SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Senior Andy Mohr earned the victory in his final collegiate start and juniors Craig Johnson and Brett Flowers each finished with three hits to lead the Sacramento State baseball team to a 9-8 win over Northern Colorado, Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field.
The Hornets end the 2004 campaign with a 29-32 record while the Bears dropped to 26-21.
Sacramento State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run double by junior Bret LeVier. With one out, junior Craig Johnson was hit by a Pat O''Neil pitch and then advanced to second after sophomore Brian Blauser drew a walk. After a walk to Flowers, LeVier hit a ball off the wall in left field to drive in two runs.
Northern Colorado took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth after a three-run home run to right field by Trevor Allen.
The Hornets recaptured the lead (5-3) in the bottom of the sixth after an RBI single by senior Jack Arroyo and a two-run double to left-center field by Flowers. Junior Ronnie Machado, Jr., led off the inning with a triple to left center. Arroyo followed with a single to right to tie the contest. After a single to right by Johnson, both runners advanced after sacrifice bunt to third by Blauser. In the next at-bat, Flowers hit a drive into the left-center gap to clear the bases.
Sacramento State made it 9-3 in the bottom of the seventh after a solo home run to left by junior Matt Wilson, an RBI double by Johnson and a two-run home run down the left-field line by Blauser. For Wilson, who hit the fourth level of the parking structure, it was his third home run of the season. For Blauser, who hit the top level of the parking structure, it was his fourth homer of the year.
The Bears cut the deficit to 9-6 in the top of the eight after a three-run home run to right-center field by Patrick Perry.
Northern Colorado made it 9-8 in the ninth after a pair of RBI singles by Shane Roberts and Allen. The Bears still threatened with the bases loaded an two out but senior Renecke Stelzriede forced Perry to fly out to right to end the game.
Mohr (5-1) earned the win after allowing five runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three in 7.0 innings. The Glendora, Calif., native ended his career with a 2-0 mark and a 5.00 ERA in four starts this season.
O''Neil (6-3) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on 10 hits while walking six and striking out six in 5.2 innings.
Johnson (3-for-3) ended the season with team highs in batting average (.337), doubles (13), triples (three), RBI (42), slugging percentage (.488), walks (47), on-base percentage (.471) and sacrifice bunts (10). His sacrifice total ties him for first in the program season record book. The Porterville, Calif., native earned 2004 Baseball Academic All-District VIII first team honors and is eligible for selection to the Academic All-America team in June.
Stelzriede ends his Hornet career as one of the top closers in program history. The West Covina, Calif., native ranks tied for 10th in the season record book (five) and fourth in the career record book (nine) in saves.
Arroyo, a senior co-captain, led the squad with 81 hits, 56 runs, eight home runs, 113 total bases and 20 stolen bases. With his hit total, Arroyo ranks tied for seventh in the single-season record book.
Acha ends his career with a .314 batting average, 116 hits, 18 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 58 RBI and 170 total bases in two seasons. The Turlock, Calif., native also earned NCAA Div. I Independent Player of the Week, Hornet Male Senior Student-Athlete of the Year and 2004 Baseball Academic all-District VII first team honors this season. The senior co-captain is eligible to be selected to the Academic All-America team in June.
Junior Ethan Katz, who garnered team Pitcher of the Year honors, led all starters with a 9-5 record, a 4.01 ERA, five complete games, 110.0 innings pitched, one shutout and 90 strikeouts.
Sacramento State head coach John Smith also earned his 750th career win after a 3-1 victory over Washington State on May 9.