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BASEBALL CLOSES SERIES AT ARIZONA WITH 8-4 LOSS

BASEBALL CLOSES SERIES AT ARIZONA WITH 8-4 LOSS

TUCSON, Ariz. – Junior Kody Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a 2-run homer as Sacramento State was defeated by Arizona, 8-4, to conclude the weekend series on Sunday in Tucson.

Reynolds hit his first home run as a Hornet and was one of four Sacramento State players to record two-hit days on Sunday. Sacramento State dropped to 8-6 with the loss as Arizona completed a sweep to move its season record to 11-4.

The Wildcats held a 4-0 lead into the fifth inning before Sacramento State got on the board with consecutive one-out doubles from junior Brandon Hunley and sophomore Dan Deely. Arizona came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth but Sacramento State staged a rally in the seventh inning.

Sophomore Andrew McWilliam led off with a bunt single and scored on an RBI double from senior Chris Lewis. With one away Reynolds launched his two-run shot down the left field line to bring the visitors to within two runs at 6-4.

Unfortunately Arizona came back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two out, two run single from Justin Behnke. Sacramento State got singles from Lewis and sophomore Vinny Esposito in the ninth inning before closer Bobby Dalbec came on and struck out the only two batters he faced to end the game.

Arizona used nine pitchers in the game with none going more than 2.2 innings. Robby Medel got the win in relief and Dalbec recorded his fourth save. The Hornets went to five pitchers as junior Justin Dillon, making his first start since facing just two batters before an injury in the team's second game of the season, took the loss allowing four runs (three earned) with four strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

Reynolds, Deely, Lewis, and McWilliam all had two hits on Sunday and all four of them also drew a walk. Arizona had an 11-10 advantage in hits with Behnke one of three Wildcats to recorded multi-hit lines.

Sacramento State, which has played just one home game at John Smith Field so far this season, returns home for what will be the longest home stand in the Div. I era of the program. The team will play 13 consecutive home games over a 19-day stretch, starting with a visit from William Jessup on Tuesday at 2 p.m.