-Simard, who hit one-two-three in the lineup, combined to go 5-for-16 with three walks. They had two of the team's three RBIs and scored all three of the team's runs.
On the mound, Parker Brahms (0-2) was charged with his second loss of the season after allowing four runs – one earned – on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
The win was awarded to Pacific reliever David Rajeski (1-0) while Nick Swanson picked up his first save of the year for Pacific with a scoreless ninth.
This weekend's four-game set against the Pacific Tigers continues with two games at John Smith Field on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 6:00 pm and the game will broadcast live online on both the WAC Digital Network and HornetSports.com/Radio.
For more information on video and audio streams, live stats, and more, be sure to visit the 2019 Sacramento State Baseball Schedule at HornetSports.com.