BASEBALL DROPS FIRST OF THREE-GAME SET TO ARIZONA
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Sacramento State baseball team mustered seven hits but stranded nine runners in a 5-0 loss to Arizona on Friday, Mar. 19 at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 6-9, while the Wildcats improve to 14-4.
Arizona led off the scoring in the bottom of the first with an RBI sacrifice fly from catcher Jett Bandy and a RBI single from designated hitter Bobby Rinard, taking a 2-0 lead. The lead increased to 4-0 in the bottom of the second as centerfielder Joey Rickard hit a two-run homer to left field, his third of the year.
The Hornets put runners on first and second with two outs in both the fifth and sixth innings, but were unable to break into the scoring column. Arizona added a run in the bottom of the sixth, and were threatening to add more, but junior reliever Mike Guglielmo got out of the jam, striking out Bandy looking and forcing cleanup man Steve Selsky to ground out to second.
Sacramento State was unable to take advantage of baserunners in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, and fell by a final score of 5-0.
Kurt Heyer (3-0) picked up the win for the Wildcats, combining for a shutout with fellow freshman Nick Cunningham. Heyer allowed seven hits and two walks in 7.1 innings pitched, striking out five batters. Junior Logan Todd (1-1) allowed five runs on 11 hits, walking one and striking out one in 5.1 innings. Guglielmo allowed just one hit without surrendering a walk, striking out two batters in 2.2 innings ptiched.
Senior Josh Powers and junior Jake Chilton led the Hornets with two hits apiece, while three other players contributed a lone hit each.
Junior Derrick Chung was hit by a pitch in the top of the fourth and left the game due to injury.
The Hornets will take on the Wildcats in game two of the three-game series on Saturday, Mar. 20 at 2 p.m. Sacramento State sophomore righthander Jesse Darrah (1-2) is scheduled to take the hill, opposite Wildcat lefthander Bryce Bandilla (2-1).