SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Blake Edmonson hit a pinch hit, 2-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Sacramento State a 6-5 walk off win over San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon.
Sacramento State (11-8) battled back from an early 4-0 deficit and again rallied after the Dons took a 5-4 lead with a run in the top of the 10th inning. Sophomore Andrew McWilliam and freshman Matt Smith drew back-to-back walks to lead off the bottom of the 10th and, after a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Edmonson pinch hit and launched a ball into the gap in right center to score the tying and winning runs.
The Hornets won their second straight game and dropped San Francisco to 7-16. Sacramento State is 2-0 in extra innings this year having also tallied a 12-inning win earlier this year at Auburn.
San Francisco had 16 hits in the game but 13 were singles and the Dons stranded 14 runners on base. The visitors scored once in the first inning and three times in the third on five hits. USF put runners on base in every inning of the game but could not add to its lead before the Hornets forced extra innings.
Sacramento State got a run in the sixth inning on a single and stolen base from sophomore Bronson Grubbs and an RBI single down the right field line off the bat of senior Chris Lewis. The Hornets tied the game with three runs in the seventh inning on an RBI double from junior Gunner Pollman, a fielder's choice ground ball from junior Kody Reynolds, and an RBI single by Grubbs.
The Hornets loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the eighth but could not take the lead. In the top of the 10th, USF right fielder Blake Valley had a leadoff single and a sac bunt and throwing error put runners on second and third. The Dons took the lead on a sacrifice fly from Matt Sinatro but had a second run cut down at the plate on a ground ball, setting the stage for the Hornet rally in the bottom half.
San Francisco was 4-for-16 in the game with runners in scoring position while the Hornets were more proficient going 4-for-10. Each of the top seven hitters in Sacramento State's starting lineup had hits, including a first-inning single by Smith that extended his career-opening hitting streak to 13 games. Third baseman Dan James was 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs to lead the Dons attack.
The Hornets used seven pitchers while the Dons used eight. Senior Tyler Beardsley earned the win after giving up an unearned run in the top of the 10th inning, improving to 3-0 this season to go with a WAC-leading four saves. USF closer Frank Waliczek was the losing pitcher.
Hornet sophomore Austin Root was the only pitcher for either team to throw more than two innings. He pitched three scoreless innings through the middle of the game, keeping the Hornet deficit to just three runs and running his season-opening scoreless streak to 9.2 innings. Both starting pitchers lasted just two innings.
Sacramento State opens WAC play on Thursday against North Dakota. The teams will play at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon Saturday at John Smith Field.
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