EDINBURG, Texas – On a day with nearly seven hours of baseball played, Sacramento State scored a season-high 12 runs in a 12-3 win over UT Rio Grande Valley in the first game and the Hornets are leading 3-2 in the bottom of the 13th when play was suspended due to rain. Sunday's resumption time will not be decided until the field is inspected in the morning.
The teams played a doubleheader on Saturday as Sunday's forecast showed rain, but the showers showed up early and forced play to be halted Saturday night. Sacramento State (23-15, 11-3 WAC) holds a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 13th but UTRGV (18-17, 7-4 WAC) loaded the bases with none out when the game was called for the night.
This marks the second time this season that the Hornets had a game suspended due to rain, as the same occurred in the CSU Bakersfield series. Forecast rain on Sunday had already forced the team's fourth unscheduled doubleheader of the year.
Sacramento State had season highs of 17 hits and 12 runs and junior starter Max Karnos allowed just one earned run over seven innings in a 12-3 win over the Vaqueros.
UT Rio Grande Valley held a 2-1 lead after an error-filled first inning before the Hornets put together a five-run second. Sacramento State sent nine men to the plate and had five hits in the inning with the Vaqueros committing one error. Senior Chris Lewis drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly before sophomore Andrew McWilliam doubled home two runs and freshman Matt Smith followed with a 2 RBI single.
The Hornets added two runs in the fourth inning on a McWilliam sacrifice fly and senior Trent Goodrich RBI single than scored three more times in the seventh on four hits, including RBI doubles from Lewis and sophomore Vinny Esposito.
UTRGV scored their only earned run of the game on a Jacob Huckabay home run leading off the bottom of the seventh. Sacramento State got that run back in the ninth inning as it loaded the bases on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter and sophomore Bronson Grubbs brought in junior Brandon Hunley with a sacrifice fly.
Karnos won for the third time in his last four starts, allowing just the one earned run on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Sophomore Jonny Palsha threw two scoreless innings to close out the game. UTRGV starter Andrew Garcia, who entered the game 6-2 with a 2.35 ERA this season, was charged with eight runs (six earned) on nine hits and a walk over just four innings.
Lewis finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run, Esposito was 3-for-5 with two doubles, and McWilliam went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs. Grubbs and Hunley both also had two-hit games with Hunley scoring three teams.
Every Hornet starter had hits in the game while eight of the nine starters scored runs and six had RBIs. The Vaqueros finished with 11 hits in the game with Hucakaby going 3-for-3 and finish a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
In a pitcher's duel Sacramento State and UT Rio Grande Valley played into the 13th inning tied 2-2 behind timely pitching and defense.
The Hornets were able to take the lead in the top of the 13th when Goodrich drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on an RBI single up the middle by Esposito.
UTRGV opened the bottom of the 13th with a walk and Cole Loncar followed with a single to right left that moved the potential tying run to third. Correy Davis drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, at which point the umpires called for the field to be covered. Austin Oakes, who has driven in both Vaquero runs in the game, is due up when the game resumes.
The Hornets took an early lead with two runs in the second inning. Goodrich led off the inning with a bunt single, senior Jose Egan drew a walk, and Hunley reached on a failed fielder's choice to load the bases. Sophomore Dan Deely followed with a 2-run single to put the Hornets ahead.
The Vaqueros got one run back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from Oakes. The home team tied the game with a run in the sixth inning when Oakes drove in another run plating Loncar with a single to left field.
Both teams created plenty of scoring chances in the ensuing innings but no more runs were scored until the 13th. Both teams had a runner thrown out at the plate in extra innings and the Hornets loaded the bases in both the 11th and 12th innings.
Senior Grant Kukuk had another strong start for the Hornets, allowing just two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in six innings. After a scoreless inning from junior Chad Perry senior closer Tyler Beardsley came on and ended up pitching five innings, allowing four hits and no runs while throwing 72 pitches. He is in line for the win if the Hornets can set down UTRGV in the 13th.
UT Rio Grande Valley sophomore starter Robert Quinonez went 10 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits with 10 strikeouts throwing an astounding 136 pitches. The run the Hornets scored in the top of the 13th came against reliever George Lamb.