SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State pitchers Matt Gorgolinski and Grant Kukuk combined to allow just one hit and the Hornets scored five runs over the last two innings to record a 6-1win over William Jessup on Tuesday at John Smith Field.
Sacramento State (9-6) was playing for just the second time this season on its on-campus home field. The Hornets beat William Jessup (2-18), an NAIA school located in Rocklin, for the second consecutive season.
Gorgolinski pitched the first 5.1 innings of the game, allowing just one run on one hit with one strikeout and four walks. Kukuk came in for the final 3.2 innings and allowed just one baserunner on a hit by pitch while striking out two.
The game was tied 1-1 when Kukuk entered in the sixth inning. William Jessup had loaded the bases with one out but on Kukuk's first pitch thrown he got Nathan Torres to hit a groundball right back to him and started a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.
The Hornets scored four times in the seventh inning to open up a big lead. Sophomore Bronson Grubbs drove in the first run with a bunt single to third and senior Trent Goodrich followed with a bloop single to right that plated two runs. Senior Chris Lewis made the scored 5-1 with a sacrifice fly to right.
Sacramento State added a run in the eighth inning on a leadoff walk and a fielding error. Kukuk retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his second win of the season.
The Hornets finished with eight hits and drew four walks. William Jessup's only hit was a bunt single in the sixth inning. The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the third inning scoring without a hit as they drew two walks, laid down a sacrifice bunt, and got a runner home from third on a wild pitch.
Sacramento State tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning as junior Gunner Pollman led off with a double and scored on a fielder's choice groundout by Goodrich. Sophomores Grubbs, Andrew McWilliam, and Dan Deely each had two hits in the game for the Hornets.
William Jessup started each inning with a different pitcher, using eight pitchers with each throwing just one inning. Manuel Velasquez was tagged with the loss as he allowed four runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter in the seventh.
Tuesday's game began 13 consecutive home games over a 19-day stretch for the Hornets. They host Cal Poly this weekend, playing at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.