OREM, Utah – Sacramento State (31-19, 16-7 WAC) came from behind yet again Saturday afternoon, defeating the Utah Valley Wolverines (12-36, 8-15 WAC) in Orem, 5-4. Dawsen Bacho's sixth-inning grand slam proved the difference as Sacramento State moves within a half-game of first place.
Bacho's sixth-inning slam came with one out in the inning and the Hornets trailing, 3-1. It was the first grand slam of the year for the Hornets and the first of Bacho's career. The opposite-field blast traveled down the line in right before clearing the fence and the leaping reach of the Wolverines' rightfielder.
Although the offense broke out for five runs in the frame, they got of to a very slow start Saturday afternoon, going down in order through the first four innings. It wasn't until Ryan Walstad drew a two-out walk in the fifth inning that Sacramento State had its first base runner.
Zeidman's one-out single in the sixth was the first hit of the day for Sacramento State and sparked the five-run rally.
In total, Sacramento State finished with five runs on just four hits, all of which came in the sixth inning. Steven Moretto, who also singled in the sixth, joined Zeidman, Smith, and Bacho in the hit column. Outside of the sixth, the Hornets had just three walks.
On the mound, Scott Randall picked up his seventh win of the season, improving to 7-1. A couple of walks and wild pitches early came back to haunt Randall, who gave up a run in each the first, second, and fifth innings. But despite not featuring his best stuff Saturday, Randall limited the damage and kept his team well within striking distance.
Behind him, Stone Churby tossed a perfect seventh before giving up a run in the eighth. Tanner Dalton took over with two outs in the eighth and runners on second and third. With the go-ahead run on second, Bronson Grubbs made a spectacular sliding catch to end the inning and the threat.
Dalton threw a hitless ninth to secure his sixth save of the year.
The come-from-behind win was Sacramento State's 13th of the year. It was also the team's 16th one-run game. The Hornets are now 11-5 in one-run contests, including 4-3 in one-run games on the road.
With the win, Sacramento State moves up a half-game in the WAC standings, trailing the conference-leading New Mexico State Aggies. The remaining teams at the top of the conference – NM State, Cal Baptist, UTRGV, and Grand Canyon – all play later Saturday night.
All five teams are very much in the hunt for the regular season conference championship and the number one seed for the WAC Tournament.
The series finale between the Hornets and the Wolverines is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. The Hornets and Wolverines will get underway at 12 p.m. MT/11 a.m. PT.
Tomorrow's matinee will stream live online both at HornetSports.com/Radio and on the WAC Digital Network. For more details on the game, including links to both radio and video broadcasts, be sure to visit the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage online at HornetSports.com.