LEVIER'S THREE-RUN BLAST LIFTS BASEBALL TO 12-11 WIN OVER NO. 24 ARIZONA
Sophomore Bret LeVier''s three-run homer in the top of the ninth erased an 11-9 deficit as the Sacramento State baseball team defeated 24th-ranked Arizona, 12-11, Monday afternoon at a windy Frank Sancet Field. The Hornets raised their record to 21-16 on the season while the Wildcats fell to 26-13. Sacramento State is now 2-2 versus Pac-10 opponents this year.
Sacramento State jumped out to an early 1-0 win in the second inning after a sacrifice fly by senior Tim Reimer. Sophomore Matt Wilson opened the inning with a base hit that deflected off of Wildcat starter Joe Little. LeVier would follow with a base hit bunt to first base. With one out, both runners would advance a base after a wild pitch by Little and LeVier would score from third after Reimer hit a fly ball to right field.
The Hornets would add three more runs in the third after a three-run homer by junior Cliff Hinkle. Junior Chris Kinsey led off the inning with a double to left field. After junior Mikela Olsen struck out swinging, junior Jesse Schmidt drew a walk to put two men on with one out. In the next at-bat, Hinkle drove a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to put the Hornets up 4-0.
Arizona exploded for six runs in the bottom of the third after a bases loaded walk by Moises Duran, a three-run double by Brian Anderson, a sacrifice fly by Jeff Van Houten and an RBI single by Nick Hundley.
Sacramento State would tie the contest at 6-6 after a wild pitch by Wildcat reliever Pat Lawler and an RBI single by Kinsey. Reimer led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to third on a failed pick-off attempt by catcher Tim Hundley. Sophomore Everet Rincon would then draw a walk and steal second base. On the steal, Hundley''s throw was not received at second and Reimer scored from third on the play. After a wild pitch by Lawler put Rincon on third, Kinsey followed with an RBI single to left.
The Hornet would recapture the lead, 7-6, in the fifth after a passed ball with the base loaded. Wilson led off the inning with a base hit to center. LeVier would then reach safely after a fielding error by third baseman Brad Boyer. In the next at-bat, freshman Jim Strombach faked a bunt and slapped a bouncer over the head of Boyer. Shortstop Moises Duran fielded the ball and forced Wilson at third but his attempt to get Strombach at first sailed wide right, allowing LeVier and Strombach to reach second and third with one out. After Reimer drew a walk to load the bases, Hundley allowed a pitch to go through his legs that allowed LeVier to score from third.
The Wildcats would answer in the bottom of the inning after consecutive RBI singles by Terrence Taylor and Boyer to make it 8-7.
Sacramento State would even the score for the second time in the contest after a solo home run by Schmidt. With two outs, Schmidt fell behind 0-2 and fouled off three-consecutive pitches before sending the opposite field drive over the left field wall.
Arizona made it an 11-8 contest in the seventh after a three-run home run by Duran to left center with two outs.
The Hornets would take the lead for the last time after scoring four runs on four hits, highlighted by LeVier''s three-run homer.
Junior Renecke Stelzriede (3-2) earned the win after allowing no hits while striking out two in two innings.
Brian Pemble (2-2) was tagged with the loss after four runs on four hits while striking out one and walking one in two-thirds of work.
Schmidt, a native of San Diego, extended his team-high hitting streak to 20 games after going two-for-three. He is currently third in the Hornet record book and two games behind Casey Simpson (22) for the program lead.
Wilson led the Hornet offense after finishing 4-for-5 from the plate. Kinsey (2-for-6) and LeVier (2-for-5) also finished with multiple his for the squad.
The Wildcats committed six errors in the contest.
The Hornets will next travel to Shreveport, La., for a three-game series with Centenary beginning on Wednesday, April 16, at 5 p.m, in Shehee Stadium.