HONOLULU -- Junior Marshall Hendon earned his first win as a Hornet while junior Pedro Santiago and sophomore Jim Strombach each drove in two runs to lead the Sacramento State baseball team to a 6-3 win over Hawai''i, late Tuesday evening at Les Murakami Stadium.
Sacramento State (20-19) snapped a season-high four-game losing streak while Hawai''i dropped to 19-12. It marked the Hornets'' first win over the Rainbows since a 5-3 contest on Feb. 10, 2002.
The start of the game, originally scheduled for 6:35 p.m., was delayed 41 minutes due to a blown sub-station fuse on the Hawai''i campus. The contest started at 7:16 p.m., but a second power failure occurred four minutes later with the Hornets still batting in the top of the first inning. After an hour and 40-minute delay, the game was continued.
The Hornets took a 2-0 lead in the third inning after a two-run double by Santiago. Sophomore Brian Blauser led off the inning with a single to left and senior Jack Arroyo followed with a walk. With two out, Santiago punched a ball down the right-field line to clear the bases.
The Rainbows cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the third after a groundout by Brian Finegan. With runners on first and third, Finegan grounded into a double-play, allowing Creighton Kahoali''i to score.
Sacramento State made it 3-1 in the fourth when Blauser drove in a run with a groundout to short. Junior Kyle Aure reached on a fielding error by Rainbow thrid baseman Rocky Russo to lead off the inning. After Strombach reached safely on a fielder''s choice sacrifice bunt, both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by junior Craig Johnson. Blauser followed with a grounder to short to score Aure from third.
The Hornets increased their advantage to 6-1 in the fifth after scoring three runs on one hit. Juniors Andy Hnilo and Bret LeVier led off the inning with consecutive walks. After Santiago advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, junior Ronnie Machado, Jr., loaded the bases with a walk. In the next at-bat, Aure drove in Hnilo from with a groundout to third. Strombach followed with a single off the glove of Rainbow first baseman Andrew Sansaver to score two more runs.
Hendon (1-2) earned his first win after allowing one run (none earned) on three hits while walking none and striking out one in 5.0 innings of work. Senior Renecke Stelzriede registered his third save of the season after pitching 4.0 innings of relief.
Keahi Rawlins (1-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits while walking four and striking out one in 4.0 innings.
Sacramento State and Hawai''i will conclude its two-game series on Wednesday, April 7, at 9:35 PST. The Hornets will next face Hawai''i-Hilo for a five game set this weekend. The opener will be a doubleheader on Friday, April 9 (5 p.m. PST) at F. K. Wong Stadium in Hilo. The series will shift to Simmons'' Field at Kialua-Kona with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 10 (2 p.m. PST) before the finale on Sunday, April 11, at 5 p.m PST.