BELLEVUE, Wash. — Brennan Leitao continued his dominance and the Sacramento State offense backed him with 12 hits in a 7-1 win over Seattle University on Friday night at Bannerwood Park.
The Hornets raised their record to 28-18 overall and 11-8 in the Western Athletic Conference. The win was the team's fourth in a row and sixth in the last seven. Seattle dropped to 18-27 and 7-11.
Leitao threw eight innings, scattering four hits with two walks and four strikeouts to improve to 7-2 on the season. The sophomore has won his last five starts and lowered his overall season ERA to 2.57. Brandon Creel tossed a scoreless ninth.
"Brennan is ultra competitive and fights for everything when he's out there," Sacramento State head coach Reggie Christiansen said. "He didn't throw as many strikes tonight as he usually does but was able to get a few double plays to help."
While pitching remained a strength for the team, the offense continued to swing hot bats as four Hornets had at least two hits. The group was led by freshman designated hitter Chris Lewis who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and drove in a pair of runs.
"Chris is a big part of our offense and has been great for us all year," Christiansen said. "He had a bit of a hiccup last weekend but bounced back tonight and punished the ball all night."
Sophomore Rhys Hoskins had his third multi-hit game in as many chances since moving to the top of the order. Hoskins was 2-for-5 with two doubles and also scored two runs. In fact, the top of the order (Hoskins, Nathan Lukes, Lewis) combined for six of the team's seven runs.
After the Redhawks scored a run in the first inning in a sacrifice fly, Sacramento State tok its first lead with a four-run fifth inning. Hoskins' first double started the rally and he scored on a single from Lewis. Andrew Ayers doubled to plate Nathan Lukes, who had walked, and Will Soto's single drove in Lewis and Ayers.
The Hornets pulled away with three runs in the ninth with a similar look to the fifth. Hoskins, again, had a leadoff double and was moved to third on a single from Lukes. Lewis and Ayers each singled to left to drive in a run and Soto capped the rally with an RBI groundout.
Ted Hammond fell to 3-5 with the loss. Hammond pitched into the fifth inning and was tagged for three runs.
The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m.