SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – One night after senior Brennan Leitao threw eight shutout innings in a 2-0 Hornet win, sophomore Sam Long went the full nine allowing just five hits and no runs as Sacramento State picked up another 2-0 shutout of Cal Poly on Saturday night.
In his third career shutout Long faced just five batters over the minimum, striking out five while not issuing a walk. Of his 105 pitches on the evening 73 were strikes and he was twice able to prevent a runner at third from scoring. Hornet pitchers have combined for 19 straight scoreless innings against the Mustangs dating back to the series opener on Thursday.
Sacramento State (10-7) outhit the Mustangs 11-5 offensively with two extra-base hits but left 10 men on base. Cal Poly (5-11) was shutout for the fourth time this season and the third time in its last four home games.
Senior Scotty Burcham led the charge offensively with a 3-for-4 night with a triple and scored both Hornet runs. Sophomore Brandon Hunley went 2-for-4 with a stolen base as eight of the nine Hornet starters had a hit in the contest.
The Hornets got the only run that Long needed before he even took the mound. In the top of the first Burcham laced a one-out triple down the right field line and junior Nathan Lukes brought him home on a groundout to first.
Cal Poly had a one-out double in the third inning and got a runner to third in both the fourth and sixth innings but could not score. In the eighth, Burcham led off with a single, junior Chris Lewis followed with a single, and freshman Vinny Esposito knocked home Burcham with a single to right center.
In the bottom of the eighth Cal Poly got a lead-off single but nothing more. Long came back out in the ninth inning and needed just 11 pitches for a groundout, a strikeout, and a fly out to end the game.
Cal Poly freshman Kyle Smith had his best collegiate start in a losing cause, going seven innings and allowing just one run on six hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. The Hornets got the insurance run and totaled five hits in two innings pitched by two Cal Poly relievers.
Long is now 4-0 in his four starts this season with a 1.69 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, and a .185 opposing batting average. He has totaled 14 strikeouts and just three walks, having not allowed more than one walk or more than five hits in any game this year.
Sacramento State will go for the series win over Cal Poly as it concludes its final non-conference series of the year on Sunday at 1 p.m.