SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (14-7, 1-0 WAC) needed an extra inning of work on Friday to keep their win streak alive, but did just that with a 5-4 walk-off win against the visiting UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (14-8, 0-1 WAC) in 10 innings.
Dawsen Bacho delivered the game-winner for the Hornets, smashing an RBI-double to left to walk it off.
With runners at first and second for Sacramento State, the UTRGV outfield was playing shallow, allowing Bacho to drive his game-winning double over the head of the Vaqueros left fielder.
"I was really just trying to get a good pitch to hit," said Bacho after the game. "I was looking for a fastball that I could just hit up the middle. And I got it with the 3-2 count."
Friday's game was Bacho's second in the leadoff spot in the last two games. In those two games, he is 7-for-9 with three runs scored, an RBI, a double, and two walks.
"I'm enjoying it," Bacho said of leading off. "I like starting off the game, leading things off and trying to set the table for the rest of the guys."
During the team's current 10-game win streak, Bacho is hitting .412 with 12 runs scored, 6 RBIs, five doubles, a triple, and nine walks (.535 OBP).
While Bacho ended the scoring Friday afternoon, it was Trevor Doyle who started it, driving in Steven Moretto with a triple in the fourth inning. Sacramento State added another in the sixth, taking a 2-0 lead thanks to a Moretto RBI-double.
UTRGV evened things with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh, but Sacramento State went right back ahead, 4-2, thanks to an RBI-single by Martin Vincelli-Simard and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Matt Smith.
UTRGV tied things again in the top of the ninth, hitting a solo home run and taking advantage of a Hornets error to force extra innings.
"Give their guys some credit, that's a really good club," said head coach Reggie Christiansen of UTRGV. "But our guys were resilient today and they found a way."
On the mound for the Hornets, Parker Brahms threw seven innings and, aside from the two-run home run in the seventh, was excellent.
"I thought Parker was outstanding today," said Christiansen after the game. "He took a five-pitch nap there and they made him pay for it, but I thought overall he was really good today."
Austin Roberts followed Brahms and threw three innings, allowing two runs - one earned - on two hits. He struck out five and ultimately picked up his second win of the season.
The duo of Brahms and Roberts combined to strike out 12 Vaqueros hitters with just one walk in 10 innings.
With Friday's win, Sacramento State extended its win streak to 10. They improved to 14-7 overall and are now 1-0 in Western Athletic Conference play.
The 10-game win streak is the second longest under Christiansen, just two games short of the 12-game streak his team put together in 2014.
This weekend's series against UTRGV will continue tomorrow with a 3 pm PT Saturday meeting. Freshman Travis Adams (1-0, 1.69) is expected to take the mound against the Vaqueros' Conner Dotson (0-0, 3.86).
More details on tomorrow's and all upcoming Hornets baseball games can be found online at HornetSports.com by visiting the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage.