BASEBALL SHUT OUT IN FIRST GAME OF RIVER CITY CLASSIC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - San Francisco left-hander Aaron Poreda single-handedly shut out Sacramento State in the first game of the River City Classic on Friday at Hornet Field, holding the Hornets to one hit in his eight innings, and leading the Dons to a 9-0 victory.
In his eight innings on the mound, Poreda allowed just one batter over the minimum. The first batter he faced, Hornet second baseman Patrick Cummins, hit a high chopper down the third base line to lead off the bottom of the first, and that was the last Hornet base runner until the bottom of the ninth.
Poreda (2-1) struck out seven, as Sacramento State falls 2-8 on the year.
Sacramento State falls to 2-8 on the year.
Hornet starter Alvaro Orozco (0-2) pitched 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and five walks. Senior left-hander John Schlager replaced Orozco on the mound in the fourth inning and did not surrender a run until the ninth.
The Dons (6-5) had just a 4-0 lead entering the ninth, but added five insurance runs in the top of the inning off Schlager and senior right-hander Billy Sinacori.
San Francisco was led by Lucas DeLong’s 2-for-3, two-RBI performance. Joey Railey also had two hits in the game, while Alex Massari produced a two-run single in the ninth.
Junior Nick Jiles picked up the second hit for the Hornets in the bottom of the ninth, with a single into shallow center field off Chase Tigert, who closed the ninth for Poreda.
In both the first and ninth innings, Cummins was just 90 feet away from scoring, but was never able to cross the plate.
It was the first time Sacramento State had been shut out this year, and not since an 8-0 loss to Utah Valley State on Mar. 17, 2006.
The Hornets play their second game of the River City Classic tomorrow, hosting Saint Mary’s at 2 p.m. The Gaels will play a doubleheader tomorrow, matching up with ninth-ranked Oregon State at 10 a.m. at Hornet Field.