OROZCO, CROSBY LEAD BASEBALL TO 6-0 SHUTOUT OF STANFORD
STANFORD, Calif. — Junior Alvaro Orozco threw his first career shutout and Blake Crosby was 4-for-4 to help lead Sacramento State to a 6-0 win over Stanford, Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.
Sacramento State improved to 9-15 with the win while the Cardinal dropped to 11-9.
Orozco, who has now won his last four starts, improved to 4-2 on the season and gave the Hornets their first shutout since blanking Utah Valley State, 6-0, on March 12, 2006. It was also the team’s first road shutout since May 28, 2003, and the first against a Pac-10 opponent since downing Oregon State, 2-0, on Feb. 15, 1997. The junior allowed seven hits to the Cardinal but did not allow a runner past second base. In fact, only two Stanford players reached second base during the game
Sacramento State scored its first run of the game in the second inning on David Flores’ first home run of the season. The team stretched its lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning. Travis Kirkman opened the inning with a double and was moved to third on a sacrifice from Tim Wheeler. Patrick Cummins followed with a single to left to score the run.
In the seventh, Sacramento State added two more runs. With a runner on first and two outs, Crosby singled through the right side to place runners on first and second. Montana Dye then tripled to right to make the score 4-0. The team tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning. Flores began the inning with an infield single and moved to third on a double down the left field line by Kirkman. After Wheeler lined out to second, Cummins was intentionally walked to load the bases. Crosby answered with a single to center to score Flores and Jacobo followed with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Kirkman.
Crsoby was one of four Hornets to have multiple hits in the game. The sophomore was joined by Flores (who was 3-for-4), Dye (2-for-4) and Kirkman (2-for-4).
The two teams will continue the series on Sunday at Hornet Field in Sacramento. The game will begin at 2 p.m.