SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After two late inning come-from-behind wins this week the Hornets brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the eighth but Minnesota closer Brian Glowicki pitched out of trouble to complete a 5-2 win for his team on Saturday at John Smith Field.
Glowicki entered in a similar situation on Thursday night with Golden Gophers leading 3-1 in the eighth inning but gave up the tying and winning runs in a 3-2 Hornet victory. On Saturday he entered with men on first and second and one away but induced two fly outs to escape the inning then set the Hornets down in order in the ninth for his sixth save this season.
Minnesota (11-8) came back to win the series as the Hornets dropped to 10-8 in their final series before the start of Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play next week.
The Gophers scored early runs in each of the first two games of the series and did so again on Saturday. Toby Hanson led off the second inning with his first home run of the season to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead, and the first two Minnesota hitters were retired in the third inning before a single, a triple, a hit batter, and another single pushed in two more runs. Minnesota would score in the fourth inning as well, going ahead 4-0 after a Luke Pettersen RBI single.
Sacramento State cut the deficit to 4-2 with a pair of runs in the fifth. Sophomore James Outman and freshman Ricky Martinez began the inning with consecutive singles and Outman scored on a groundout from freshman Dawsen Bacho. Martinez advanced to third with one away and scored on a subsequent RBI groundout from senior Trent Goodrich.
Minnesota moved back to a 5-2 lead with another leadoff homer as Jordan Smith began the sixth with a long ball to right center. The Hornet bullpen kept the deficit at three runs and Sacramento State got men aboard in each of the next three innings but could not score. Junior PJ Floyd singled and redshirt sophomore Devin Lehman walked to bring the tying run to the plate in the eighth before Glowicki entered and got the last five outs in order.
Outman and Martinez both finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Sophomore Alex Dentoni allowed just two hits and one run in three innings of relief and junior Ty Fox permitted no hits and two walks over the last two innings of the game. Minnesota starter Toby Anderson allowed two runs on eight hits over 7.1 innings to earn the win.
Sacramento State plays a single game at Wichita State at 4 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday before opening WAC play at Northern Colorado next Friday-Sunday.