GREELEY, Colo. – Dawsen Bacho slugged his first home run of the season, a go-ahead three-run blast, but it wasn't enough as Sacramento State (27-18, 13-6 WAC) fell on the road at Northern Colorado (10-28, 6-13 WAC), 8-6.
With the loss, Sacramento State falls to 27-18 overall. They drop to 13-6 in the Western Athletic Conference and are now alone in third place in the WAC. Northern Colorado improves to 10-28 and 6-13 in league.
Bacho came into the weekend still looking for his first home run of the season but found it in the fifth inning of Friday's game. With the Hornets trailing 3-1, Bacho blasted a three-run home run out to left-center field to give the Hornets a 4-3 lead.
It was the second time in Friday's game that the Hornets had a lead but it would also be the last. Their first lead came early in the game as Nick Iwasa drew a bases-loaded walk to put Sacramento State ahead, 1-0.
After taking a 1-0 lead, Northern Colorado answered back with three in the fourth. Scott Randall allowed a leadoff home run before getting two quick outs. From there, however, the Bears put together four straight two-out hits to score two more runs.
Bacho's home run put Sacramento State back on top in the fifth but Northern Colorado answered again with two of their own in the same inning. The Bears added two more in the seventh, and although Sacramento State got one back in the eighth, it was too little too late.
In total, the Hornets and Bears traded leads four times. The game was also tied three different times.
Bacho finished his afternoon 1-for-4 with three RBIs, though he was robbed of his second hit in the ninth inning when he blasted a hard line drive down the third base line that was somehow caught.
Keith Torres also had a hit in Friday's game, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games. He was 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored against Northern Colorado.
On the mound, Randall wasn't as sharp as usual, going just four innings while allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out five.
Behind him, Brady Rodriguez (5-4) made his team-leading 23rd appearance of the season. The lefthander allowed three runs on five hits and was charged with his fourth loss of the year.
Friday's loss marks Sacramento State's longest losing streak of the season as they fell for the fourth time in as many games. The team has only lost back-to-back games on four separate occasions and never more than four in a row.
They'll look to bounce back from Friday's tough game tomorrow with another midday matchup as they take on the Bears at 1 pm MT/12 pm PT.
Saturday's game will stream live online on the WAC Digital Network as well as at HornetSports.com/Radio.
For more details on tomorrow's game and all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.