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BASEBALL RALLIES IN THE NINTH INNING, BEATS SAN FRANCISCO 7-4

BASEBALL RALLIES IN THE NINTH INNING, BEATS SAN FRANCISCO 7-4

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Trailing 4-3 in the ninth inning Sacramento State pushed across four runs on RBI singles from freshman Dan Deely and junior Chris Lewis and junior Sutter McLoughlin set down the Dons in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-4 Hornet win on Tuesday afternoon.

The Hornets loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning on a USF error, an infield single, and a hit batter. Deely singled through the left side to bring in junior Nathan Lukes and pinch runner Josh Egan to put the Hornets ahead. USF closer Travis Ulvestad then threw a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third and Lewis drove in Deely and freshman Vinny Esposito with a single to center.

San Francisco got the first two men aboard with singles against McLoughlin in the bottom of the ninth but the Hornet closer induced a double play ground ball to short followed by a groundout to first base to end the game.

Sacramento State (21-18) had stranded 10 runners on base through the first eight innings before putting up the four spot in the ninth. The Hornets totaled 11 hits in the game and drew five walks while San Francisco (22-20) had 12 hits but were not issued a walk in the game. Just three of the seven Hornet runs were earned as Sacramento State capitalized on two crucial USF errors and a passed ball.

Deely went 3-for-5 in the game with three RBIs for his first career 3-hit game. Lewis and sophomore Brandon Hunley each had two hits as seven different Hornets had hits in the game. Hunley had two of four Sacramento State doubles and Lukes and Esposito each scored twice.

Senior Jake Stassi gave the Hornets a strong start, allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts over five innings. Junior Tyler Beardsley also pitched well in relief, allowing just one run on four hits in three innings to pick up his first Hornet win.

In a true bullpen game San Francisco used eight different pitchers with none going more than 2.2 innings. Ulvestad took his first loss of the season after allowing three hits and the four runs in the ninth as USF, which had won 11 of its last 12 games, saw its five-game winning streak come to an end.

San Francisco took the early lead on a one-out, two-run home run in the first inning from first baseman Brendan Hendriks. The Hornets threatened in each of the first two innings and scored in the third after Hunley hit a leadoff double and scored from third on a passed ball.

The Dons got that run back in the fourth when Dominic Miroglio had a one-out double and scored on a sacrifice fly. In the top of the fifth inning Lukes was aboard after reaching on an error and with two away Esposito doubled him home and Deely followed with an RBI single to tie the score 3-3.

Hornet senior Scotty Burcham was robbed of what looked to be an RBI single with two out in the top of the sixth inning on a sliding grab by USF right fielder Connor Hofmann. In the bottom of the sixth the Dons regained the lead on consecutive single to open the inning followed by an RBI single from catcher Ryan Matranga and kept their 4-3 advantage into the ninth.

Sacramento State plays again tomorrow night hosting Fresno State at 6:35 p.m. at Raley Field. For Wednesday's game the Hornets will be teaming up with the Go4theGoal's Lace up 4 Pediatric Cancer Campaign, as the team will be wearing gold jerseys and shoelaces to raise awareness and fans are encouraged to wear gold as well. All proceeds raised will go directly to children in need in the Sacramento community.