WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Six Sacramento State pitchers combined to limit Nevada to five hits and the Hornets had timely hitting in a 5-2 win over the Wolf Pack on Wednesday at Raley Field.
With the win, Sacramento State improved to 8-3 on the season while pushing its win streak to four games. Nevada dropped to 4-8.
The Wolf Pack struck for its only two runs in the first inning. A leadoff walk and stolen base by Trenton Brooks set the table for a single from Miles Mastrobuoni for the game's first run. After a balk moved the runner to second, Bryce Greager singled to center to make the score 2-0.
Nevada had a chance to break the game open in the top of the third inning as it loaded the bases following two walks and a hit by pitch with only one out. Sacramento State called upon Austin Ragsdale out of the bullpen and the junior responded by inducing a double play on his first pitch to get out of the inning.
Sacramento State tied the game in the fourth inning with a pair of extra base hits. Vinny Esposito provided an infield single and scored when Andrew McWilliam tripled to the right center field gap. Josh Outman doubled down the right field line on the next pitch for his first hit of the season.
The score remained tied until the sixth inning when the Hornets loaded the bases with a single from Esposito and a pair of walks. After a line out, Gunner Pollman drove the ball through the left side of the infield to plate Esposito and Kody Reynolds. Dan Deely then singled to left to score McWilliam and give Sacramento State a 5-2 lead.
The Hornet bullpen was solid throughout the game as the unit logged 6.2 innings with three hits while not allowing a run. As a team, Sacramento State pitchers did walk nine batters and hit two others. Those actions led to Nevada leaving 11 men on base during the game and the Hornets turning three double plays.
Junior Tanner Olson earned his first at Sacramento State after pitching 1.2 scoreless innings. Tyler Beardsley came on to start the ninth inning and picked up his fourth save of the year in as many tries. Beardsley allowed the leadoff man to reach on a single but was helped by a 6-4-3 double play and then froze the batter for a called third strike to end the game.
Esposito was the only player in the Sacramento State lineup to pick up multiple hits in the game.
The team will next play a three-game series at Arizona beginning on Friday night.