SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Hornets pounded out a season-high 15 runs and 19 hits as the baseball team defeated San Francisco State, 15-9, Saturday afternoon at Hornet Field. Sacramento State, who is now 4-1 in the three-game sets this season, will look for its first series sweep of the season on Sunday, Mar. 14.
The Hornets are now 14-11 on the year while the Gators fell to 12-12. Sacramento State also tied its season high with three-consecutive wins.
San Francisco State took an early 2-0 lead after Shane Stover hit an RBI single and Chris Scroggins drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Sacramento State gained a 4-2 advantage in the bottom of the first after senior Jack Arroyo scored on a wild pitch by Gator starter Ben Clayton and junior Bret LeVier hit a three-run homer over the left-field wall. For LeVier, a native of Whittier, Calif., it was his fifth home run of the season. The Hornets added another run in the second when junior Brett Flowers hit an RBI single to center. Arroyo reached safely after a dropped pop fly by Kyle Larson at second. After Arroyo stole two-consecutive bases, Flowers delivered the single up the middle.
Sacramento State made it 11-2 in the fourth when junior Craig Johnson hit a two run double to left-field, senior John Acha drove in a run with a groundout to short and junior Matt Wilson hit a three-run homer to left field. For Wilson, a native of Conaga Park, Calif., it was his second home run of the year.
The Gators made it 11-3 in the fifth after Stover singled off the glove of Hornet starter Warren Rosebrock to score Larson from second.
The Hornets increased their lead to 12-3 in the bottom of the fifth after Flowers drove in Johnson from third with a single to center. Sacramento State made it 15-3 in the sixth when sophomore Jim Strombach drove in a run with a double to right-center field, Arroyo hit a sacrifice fly to center and Johnson drove in a run with a single to first base.
San Francisco State cut the deficit to 15-6 in the eighth after Keegan Moore drove in two runs with a double to center and J.R. Bierly hit an RBI groundout to second. The Dons made it 15-9 with three runs in the ninth but Bierly ended the contest with a groundout to second.
Rosebrock (3-2) earned the win after allowing only three runs on seven hits while striking out four batters in 6.0 innings of work.
Clayton (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits while walking two in 3.0 innings.
Wilson finished 4-for-4 in the contest while scoring two runs and driving in three runs. Johnson, a native of Porterville, Calif., went 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBI to also lead the Hornet offense. Acha (1-for-5) extended his current hitting streak to nine games. Junior Pedro Santiago (2-for-2) and Strombach (2-for-4) also recorded two hits in the game.
Sacramento State and San Francisco State will play the series final on Sunday, Mar. 14, at 1 p.m.