PHOENIX, Ariz. – Junior Sam Long threw six scoreless innings and senior Chris Lewis went 4-for-5 with a 2-run home run as Sacramento State clinched a series win against Grand Canyon with an 8-3 victory on Saturday night.
Sacramento State (28-22, 15-8 WAC) got another brilliant performance from its starting pitcher after junior Max Karnos allowed just one run over eight innings on Friday. Long permitted just two singles over his six innings of work to pick up his fifth victory of the year.
Lewis recorded the third 4-hit game of his career. He hit a 2-out, 2-run home run in the first inning, singled and scored in the third, singled, stole second, and scored in the fifth, and singled in the ninth inning. He tallied Sacramento State's second 4-hit game this season (Andrew McWilliam had the other at Fresno State).
The Hornets outhit the Antelopes 14-7 with five extra-base hits. Junior Gunner Pollman was 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored, junior Kody Reynolds was 2-for-4 with two doubles, and sophomore PJ Floyd was 2-for-5 with a run and RBI. Junior Bronson Grubbs had a hit and drove in two runs and junior Trent Goodrich had a double.
Grand Canyon (22-26-1, 10-13 WAC) dropped its sixth straight game and has lost eight of its last 10 home WAC games. GCU has tallied just ten hits and one run in 14 innings against Sacramento State's two starters through the first two games of the series.
The Hornets knocked out GCU starter Jake Repavich in three innings with two runs on the Lewis homer in the first inning, a run on a Grubbs ground out in the second inning, and two runs on RBI doubles from Reynolds and Pollman in the third inning. Repavich had not allowed more than three earned runs in any game this season but was charged with five earned on seven hits on Saturday.
Sacramento State moved to an 8-0 lead with three runs in the fifth inning. With Lewis at first and two away in the inning the Hornets had their next five batters reach base on three singles and two walks with RBI singles from Floyd, sophomore Dan Deely, and Grubbs.
Long was able to strand two men aboard in the sixth to complete his six shutout innings. GCU scored twice in the seventh inning and once more in the eighth before sophomore Jonny Palsha put up a zero in the ninth inning to finish the win.
Sacramento State pitching has held Grand Canyon to just a .242 average so far in the series while the offense has hit .310 with two home runs and seven doubles, outscoring the Lopes 12-4. The Hornets will look for their fourth WAC series sweep of the season with senior Grant Kukuk on the mound in the series finale at noon Sunday.