BASEBALL SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER WITH No. 16 ARIZONA
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Sacramento State baseball team split its doubleheader against 16th-ranked Arizona with a 9-8 win in game one and a 5-2 loss in game two, Saturday afternoon at Kindall Field. The first game was postponed from Friday, Mar. 5, due to the Hornets late arrival into Tucson because of inclimate weather on the west coast.
Sacramento State is now 11-10 on the year while the Wildcats improved to 8-6-1. The Hornets are now 2-4 against the Pac-10 this season.
In game one, the Hornets scored two runs in the top of the ninth to record the 9-8 come-from-behind victory. Arizona had led by a score of 5-0 after four innings.
The Wildcats took a 4-0 lead in the second inning when Bill Rhinehart hit a two-run home run to right field and Moises Duran recorded an RBI single to left center. Arizona increased its lead to 5-0 in the fourth when Duran tallied another RBI single, this time to center field.
Sacramento State made it a 5-4 game in the top of the sixth when sophomore Brian Blauser hit an RBI double to left center and later scored on a fielding error by shortstop Jason Donald before junior Buddy Morales hit a two-run homer. For Morales, a native of West Covina, Calif., it was his first round tripper of the year.
The Hornets took a 7-5 lead in the seventh after senior Jack Arroyo hit a solo homer to left center, junior Ronnie Machado, Jr., scored on a throwing error by Koley Kolberg and Blauser hit an RBI single to center field. For Arroyo, a native of Manteca, Calif., it was his fourth home run of the season.
Arizona battled back to tie the game 7-7 with a run in the seventh and eighth inning. In the seventh, Donald drove in a run with a single through the left side. In the eighth, Duran drew a bases loaded walk to drive in a run before senior Renecke Stelzriede got Donald to pop to second to end the rally.
Sacramento State made it 9-7 in the ninth when junior Craig Johnson scored on throwing error by Mark Melancon and junior Bret Levier drove in a run with an bunt single back to the mound.
The Wildcats got one run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Jordan Brown but Stelzriede got John Hardy to foul out down the right-field line to end the game.
Stelzriede (3-0) earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two in 2.0 innings of relief.
Melancon (3-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits while walking two and striking out three in 2.1 innings of work.
In game two, Trevor Crowe finished 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run and two RBI as the Wildcats held off a late Hornet rally to win 5-2.
Sacramento State took a 1-0 lead in the first after Johnson homered to center field. For Johnson, a native of Porterville, Calif., it was his third home run of the season.
Arizona gained a 3-1 advantage after scoring runs in the third, fourth and sixth. The Wildcats made it 5-1 in the eighth after Crowe hit a two-run home run to center field after Jeff Van Houten led off the inning with a double.
The Hornets scored a run in the ninth but Derek Rodriguez recorded a strikeout to end the game.
Luis Cortez (2-1) earned the win after allowing two runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out eight in 8.2 innings.
Junior Warren Rosebrock (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out one in 7.0 innings of work.
Sacramento State and Arizona will play the series finale on Sunday, Mar. 7, at 12 p.m. PST.