SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior Kyle Moses and freshman Devin Lehman each hit 2-run home runs and the Hornets scored five runs in the first before tacking on five more scores late in a 10-2 win on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of Texas-Pan American.
Sacramento State (13-9, 3-0 WAC) swept its first conference series of the year for the second consecutive season while Texas-Pan American (10-11, 0-3 WAC) dropped to 1-9 this season on the road.
Lehman had a career-best game going 3-for-3 with a walk, three RBIs, and two runs scored including his first career homer. Moses hit a home run on a 2-0 count in the eighth inning for the second consecutive day after his 3-run blast on Saturday broke a late tie.
UTPA pushed across a two-out run in the top of the first before the Hornets reciprocated with five runs with two outs in the bottom of the inning, totaling five hits and a walk with an RBI single from freshman PJ Floyd, a two-run double from junior Dane Fujinaka, and the two-run shot by Lehman.
Texas-Pan American starter Ryan Jackson kept the damage to five runs into the sixth inning but his team still trailed 5-2. In the sixth the Hornets got a run on a failed pick off attempt by Jackson that allowed Lehman to score from second. In the following inning Sacramento State tacked on two more runs with sophomore Brandon Hunley stealing third and scoring on a throwing error by Broncs catcher Jacob Huckabay and Lehman driving in Floyd with a single.
For good measure Moses added his two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth. The Hornets were actually out-hit by the Broncs 12-9 for the game, but all 12 UTPA hits were singles while the Hornets had two doubles and the two home runs among their nine hits.
Sacramento State pitchers also did not issue a single walk in the game while four UTPA pitchers totaled six walks and a hit batter. The visitors also committed three errors in the game allowing three unearned runs.
Hornet sophomore Justin Dillon got the start and allowed just one run in four innings. Senior Ty Nichols pitched the next three innings and earned his first win of the year after allowing just three singles and striking out three. Sophomore Austin Ragsdale and junior Tyler Beardsley each threw scoreless innings to conclude the game.
Jackson was tagged with six runs (five earned) allowing seven hits and five walks over six innings and the Hornets plated four runs (two earned) off three UTPA relievers. Floyd went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored for Sacramento State as all nine starting position players reached base in the game, with junior Nathan Lukes drawing two walks as he was now reached base in all 22 games this year.
Four UTPA players had multi-hit games, including a 3-for-4 line from right fielder Correy Davis, but the Broncs stranded 11 men on base and hit just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Over the three-game series the Sacramento State pitching staff combined for a 2.33 ERA while holding the Broncs to a .238 batting average with 11 strikeouts and just two walks issued. The Hornets also did not allow a stolen base in the series, and offensively hit .286 with four homers, six doubles, and two triples.
The Hornets play Nevada for the second consecutive week on Tuesday, this time facing the Wolf Pack in Reno at 4 p.m.