BASEBALL DROPS HOME CONTEST VS. FRESNO STATE

BASEBALL DROPS HOME CONTEST VS. FRESNO STATE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Fresno State scored five times in the first inning and limited the Hornets to six singles in a 9-0 win on Wednesday night at John Smith Field.

Fresno State (16-12) added three runs in the seventh inning and another in the ninth. The Hornets had multiple men on base in four different innings but the Bulldogs were able to strand seven runners on base.

Sacramento State (14-14) had scored at least five runs in eight straight games coming into action on Wednesday. The Hornets were shut out for just the second time this season.

The Bulldogs began the game with five straight hits, including a pair of doubles, to score three runs before an out was recorded. Fresno State added an RBI groundout with one away and a two-out RBI single as the visitors sent nine men to the plate in their first at-bat.

Four Hornet relievers held the Bulldogs scoreless over the next five innings, with the quartet of Jonny Palsha, Michael Warning, Ryan Smith, and Max Karnos allowing just three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. The Hornets had two hits in the third inning, two more in the fourth, and a walk and single in the fifth but could not get a run in.

Fresno State had three straight singles to start the seventh inning with a Hornet throwing error bringing in a pair of runs. Jared Akins added a sacrifice fly to make it 8-0 and second baseman Scott Silva led off the ninth inning with a solo home run to complete the scoring.

Silva was 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Akins also drove in two runs and four other Fresno State players had two-hit games. The Bulldogs totaled four doubles and a homer among their 14 hits.

Sacramento State's six hits came from six different players. Juniors Ian Dawkins and Vinny Esposito both had singles to extend their hitting streaks to 14 and nine games, respectively. Freshman Ricky Martinez reached base three times with a hit and two walks. Junior Austin Ragsdale also had a strong relief appearance for the Hornets allowing just one hit over 1.2 innings.

Wednesday's game was the opener of a nine-game homestand for the Hornets, who host WAC-leading Grand Canyon for a three-games series starting Friday at 6 p.m.