SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sophomore Andrew McWilliam hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season in a 7-1 Hornet loss against UC Davis on Tuesday at John Smith Field.
Sacramento State announced before the contest that the first game under the new lights at John Smith Field will be played next Tuesday, May 17, against Pacific, presented by 7-Eleven with first pitch at 7:11 p.m. Find all the details here.
McWilliam homered for the second consecutive game and also had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. He has hit four home runs in the team's last six games at John Smith Field. Junior Kody Reynolds had hits in each of his first three at-bats on Tuesday, finishing 3-for-4, while senior Trent Goodrich also went 2-for-4.
UC Davis (16-26), which won two of three games over No. 13 UC Santa Barbara last weekend, picked up its seventh victory in the last eight games after beginning the year with a 9-25 record. Sacramento State (26-22) has still won 10 of its last 13 meetings with the rival Aggies.
The Aggies opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the third inning on three singles and a hit batter. McWilliam hit his solo home run on a 1-1 pitch in the bottom of the third, sending a deep drive over the wall in left field.
The 2-1 score remained into the fifth inning when the Aggies put three runs on the board, capitalizing on two walks, a hit batter, and a fielding error. Sacramento State had a chance to draw even as the Hornets loaded the bases on singles from Goodrich, Reynolds, and junior Gunner Pollman in the bottom of the sixth inning but the Aggies got out of the inning.
UC Davis completed the scoring with a solo home run in the seventh inning and a run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The Aggies had just a 10-8 edge in hits in the game, with the solo home runs by each team the only extra-base hits in the contest.
Junior Austin Ragsdale was the first of six Hornet pitchers in the game and recorded a pair of scoreless innings. UC Davis junior Justin Mullins allowed just one run on seven hits over 5.2 innings for the win before two Aggie relievers finished the game.
Sacramento State plays its final road games of the regular season this weekend, opening a three-game series at defending regular season WAC champion Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. Friday.
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