Junior Jesse Schmidt hit two home runs and junior Chris Kinsey struck out 11 batters as the Sacramento State baseball team defeated Nevada, 14-4, Tuesday afternoon at Peccole Park. The Hornets won their season-best fourth-consecutive game while improving to 20-15 on the season. The Wolf Pack dropped to 17-16. The win also improved Sacramento State to 3-11 on the road.
Sacramento State ran Nevada starter Chris Scott early after recording four runs and six hits in the first inning. Senior Tim Reimer led off with a triple to left center and then scored when sophomore Everet Rincon grounded out to short. Kinsey would then hit a single up the middle and junior Mikela Olsen would follow with his team-high 11th home run of the season over the left center wall. In the next at-bat, Schmidt hit a drive over the right field wall to end the Hornets'' scoring. Olsen and Schmidt''s homers marked the second time this season that the duo have hit back-to-back round trippers.
The Hornets made it a 7-0 contest in the fourth after a two-run home run by Reimer and a run-scoring wild pitch by Scott Gilbertson. With two outs in the inning, freshman Jim Strombach reached on a bunt down the first-base line. Reimer followed with a drive over the left field wall for his first homer of the season. In the next at-bat, Rincon hit a triple to right center and would later score on a wild pitch by Gilbertson.
Nevada scored their first run of the contest in the fourth after a base hit by Jacob Butler and a fielding error by Schmidt. With two outs, Erick Streelman hit a base hit up the middle. Butler followed with a single to right that got past Schmidt, allowing Steelman to score from first.
Sacramento State would score four more runs in the fifth after a two-run homer by Schmidt, a fielding error by Butler and a wild pitch by Brandon Gottier. Olsen led off the inning with a base hit to center field and Schmidt followed with his second home run of the contest, this time to left center. After a single to left by sophomore Matt Wilson with one out, sophomore Bret LeVier hit a double down the left field line that got passed Butler, allowing Wilson to score from first. Schmidt is now second on the squad with seven homers on the season.
The Wolf Pack would cut the lead to 11-4 in the seventh after solo home runs to left field by pinch hitters Tony Cappuccilli andTaylor Pullings and center fielder Chris Gimenez.
The Hornets would pushed the lead back to 14-4 in the eighth after an RBI single by junior John Acha and a two-run single by LeVier.
Kinsey (4-3) earned the win after allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out 11 and walking only one in eight innings of work.
Scott (0-1) earned the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in one inning.
Schmidt, a native of San Diego, extended his team-high hitting streak to 18 games after finishing 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI. He is now tied for third in the Hornet record book and is four games behind Casey Simpson (22, 1992) for the program lead. Olsen, a native of Oakhurst, Calif., extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 games after going 3-for-6 with three runs and two RBI. LeVier (3-for-5), Reimer (2-for-5), Strombach (2-for-4) and Wilson (2-for-5) also led the squad.
Sacramento State will next face No. 4 Stanford for a home-and-home series beginning on Friday, April 11, at 6 p.m at Sunken Diamond. The two teams will complete their two-game set on Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m at Hornet Field.