BASEBALL DEFEATS SEATTLE U, 6-2, SATURDAY TO CLINCH SERIES VICTORY

BASEBALL DEFEATS SEATTLE U, 6-2, SATURDAY TO CLINCH SERIES VICTORY

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SEATTLE, Wash. – Sacramento State (23-12, 9-3 WAC) broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning before adding on in the ninth to defeat Seattle U (8-25, 4-8 WAC), 6-2. With the win, the Hornets took the series from the Redhawks while maintaining their lead among the top of the conference.

Sacramento State and Seattle U traded runs over the first five innings. The Redhawks took a 1-0 lead before the Hornets tied it in the second. Seattle U answered with another run, going ahead 2-1, in the third, while the Hornets tied things again with a run in the fifth.

With the game tied, 2-2, in the top of the eighth inning, Matt Smith gave the Hornets their first lead of the night with a two-run blast to left field. The home run was Smith's second of the series and his fourth in the last week.

Sacramento State added another two runs in the ninth inning, stretching their lead to four, when Ryan Walstad knocked in two with a bases-loaded base hit.

Trevor Doyle was responsible for driving in Sacramento State's first run in the second. Keith Torres scored from third on a wild pitch in the fifth for the Hornets' second run of the night.

Doyle led the team Saturday with two hits. In total, seven of nine Hornets started collected a hit against Seattle U.

On the mound, Parker Brahms got the start for Sacramento State and was excellent. Typically the team's Friday starter, Brahms got the call for this weekend's series finale and did not disappoint.

Brahms threw eight innings while allowing just two runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out 10 while throwing a season-high 122 pitches (78 strikes).

Stone Churby got the ninth for the Hornets, throwing a scoreless frame to close out the game. He walked one and struck out another.

With the win on Saturday, Sacramento State took the series from the Seattle U Redhawks while improving to 9-3 overall in WAC play. Sacramento State has won each of its first three series, including two on the road, and stand alone atop the conference.

Sacramento State continues its stretch of nine consecutive road games Wednesday when they head east to take on Illinois State on Wednesday, April 17.

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