WICHITA, Kan. - For third time in the last five games Sacramento State rallied from an early deficit to win in the late innings, on Wednesday overcoming a 2-0 Wichita State lead in the first inning and going ahead in the ninth for a 3-2 win.
Sacramento State (11-8) trailed 4-1 after the first inning at Nevada last Tuesday, trailed 2-0 at home to Minnesota after the third last Thursday, and was down 2-0 after one inning on Wednesday but came back to win all three of those games. Wichita State (11-10) had been 9-0 at home this season with an 8-0 combined record against three other WAC teams.
As was the case at Nevada last week, Hornet freshman starter Austin Roberts had a tough start but settled in quickly and gave the Hornets a quality outing. Wichita State began the game with a single, RBI triple, and RBI groundout but, after the first two hitters reached, Roberts allowed just two more hits and no more runs while lasting five innings.
The Hornet bullpen has been exceptional all year and was again on Wednesday as Chad Perry, Tanner Olson, Ty Fox, and Alex Dentoni (in that order) all recorded scoreless relief innings and between them allowed just one hit and one walk over the last four innings of the game.
With their deficit stopped at 2-0, Sacramento State's offense was able to chip away and eventually gain the lead. Sophomore James Outman had a leadoff double in the second and would score on a sacrifice fly from senior Kody Reynolds. In the sixth inning, junior PJ Floyd led off with a double and scored the tying run on an RBI single from Outman.
The Hornets threatened in the seventh and eighth innings and took the lead in the ninth. Freshman Ricky Martinez had a one-out single and would have scored on a double from senior Trent Goodrich had his hit not bounced over the wall in left center for a ground-rule double forcing Martinez to stop at third. After a strikeout the Shockers intentionally walked Floyd and the Hornets sent up redshirt sophomore Devin Lehman, who drew a pinch-hit walk to force in Martinez with the go-ahead run.
Fox earned the win after pitching the eighth as Dentoni set the Shockers down in order on just 11 pitches in the ninth for his second save. Tyler Jones, the fifth of six Wichita State pitchers, took the loss.
The Hornets outhit the Shockers 11-5 with Goodrich, Floyd, and Outman all recording two-hit games. Floyd extended his career-long hitting streak to eight games and is hitting .375 for the season.
Sacramento State begins Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play on Friday opening a weekend series at Northern Colorado at 1 p.m. Pacific time.