CROSBY AND DYE LEAD BASEBALL TO 7-4 WIN OVER PACIFIC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Blake Crosby and Montana Dye each had three hits to help lead Sacramento State to a 7-4 win over Pacific, Tuesday afternoon. The win improved the Hornets to 6-13 while the Tigers dropped to 5-14-1.
Sacramento State jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Patrick Cummins opened the inning with a walk and moved to third on a single from Crosby. Ryan Blair followed with a long fly ball just past a diving David Flaherty to score Cummins. Gabe Jacobo kept the rally going with a single to left which plated Crosby. The Hornets closed out the inning with an RBI ground out from Devin Spurling and single to right from Dye.
The Tigers, who were limited to just three hits through the first four innings against starter John Schlager, scored their first two runs in the fifth. A leadoff double by Flaherty and a one-out double from Jason Joines plated the first run. Adam Ching then drove in Joines with a single to left. With runners on first and second junior Billy Sinacori came on in relief of Schlager to record the final out of the inning.
Sacramento State answered back with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Crosby singled and Jacobo was hit by a pitch to set the table for Dye. The senior singled to right scoring one run and moving Jacobo to third. Jacobo later crossed the plate on a wild pitch from Curtis Pasma.
Dye added his third RBI of the game in the seventh inning with a single up the middle to score Nick Jiles.
Justin Baum hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning for Pacific’s final runs of the game.
Sinacori earned his first win of the season after throwing 2.1 innings of no-hit relief. Senior Mitch Lively came on to pitch the ninth and notch his fourth save of the season. Pasma dropped to 0-2 with the loss.
Offensively, five different Hornets combined for the team’s 11 hits. Jacobo and Brett Tanigawa each added two hits to go along with Crosby and Dye.
Pacific was led by Joe Oliveira and Baum who each had two hits.
Sacramento State will return to Western Athletic Conference play on Friday as the team starts a three-game series against New Mexico State. Friday and Saturday’s games will begin at 6 p.m. and Sunday’s contest will start at 11 a.m. from Las Cruces, N.M.