TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona exploded for 23 runs on 24 hits in a 23-1 win over Sacramento State in the second game of the weekend series on Saturday in Tucson.
Sacramento State (8-5) had allowed just eight total runs over its last four games and only 4.9 runs per game this season prior to Saturday's contest. The 23 runs were the most scored against the Hornets in a game since Louisiana Tech plated 27 runs against the squad in 2010.
Arizona (10-4) broke the game open with six runs in the second inning coming on six hits. The Wildcats put up crooked numbers in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings as well. The home team hit 18-for-34 with runners on base in the game and were 14-for-26 with men in scoring position.
The Hornets scored their only run in the top of the seventh inning. With two away freshman James Outman drew a walk and senior Josh Egan singled to center. A passed ball moved the runners to second and third and junior Brandon Hunley brought Outman home with an infield single.
Sacramento State tallied seven hits in the game with Egan and sophomore Bronson Grubbs each recording two hits. All told Arizona had 24 hits with a homer, three triples, and seven doubles. Designated hitter JJ Matijevic had the biggest day for the Wildcats going 4-for-6 with three doubles, four RBIs, and three runs scored.
Senior starter Nathan Bannister earned the win for Arizona, allowing just two hits over six scoreless innings. Senior Grant Kukuk took the loss for the Hornets. Infielder Dan Deely pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning for Sacramento State, allowing just one hit.
The teams conclude the three-game series at 1 p.m. Pacific time Sunday.