NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- For the second-straight day, the Cal State Northridge baseball team used late-inning heroics to defeat Sacramento State. On Sunday, the Matadors scored five runs in the eighth inning to break a 7-7 tie and complete the series sweep with a 12-7 victory.
The win improved CSN to 29-13 overall and 9-3 in Big West Conference games. The Hornets fell to 15-22 overall and 0-12 in league action.
The Matadors broke the game open with behind a two-RBI double from Jason Gorman and a two-RBI single from Jason Allec.
Northridge jumped on the board first with three runs in the first, highlighted by another two-run double from Allec. The catcher would finish the day 3-for-4 at the plate with a game-high four RBI.
Sacramento State answered back with three runs in the third and then took the lead, 5-3, with two more runs in the fourth inning. The Hornets extended the lead to 6-3 on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Brett LeVier that scored center fielder Tim Reimer.
Relievers Scott Robertson and Phil Polanco gave the Matadors time to climb back with the two combining to hold the Hornets to two runs in the final six innings. Robertson allowed only one unearned run on four hits in two innings before Polanco finished the game by holding Sacramento State to three hits while striking out six in four innings of work.
The Hornets received the bulk of their offense from the seven and eight hitters in their lineup with third baseman Pedro Santiago and first baseman Danny Gil both putting together solid games. Santiago went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI while Gil finished 2-for-4 with with two runs, two RBI and a home run.
Northridge collected 14 hits on the day and had four players with multiple hit games. Senior Shaun Larkin ended the game with two RBI and a run scored while going 2-for-3 with a walk while sophomore Ryan Haag collected three runs, an RBI and three walks to join Allec and Gorman.
Sacramento State returns home to host Santa Clara on Tuesday, April 23. The game will start at 2:30 p.m.