SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Senior Zach Morgan tossed eight innings of scoreless baseball and Sacramento State made the most of its five hits in a 3-0 victory over Saint Mary's at John Smith Field on Tuesday.
The Hornets (23-17) scored one in the first and two in the fifth en route to defeating the Gaels (14-26) for the third time this season.
Morgan (4-2) was masterful in the start, scattering four hits with two walks and two strikeouts while only throwing 85 pitches. The senior allowed two runners on base only once — in the second — but was aided by one of three doubles plays turned by Sacramento State to erase a first and third situation. That inning marked the final time that Saint Mary's had a runner reach second base during the game.
"Having had to travel back-to-back weekends and with guys being a little fatigued, it was huge for (Morgan) to come out and give us that kind of effort," Sacramento State head coach Reggie Christiansen said.
Freshman Sutter McLoughlin, who was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Stopper of the Year watch list earlier in the day, picked up his 10th save of the season. That save tied Michael Penbera's school Div. I-era record for single season saves and places McLoughlin just one away from Mike Frame's overall school record of 11.
Sacramento State's first run was set up by Will Soto's third triple in as many games. The junior hammered a ball to right center that deflected off the glove of the diving right fielder on the warning track. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Rhys Hoskins.
Hoskins started the team's next rally with a leadoff walk in the fifth. He moved to second on a sac bunt and eventually took third on a groundout.With two outs. David Del Grande singled to left field to drive in Hoskins. Del Grande then stole second and scored on Nathan Lukes's single to left.
"David's huge for us at the top of the order," Christiansen said of his center fielder who had a pair of hits. "He looked good in batting practice and it carried over."
Sacramento State continues its busy week with a game at San Francisco on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
NOTES: The shutout was the seventh of the year for Sacramento State…Del Grade became the first Hornet to steal two bases in a game this year…Chris Lewis had his 30-game reach base streak end on Tuesday…the game was just the third that Lewis did not reach base safely this season in 40 contests…the game was completed in 1:41.
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