SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Justin Santich-Hughes'' RBI single with two outs in the ninth gave San Jose State a 9-8 win over the Sacramento State baseball team, Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium. The win gave the Spartans a 2-1 win in the series.
Sacramento State took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when senior Jack Arroyo scored from third on a sacrifice fly by junior Brett Flowers. Arroyo was hit by a Matt Durkin pitch to lead off the inning and then advanced to second after a walk to junior Craig Johnson. With one out, both runners advanced on a double steal. In the next at-bat, Flowers hit a drive to center field to score Arroyo.
San Jose State gained its first lead of the contest (2-1) after a two-run single to right field by Darrell Sales.
The Spartans increased the advantage to 4-1 in the second after Scott Niheu scored on a throwing error by senior John Acha and Anthony Contreras drove in a run with a groundout to second.
The Hornets cut the deficit to 4-2 in the third after a bases loaded RBI walk by sophomore Brian Blauser. With one out, Arroyo and Johnson drew consecutive walks from Durkin and then advanced to third on a throwing error by Durkin. With the bases loaded and two out, Blauser drew a walk to score Arroyo from third.
Sacramento State took a 7-4 lead in the top of the fourth after a pair of RBI doubles by Johnson and Flowers. With one out, junior Buddy Morales hit a single through the left side and then advanced to second after Arroyo was hit by a Durkin pitch. In the next at-bat, Johnson drove in two runs with a double to left field. After Acha was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Flowers drove in three with a double in the left-field gap.
San Jose State threatened in the bottom of the fourth with the bases loaded and one out but junior Warren Rosebrock entered the contest and got Travis Becktel to hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Spartans cut the deficit to 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth after a leadoff home run by Niheu and an RBI triple by Contreras down the right-field line. With two out and the bases loaded, freshman Mick Joyce got Sales to line out to LeVier at short to end the inning.
San Jose State took an 8-7 advantage in the bottom of the seventh after back-to-back solo home runs by Corrick and Niheu.
The Hornets evened the score (8-8) in the top of the ninth inning after an RBI double by junior Pedro Santiago to left field.
The Spartans earned the win in the ninth after Santich-Hughes drove in Corrick from second with a base hit to center field.
Randy Waite (1-0) earned the win after pitching 0.1 innings of perfect relief.
Sophomore James Wheeler (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing one unearned run and one hit while striking out two batters in 2.0 innings.
Johnson led the Hornet offense by finishing 3-for-3 in the contest. Flowers (2-for-4) led the squad with four RBI while junior Travis Kassebaum also finished 2-for-4.
Sacramento State will next host San Francisco on Tuesday, May 4, at 2:30 p.m.