SEATTLE, Wash. – Sacramento State (22-12, 8-3 WAC) split a doubleheader at Seattle U (8-24, 4-7 WAC) Friday afternoon. After dropping game one, 4-2, the Hornets responded with nine runs in game two, defeating the Redhawks, 9-3.
Game one on Friday got off to a slow start as neither team scored until Seattle U took a 1-0 lead against Austin Roberts and the Hornets in the fourth inning.
For Roberts, Friday's start was just his fourth of the season, and he finished after throwing five innings of one run ball. He allowed three hits, walked another three, and struck out four and did not factor into the decision.
As soon as Sacramento State evened the score, 1-1, the Redhawks pulled ahead again with a three-run sixth inning. The Hornets were able to push one across in the ninth, but could climb no closer as they dropped game one, 4-2.
The Hornets outhit the Redhawks in the effort, 9-6, but left 11 men on base compared to just six for Seattle U.
Three of those nine hits belonged to Matt Smith, who was 3-for-4 and was hit by a pitch in the game. Keith Torres also had two hits for the Hornets, while Bronson Grubbs scored both of the team's runs.
While it took four innings for the first score of the game in game one, game two got off to a very different start as leadoff hitter Matt Smith opened the game with a leadoff home run, his third of the season.
Up 1-0, the Hornets watched as Seattle U jumped on starter Scott Randall for three runs on four hits, taking a 3-1 lead, in the home half of the first.
That was all the Redhawks would manage in game two, however, as Randall shut the door the rest of the way. In total in game two, Randall allowed three runs over six innings of work. He allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out four. He earned his sixth win of the season for the effort.
Sacramento State, meanwhile, continued to pile on. After scoring another run in the third, the Hornets took the lead back with two runs in the fourth. Up 4-3, Sacramento State scored two more in the eighth before adding another three in the ninth, pushing the score to 9-3.
Smith, whose home run opened the scoring for Sacramento State, finished 1-for-3 with a home run, three walks, and three runs scored.
Over his last nine games, Smith is hitting an incredible .556 (20-for-36) with four doubles, a triple, and three home runs. He has scored 14 runs and driven in 12. He has a .652 OBP and is slugging .972 during that stretch.
Behind Smith in the lineup, Dawsen Bacho went 4-or-4 with a double, a sacrifice fly, two RBIs, and a run scored. The four-hit performance is the third this season for Bacho, who leads the team with 35 hits this season. His .297 batting average is second only to Smith (.308).
Tanner Dalton took over for Randall on the mound in the seventh inning with the Hornets leading, at the time, just 4-3. Dalton threw three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four, to earn his fourth save of the season. He lowered his ERA to a team-leading 1.80 with the outing.
By taking game two, Sacramento State preserved the opportunity for a series win when the two teams face off for the series finale tomorrow evening.
The Hornets and Redhawks will get underway tomorrow evening at 5 pm. With rain expected in the morning and early afternoon, Saturday's series finale was pushed back from a 2 pm start to a 5 pm start.
For more details on tomorrow's rubber match and on all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.