Senior Jack Arroyo finished 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBI and freshman Billy Sinacori earned his second-consecutive save to lead the Sacramento State baseball team to a 10-8 win over San Diego State, Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Sacramento State is now 2-0 on the year while San Diego State fell to 3-4. The win marked the first time the Hornets opened a season 2-0 against a Div. I opponent since joining the Div. I rank in 1990.
The Hornets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second after a two-run single by Arroyo and RBI singles by juniors Craig Johnson and John Acha. With two outs, junior Buddy Morales doubled to left and then advanced to third on a fielding error at first. After junior Ronnie Machado, Jr. walked, Arroyo hit a shot through the hole in left to drive in two runs. In the next at-bat, Johnson singled up the middle to score Machado, Jr. Acha followed with a single to left to end the scoring for the Hornets.
San Diego State evened the score in the bottom of the inning after an RBI groundout by Curt Mendoza, a two-run homer by Chad Corona and an RBI single by James Guerrero
The Aztecs took their first lead of the contest 6-4 in the bottom of the third when Corona drove in a run with a double and Sam Pepper recorded an RBI single
Sacramento State evened the score (6-6) after a sacrifice fly by junior John Acha and an RBI double by junior Brett Flowers. With one out, Arroyo singled to center field and then advanced to third after a fielding error at short. With two runners on, Acha hit a drive to right to score Arroyo from third. In the next at-bat, Flowers put a ball in the right-center gap to even the contest.
San Diego State regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth after a single to left by Mendoza scored Rielly Embree from third.
The Hornets evened the score in the top of the sixth after a single by Flowers drove in Johnson from second base. Sacramento State recaptured the lead (8-7) in the top of the seventh when Johnson drew a bases loaded walk from Daryl Harang with two outs.
The Aztecs tied the game again in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI double to left-center field by Jake McLintock.
Sacramento State took the lead for good in the top of the ninth when sophomore Jim Strombach hit a solo home run to left field with one out and Arroyo drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field. For Strombach, a native of Aiea, Hawaii, it was the first home run of his Hornet career.
Senior Andy Mohr (1-0) earned the win after allowing only one run on one hit while walking three and striking out one in two innings. Freshman Billy Sinacori tallied his second-consecutive save despite walking the first two batters to start the ninth inning. The Auburn, Calif., native allowed no hits while striking out a batter to seal the win.
Harang (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out one in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
Johnson, a native of Porterville, Calif., went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and two RBI while Flowers and Acha each finished 2-for-5 with two RBI to also contribute to the Hornet offense.
Sacramento State and San Diego State will look to sweep San Diego State for the first time since 1993 on Sunday, Feb. 1, at noon. After taking a day off, the Hornets will host their home opener against San Francisco on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m.