HAWAII MAKES MOST OF ITS OPPORTUNITIES IN 9-6 WIN OVER BASEBALL
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sophomore Gabe Jacobo had three hits to lead Sacramento State but it was not enough in a 9-6 loss to Hawaii, Thursday afternoon at Hornet Field. The win improved the Rainbows to 23-11 overall and 4-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Hornets dropped to 9-21 overall and 4-6 in league games.
Hawaii took a 6-0 lead in the second inning with four hits and the help of two Sacramento State errors. Kris Sanchez opened the inning with a walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Vinnie Catricala followed with a double to score Sanchez and later moved to third on a single from Landon Hernandez. Hornet starter Tommy Gonzales then hit Eli Christiansen to load the bases before walking Jonathan Hee to make the score, 2-0.
John Schlager came on in relief and immediately recorded an out on a fly ball from Derek DuPree which scored one run. Schlager then popped up Justin Frash but the ball tailed away from Jacobo and glanced off his glove for an error which loaded the bases. Brandon Haislet looked to hit a double-play ball but an error by Pat Cummins allowed a run to score and kept the inning alive. Sanchez made the Hornets pay with a two-run single.
Sacramento State scored its first run in the bottom of the third. David Flores led off with a single, stole second, and later scored on a double from Tim Wheeler. The Hornets continued their momentum in the fifth inning with a leadoff home run from Flores — his second of the year. The team made the score 6-4 in the sixth inning with a pair of runs. Montana Dye doubled to right and moved to third on a single from Jacobo. Blake Crosby plated Dye with a sacrifice fly and Jeff Hannah recorded a pinch-hit single to score Jacobo.
The Rainbows answered back with three runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Haislet doubled to left center and was followed by a single from Sanchez. Kevin Mcdonald was walked to load the bases before the Hornets turned to Tyler Axelrod. Axelord induced a ground ball to third for the first out, but gave up a run in exchange. A ground ball to short froze the runners for the second out of the inning but a third ground ball just eluded Axelrod’s glove and bounced into center field to score two more runs.
The final runs came in the eighth inning. With one out, Jacobo singled to left and moved to second on a single from Crosby, which capped a 12-pitch at-bat. Hannah pulled a ball down the first-base line to score Jacobo and Travis Kirkman drove in Hannah.
Hawaii’s Ian Harrington earned the win and improved to 5-5. Harrington threw 5.2 innings and allowed seven hits and four earned runs. Gonzales took the loss for his first decision of the season. The freshman lasted 1.1 innings before leaving with two hits, three earned runs and three walks. Jayson Kramer picked up his second save of the season following 1.2 innings of shutout work.
Jacobo was one of four Hornets with multiple hits. The sophomore increased his team-leading total to eight three-hit games this season. Hannah, Flores and Kirkman each added two hits.
The series will continue on Friday at 2 p.m.