SACRAMENTO, Calif. — David Del Grande drove in a career high four runs and Chris Lewis continued his torrid pace with three hits to lift Sacramento State to a 7-0 win over Simpson on Tuesday at John Smith Field.
The Hornets (19-14) have now won four in a row and six of their last seven games. Three Sacramento State pitchers, led by seven innings from starter Zach Morgan (3-2) combined for the shutout. The victory follows Sunday's 1-0 win over Texas State and gave the team its first back-to-back shutout wins in the Div. I era. Sacramento State last blanked opponents in two straight on Feb. 20, 1988 when it beat Cal State East Bay (then Cal State Hayward), 8-0, in both games of a doubleheader.
On Tuesday, the Hornets struck first with a run in the second inning. Justin Higley lined a ball to right field which got past the right fielder and moved to third where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Del Grande.
The lead expanded in the sixth inning when Del Grande cleared the bases with a three-run double down the left field line which rolled into the corner. The final two runs came on a single from Lewis in the seventh and an Andrew Ayers single in the eighth.
Lewis' three-hit day raised his season average to .357. The redshirt freshman also pushed his hitting steak to 10 games and his reached base safely streak to 24 games. During the hitting streak, Lewis is 19-for-34 (.559) while driving in nine runs and scoring six.
Ayers and Rhys Hoskins each had a pair of hits. Hoskins' singles now give him at least one hit in the last seven games.
Harold Adams and Jody Robertson each had two hits to pace the Red Hawks (3-31). Cameron Imhoff (0-9) took the loss after throwing 6.2 innings with 10 hits and five earned runs.
The Hornets will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., to face New Mexico State in a three-game series which runs Friday-Sunday. Sacramento State is 5-4 in Western Athletic Conference games and is one game behind UT Arlington and CSU Bakersfield.