DAVIS, Calif. – Sacramento State struck for a season-high 19 hits and used a seven-run fourth inning to open a big early lead and cruise to a 15-7 win on Tuesday at UC Davis.
Every Hornet starter had a hit and five had multi-hit days, including a 4-for-5 line with five runs scored and two RBIs from junior Kyle Moses. Junior Rhys Hoskins and senior Will Soto each homered and leadoff hitter Nathan Lukes reached based five times, going 2-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored while extending his WAC season-best hitting streak to 16 games.
Sacramento State (22-14) earned its eighth straight win over UC Davis (16-17) and has defeated the Aggies in nine of the last 10 meetings between the Causeway rivals. The Hornets have also won four straight games in Davis and improved to 7-1 in midweek games this season with the win.
The Hornets loaded the bases in the first inning and scored twice before the Aggies came back with single runs in the first and second innings to even the score. Moses scored on a David Del Grande sacrifice fly in the third inning to put the Hornets up 3-2 and then the floodgates opened in the fourth, as the Hornets sent 10 men to the plate and scored seven runs off five hits and three walks.
The Sacramento State lead remained 10-2 into the seventh inning, when Hoskins unloaded a 3-run home run with Lukes and Moses aboard to put the visitors up 13-2. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh the Aggies strung together a walk, a single, and a hit by pitch to load the bases in front of reserve outfielder Brian Ruhm, who hit a grand slam down the right field line to bring UC Davis to a 13-6 deficit.
After a leadoff single by Moses in the top of the ninth Soto tucked a 2-run shot inside the foul poll in right to extend the lead to 15-6, and though the Aggies manufactured a run in the bottom of the ninth, the result had long since been decided.
Hornet freshman Julian Barron pitched three scoreless innings in relief and earned his first collegiate win while UC Davis starter Max Cordy took the loss after allowing four runs in 3+ innings of work. All six UC Davis pitchers that appeared in the game gave up runs, while all five pitchers the Hornets used were freshmen with Austin Ragsdale also not allowing a run over 1.1 innings.
The four hits and five runs both tied career highs for Moses while Scotty Burcham had his second straight 3-hit game and Hoskins improved on his WAC-leading home run total with his seventh round tripper of the season. Of the 31 combined hits in the game 26 were singles, with UCD totaling 11 singles with just one extra-base hit, the grand slam.
The win earned Sacramento State 2.50 points in the ScholarShare Causeway Cup, with the baseball teams to meet again on May 13 at Raley Field. UC Davis had already clinched the 2013-14 title in the all-sport competition between the rivals, but the win was the fourth straight triumph for the Hornets over the Aggies.
Sacramento State returns home for a WAC series against Utah Valley with games at 3 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday at John Smith Field.