STOCKTON, Calif. – After unplayable conditions at John Smith Field forced a change of venue, Sacramento State defeated South Dakota State 11-3 at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.
Sacramento State (6-3) and South Dakota State (0-10) will play a third game in their rain-altered series on Monday night at Raley Field. Game time will be 6 p.m.
The teams were on the field anticipating a doubleheader on campus beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday but a muddy warning track caused by overnight rain made the field unplayable. The teams took the 45 minute drive down to Stockton for a 1 p.m. first pitch at Nick Cecchetti Field on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College.
The Hornets had season highs with 14 hits and 11 runs on Sunday, jumping on South Dakota State starter Ryan Froom with six runs in the first two innings. Freshman Matt Smith and junior Gunner Pollman both had RBI singles in a two-run fourth inning before Sacramento State tacked on four more runs in the second on three hits and a Jackrabbit error.
Sacramento State added on a run in the third inning on a stolen third base by sophomore Dan Deely and an SDSU throwing error. Pollman launched a solo home run leading off the fifth inning before senior Chris Lewis and sophomore PJ Floyd hit solo home runs in the sixth. The final Hornet run scored on a sacrifice fly from Lewis in the seventh inning.
Pollman went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored, recording career highs in both hits and RBIs in a game. Lewis was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs while junior Kody Reynolds and sophomore Bronson Grubbs also had two hits in the contest.
Smith had a hit and an RBI before having to leave the game when he was hit by a pitch. He extended his season-long hitting streak to nine games and has an RBI in eight of nine games this year.
On the mound senior Grant Kukuk earned his first win of the year, allowing just three runs (two earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched. Relievers Ryan Smith and Jonny Palsha pitched the last 2.1 innings without allowing a hit.
The Jackrabbits plated single runs in the second, sixth, and seventh innings. Froom allowed nine runs (four earned) on 11 hits over five innings. The eight South Dakota hits in the game came from eight different players and six of the eight hits were singles.
Weather permitting, the Hornets will be playing two straight games at Raley Field with the contest Monday night against South Dakota State and a game against Nevada at 6 p.m. Wednesday night under the Raley lights.