Junior Dan Smith earned a complete-game victory in game one and junior John Acha hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of game two to lead the Sacramento State baseball team to a doubleheader sweep over San Jose State, Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field. The Hornets raised their record to 30-20 overall (21-8 at home) while the Spartans fell to 22-25. Sacramento State has now won 30 games for the first time since 1993 (36-22).
In game one, Smith held the Spartans to only one run on two hits as the Hornets defeated the Spartans, 2-1, in nine innings.
Smith and San Jose State starter Matt Durkin engaged in a scoreless pitching duel until Sacramento State opened up a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning. After consecutive walks to sophomore Everet Rincon and senior Tim Reimer to lead off the inning, Acha followed with a base hit up the middle to score Rincon. With runners on second and third and no one out, Reimer scored the second run of the inning after a passed ball by Spartan catcher Mark Bautista.
San Jose State would cut the lead to 2-1 in the seventh when Jordan Bergstrom hit a solo home run to left-center field but the Spartans could not manufacture anymore runs.
Smith (4-1) earned the first complete-game victory of his Hornet career after allowing only one run on two hits while striking out two and walking none in nine innings of work.
Durkin (6-5) was tagged with the loss despite allowing only two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out 11 in eight innings.
In game two, San Jose State tied the contest at 1-1 in the ninth before Acha ended the game with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to give the Hornets a 2-1 win.
Sacramento State led 1-0 in the third after Acha recorded an RBI double down the left-field line. With one out in the inning, freshman Jim Strombach single to right field and would move to second after a single by Reimer down the left-field line. With two outs, Acha pulled a ball down the left-field line to give the Hornets the lead.
Senior Steve Correa held the Spartans scoreless through 8.1 innings but gave way to junior Chris Kinsey to save the game. With two outs and a man on second and third, Aaron Bates pulled a single passed junior Mikela Olsen in the hole to tie the contest at 1-1.
With two outs in the 10th, Acha drove an 0-1 pitch over the left-center wall to give the Hornets their second extra-inning win of the season.
Kinsey (6-5) earned the win after pitching a perfect 10th inning. Correa allowed one run on six hits while walking one and striking out two in 8.1 innings of work.
Acha led the Hornet offense on the day after going 4-for-9 with a double, a home run, a run and three RBI in both games. Olsen (3-for-5) and Strombach (2-for-4) also led the squad in game two. Olsen, a native of Oakhurst, Calif., now leads the Hornets with a .414 batting average, 79 hits, 18 doubles, 57 RBI, 141 total bases and a .738 slugging percentage. Reimer, native of San Jose, increased his season-high hitting streak to eight games after recording a hit in each contest.
Sacramento State will next host Santa Clara on Tuesday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m. The Hornets will then travel to Pullman, Wash., for a three-game series with Washington State this weekend.