Junior John Acha''s RBI single and sophomore Bret LeVier''s three-run homer capped a four-run 11th inning as the Sacramento State baseball team defeated Centenary, 12-9, in extra-innings Thursday evening at Shehee Stadium. The Hornets are now 23-16 overall while the Gents dropped to 19-25. Sacramento State pounded out 12 runs and 19 hits in the contest. The Hornets have now won three-consecutive road games for the first time since May of 2001.
Sacramento State took the first lead of the contest with a run in the first. Senior Tim Reimer led off the inning with a walk and then moved to third after a base hit to center by junior Chris Kinsey. After fouling off three consecutive pitches with a 3-2 count, junior Mikela Olsen laced a single to center to give the Hornets a 1-0 advantage.
Centenary would take their first lead of the series in the second ining after an RBI double by Jon Marshall and a sacrifice fly by J.W. Pate gave the Gents a 2-1 advantage.
Hornets would even the score at 2-2 in the third after an RBI double by Olsen to right field. Reimer led off the inning with a single to center and then advanced to second after a groudout to third by LeVier. With two outs, Olsen hit a shot that bounced past first baseman Patrick Jolley to score Reimer from second.
The Gents would take a 3-2 lead after an RBI single by Alex Valdivia.
Sacramento State regained the lead in the fourth after an RBI single by LeVier and a two-run single by Olsen made it 5-3.
Centenary would recapture the lead 6-5 in the bottom half of the frame after an RBI single by Jolley, a run-scoring throwing error by LeVier and a sacrifice fly by Valvidia.
The Gents increased their lead to 8-5 in the sixth when Justin Darr and Kyle Heaverlo each recorded RBI singles.
The Hornets would cut the lead to 8-7 after a wild pitch by Centenary starter Adam Oakley and an RBI double by sophomore Matt Wilson. Olsen led off the inning with a single to center and then moved to third on a double by junior Jesse Schmidt down the right field line. After Olsen scored on a wild pitch by Oakley, Aaron Cunningham came in relief and allowed a double to left field by Wilson on his third pitch.
Sacramento State evened the contest at 8-8 in the ninth after an RBI single by Acha. Wilson led off the inning with a single to center and then gave way to freshman Aaron Powell as a pinch runner. Junior Bobby Ciani was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. After junior Cliff Hinkle struck out swinging, Acha drove in Powell from second with a base hit to center. The Hornets had an opportunity to take the lead but Ciani was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Bobby Gilliam after a single by LeVier.
In the 11th, Powell was hit by Gent reliever Kevin Willborn and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ciani. After freshman Brian Blauser drew a walk, Acha hit a ball through the left side to score Powell from second. After a flyout to center by Reimer, LeVier hit a towering shot over the left field wall to put the game out of reach. For LeVier, it was his sixth home run of the season and his third game deciding homer.
Centenary would rally for one run in the bottom of the 11th after an RBI single by Gilliam but Kinsey would close the door.
Kinsey (5-2) earned the win after allowing one run on two hits while striking out two and walking one in three innings of relief.
Kevin Willborn (2-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing four run on five hits in three innings of work.
Schmidt, a native of San Diego, tied the Hornet record for consecutive games with a hit (22) after finishing three-for-six. The Palomar JC transfer is now tied with Casey Simpson for the program lead. Simpson accomplished the feat from March 29-May 2 during the 1992 season. Schmidt began his streak with a 1-for-2 performance against UC Davis on March 11.
Olsen (4-for-6) and LeVier (3-for-6) each recorded four RBI to lead the Hornet offense. Acha finished 2-for-2 with two RBI.
The two teams will play the final game of the three-game series on Friday, April 18, at 11 a.m.