SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior Justin Dillon was sensational again, allowing just one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts over six innings, and the Hornets scored four runs in the third en route to a 7-1 win over No. 11 Washington in the opener of the weekend series.
Sacramento State (7-1) defeated a top-20 ranked team for the fourth consecutive season and had its seventh victory over a ranked opponent in the last four year. The team's 7-1 record is the best start to a season in the program's Div. I history.
After a throwing a no-hitter last Thursday against Northern Kentucky and allowing just one hit in his first start of the season vs. Washington State, Dillon has now pitched 22.0 innings this season and allowed a total of one run, two hits, and two walks with 25 strikeouts. He improved to 2-0 this year and dropped his season ERA to 0.41 with a 0.18 WHIP.
Relievers Tanner Olson and Ty Fox did not permit a hit over the last three innings of the game as Washington (4-4), which entered the game hitting .296 on the season, had just one hit, a one-out single by Jack Meggs in the second inning. Meanwhile, the Hornets jumped on Huskies ace Noah Bremer, who entered the game 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA, to take a big early lead.
Bremer set down the side in order in the first and second innings but the Hornets would bat around in the third. Junior Vinny Esposito hit a leadoff single and came in with the first run on a single from Ian Dawkins. Redshirt sophomore Devin Lehman followed with an RBI single to bring in Trent Goodrich.
The Hornets had three singles and four walks in the inning, with the last two runs scoring on bases loaded walks drawn by James Outman and Brandon Hunley. Sacramento State added on in the fifth as, with two outs, Outman walked and senior Kody Reynolds singled before Hunley drove in the pair with an RBI double.
Another Hornet run scored in the 7th as junior Andrew McWilliam reached on an error and came in to score from third on a sacrifice fly from Esposito. Washington was able to prevent a shutout scoring a run in the ninth on a leadoff walk and two wild pitches but could not pose any more of a threat.
The Hornets tagged Bremer with six earned runs with six hits and five walks over six innings. Dawkins had the only multi-hit line in the game, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored out of the leadoff spot and has had at least one hit and one run in five consecutive games.
Hunley's double was the only extra-base hit of the game as the senior drove in three runs. Outman was 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored as eight of the nine Hornet starters reached base. McWilliam had a walk and extended his reached-base streak to 24 consecutive games dating back to last season.
Sacramento State and Washington will attempt to play a doubleheader on Saturday. The first game has been moved up to a noon start time with the second game to follow, weather permitting.