RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UC Riverside scored runs in six or its eight offensive innings to make up for four defensive errors and tally a 9-1 win on Friday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.
The Highlanders (7-6) got on the board first with a pair of runs in the second inning off three hits, a walk, and a Hornet error. Sacramento State (7-7) cut its deficit to one run in the top of third as sophomore Chris Lewis drove home sophomore Nathan Lukes with a sacrifice fly, but that would be the only Hornet run in the game.
The Hornets trailed just 2-1 going to the bottom of the fourth before UC Riverside scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to go up 4-1. The home team put the game out of reach in the sixth with three hits, a walk, and a hit batter to tally three runs. Single runs in the seventh and eighth innings gave UC Riverside its final tally.
Starter Jacob Smigelski earned the win for the Highlanders, allowing just one unearned run on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts over seven innings. Junior Ty Nichols took the loss for Sacramento State though he allowed just three earned runs over five innings.
Junior Rhys Hoskins led the Hornets offensively with two hits in four at-bats while five other Sacramento State players had single hits, with a ninth inning double by redshirt freshman Ryan Locke the only extra-base hit. Four Highlanders had two-hit games while their nine runs scored were driven in by seven different payers.
Sacramento State will face UC Riverside again on Sunday, but on Saturday the Hornets play West Virginia in a neutral site contest in Riverside at 1 p.m.