BELLEVUE, Wash. — Seattle scored in six different innings and held off a late charge by Sacramento State on Sunday to win the final game of the series, 10-7, at Bannerwood Park.
The loss snapped the Hornets' five game winning streak and lowered the team's record to 29-19 overall and 12-9 in Western Athletic Conference games. Despite the loss, the Hornets were still able to win the three-game series, 2-1. The team also remained just two games behind CSU Bakersfield for the lead in the WAC with six games remaining.
The Redhawks (19-28, 8-12) collected 15 hits in the game, including 11 off starter Tanner Mendonca who dropped to 2-4 with the loss. The team also took advantage of an erratic Hornet defense which was charged with three errors. Those errors directly led to three unearned runs.
Both teams were active in the early going as Seattle scored a run on three hits in the bottom of the first before Andrew Ayers tied the game with his eighth home run of the season to lead off the top of the second. That run marked the last time the Hornets were tied during the game as the Redhawks scored one in the second, two in the fourth, one in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the seventh.
The big sixth inning began with a hit batter on an 0-2 pitch who came in on a double down the right field line by Landon Cray. A groundout and walk put runners on the corners before a ground ball to short gave the Hornets the opportunity to get out of the inning with a double play. Instead, the throw to first was offline which allowed a run to score. It also kept the inning alive for Steve Kirbach who deposited the first pitch he saw over the right field fence.
Sacramento State posted four runs of its own in the top of the seventh to make the score 9-6. Back-to-back errors by the second baseman put runners on first and third for the Hornets before Kyle Moses doubled to left to drive in a run. After a pitching change, Chris Lewis homered to left for his third round tripper of the season.
Seattle tacked on a run in the bottom of the seventh and the Hornets scored one in the ninth to end the game's scoring. The Hornets had the tying run at the plate with
Ayers and Moses each had three hits for Sacramento State and Nathan Lukes and Justin Higley added a pair. The top six in the Hornet lineup accounted for all 12 hits for the team as the bottom three finished 0-for-8. That trio, however, did score three of the team's seven runs.
Eight of the nine starters for the Redhawks recorded a hit with Cray going 4-for-5 to lead the way.
Sacramento State will play at UC Davis in Tuesday at 2:30 pm. before hosting San Jose State in a three-game WAC series running Friday through Sunday.