The Sacramento State baseball team scored 15 runs on 12 hits in a rain-shortened game as the Hornet defeated the Washington State Cougars, 15-14, in seven innings Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Hornets improved to 31-23 on the year while the Cougars fell to 17-32.
Washington State took a 2-0 lead in the first after a run-scoring wild pitch by freshman James Wheeler and an RBI single by Grant Richardson.
Sacramento State exploded for seven runs in the second to take a 7-2 lead. Cougar starter Aaron MacKenzie started the inning by walking juniors John Acha and Bobby Ciani before sophomore Matt Wilson reached safely on a fielder''s choice by catcher Brandon Reddinger. Wilson placed a sacrifice bunt in front of the plate but Reddinger tried for the force play at third and was too late. On the next pitch, sophomore Bret LeVier cleared the bases with a grand slam over the left-field wall. With two outs and a man on first and second, junior Mikela Olsen hit the first pitch over just fair down the right field line to end the Hornet scoring.
The Cougars recaptured the lead, 8-7, in the bottom of the inning after a run-scoring fielding error by junior Cliff Hinkle at first base, RBI singles by Justin Hart and Jay Miller, a sacrifice fly by Richardson and an RBI double by Derek Bruce.
Washington State added two more runs in the third after a two-run homer to right center by Jeremy Farrar.
The Hornets took their second lead of the contest, 11-10 after scoring three runs on three hits in the fourth. Sophomore Everet Rincon reached safely to lead off the inning after a throwing error by Jacobsen at third base. With one out, Olsen tripled down the right-field line to drive in Rincon from first. In the next at-bat, Acha hit a ground ball to third and reached safely on the play when Jacobsen failed to get Olsen out at the plate. Ciani followed with a double down the left-field line to score Acha and would move to third after a base hit dropped into right off the bat of Wilson. With runners on first and third, LeVier drove in the final run of the inning with a fielder''s choice to third.
The Cougars recaptured the lead 12-11 after a two-run single by Reddinger.
Sacramento State took their third lead of the contest, 14-12, after scoring three runs on four hits. With one out, Rincon hit a double to left field and would score on a double off the wall in center by Schmidt. With two outs, Acha drove in Schmidt from second with a base hit up the middle. In the next at-bat, Ciani doubled down the right-field line to score Acha from first.
Washington State made it 14-13 in the sixth after an RBI single by Reddinger.
The Hornets increased their lead to 15-13 in the seventh after taking advantage by a fielding error by Jonathan Fender at second base. With a man on first, Olsen hit a clean grounder to second that went through the legs of Fender allowing Schmidt to advance to third. In the next at-bat, LeVier hit a grounder to short to score the runner from third.
The Cougars cut the advantage to 15-14 in the bottom of the inning when Bruce drove in Miller from second with a base hit up the middle.
Reimer increased hit season-high hitting streak to 12 games after going 1-for-5 in the contest. The San Jose native, who began his streak on April 24, also increased his team-high stolen base total to 25. Olsen led the Hornet offense by finishing 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple, two runs and four RBI. LeVier led all members of the squad with five RBI.
Junior Marshall Plouffe (6-2) earned the win after allowing four runs on four hits while walking one and striking out five in four innings.
Garrett Alwert (2-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on four hits while walking one in 2.1 innings.
Junior Chris Kinsey missed his first game of the season due to an injured left ankle.
Sacramento State will conclude the 2003 season with a three-game home-and-home series with San Francisco beginning at Hornet Field on Friday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m.