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BASEBALL WALKS OFF ON CSU BAKERSFIELD, 4-3, IN 10 INNINGS FRIDAY NIGHT

BASEBALL WALKS OFF ON CSU BAKERSFIELD, 4-3, IN 10 INNINGS FRIDAY NIGHT

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Dawsen Bacho delivered his second walk-off hit of the season Friday night as Sacramento State (19-10, 5-2 WAC) beat the visiting CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (15-16, 3-4 WAC) by a final score of 4-3 in 10 innings.

With the bases loaded and the game tied, 3-3, Bacho jumped on a first pitch fastball, lining a base hit up the middle to score Nick Iwasa from third and send the Hornets home with the win.

"I expected him to attack me with a fastball so that's what I was looking for," said Bacho after his game-winner. "I guessed right and was able to get a hold of hit and line it back up the middle."

The walk-off hit is Bacho's second of the season, as he also delivered the game winner in Sacramento State's 5-4 win in 10 innings against UTRGV.

The game is just the second to go to extra innings for the Hornets this season. In extra innings, Sacramento State is now 2-0.

In addition to scoring the game's last run, the Hornets also scored its first run Friday night. Keith Torres put the Hornets ahead 1-0 with an RBI-single in the first inning.

CSU Bakersfield countered with two runs of their own, scoring one in each the fourth and fifth innings to take a 2-1 lead.

Matt Smith delivered what was, at the time, the biggest hit of the game, mashing a two-run home run out to deep left-center field in the eighth inning. The blast was Smith's first of the season and put Sacramento State up, 3-2.

"It felt good," said Smith after the game. "I was just looking to hit the ball hard, not do too much, and it left the yard. That's all you can ask for."

Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as the Roadrunners evened things up with a run in the top of the ninth, forcing extras and setting the stage for Bacho in the 10th.

"We've played enough close games to know that we're always in it," said Bacho after the game. "And credit to our pitching staff, they've been great all year."

The staff on Friday included starter Parker Brahms and relievers Brady Rodriguez and Tanner Dalton.

Brahms threw seven strong innings, allowing just the two runs, before Rodriguez followed with a perfect eighth.

Dalton was responsible for giving up the game-tying run in the ninth, but earned the win after rebounding with a perfect top of the 10th. He improved to 2-1 on the season.

"That's a big win for us on a Friday night at home against Baskerfield," said head coach Reggie Christiansen after the game. "Their guy, (Darius) Vines was outstanding and so to beat their Friday guy, we feel like we're in a good place."

For the season, Sacramento State improved to 19-10 overall and 5-2 in the WAC.

The Hornets will have a chance to make it 6-2 when they take on CSU Bakersfield in game two of this three game set tomorrow afternoon at John Smith Field at 3pm.

For more details on tomorrow's game and all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.