GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Kyle Moses' solo home run in the eighth inning was the only tally for Sacramento State in a 7-1 loss to CSU Bakersfield at the WAC Tournament on Thursday at QuikTrip Park.
The two teams battled through the first five innings before the Roadrunners (37-21) were able to pull away. CSUB scored the game's first run in the third inning when Tyler Shryock scored from third on a wild pitch. The run was manufactured with two outs and no one on base when Shryock singled through the right side of the infield. After a walk to Dylan Christensen, Cael Brockmeyer was hit by a pitch to load the bases before the wild pitch.
The 1-0 lead was held by CSU Bakersfield starter Jonathan Montoya who limited the Hornets to two hits in five innings. Montoya, however, did have five walks during his outing but did not allow a runner to reach third base.
The Roadrunners scored two additional runs in the sixth without a hard hit ball. Mylz Jones began the inning with a chopper that deflected off the glove of reliever Ty Nichols. Three consecutive walks plated the first run and the second scored on a sacrifice fly to center.
Bakersfield's big inning came in the eighth with three runs on three hits. The team added a single run in the ninth.
Moses put the Hornets on the board with a leadoff home run in the eighth inning. The sophomore, who earned the start in left field, drove the ball just over the left field wall for his first career home run.
Sacramento State used six pitchers in the game but the group combined for a season high 12 walks, hit three batters and had four wild pitches. Tanner Mendonca fell to 2-6 with the loss after allowing a run and four hits in five innings. Jason Hampton made his first appearance since 2010 by pitching the ninth where he struck out two while giving up one run.
The Hornets had just four hits as a team, with two coming in the eighth inning. Along with Moses' home run, Andrew Ayers added a double and Nathan Lukes and Will Soto each singled.
Sacramento State will play its final game of the year on Saturday at 9 a.m. PDT against San Jose State.
NOTES: Chris Lewis did not play for the first time this season due to a sprained ankle…the team's five-game losing streak is the longest of the year…the Hornets were eliminated from winning the pool prior to the start of the game after UTSA defeated SJSU, 13-3, in eight innings…UTSA will play CSUB to decide the pool winner on Friday.
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