CHICAGO, Ill. – Freshman Parker Brahms allowed just three singles and one walk for his first career complete game shutout and Kody Reynolds hit his first career grand slam as Sacramento State beat Chicago State 7-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Brahms continued his sensational rookie season with his best start to date. After walking the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning he set down the next 16 batters in a row, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Rick Salazar hit a one-out single through the right side. The Cougars picked up a pair of one-out singles in the ninth but Brahms completed the shutout
Brahms tallied three strikeouts as Sacramento State (23-24, 8-12 WAC) has now won each of his last six starts. Brahms is 5-0 in that span with a 0.84 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and a .174 opposing batting average throwing at least six innings in each start. The Hornets evened the WAC series after Chicago State (11-32, 7-10 WAC) pulled out a 6-2 win on Friday.
All the scoring in the game occurred in two innings as the Hornets started with three runs in the third inning. Ian Dawkins drew a walk and Trent Goodrich followed with a single with one away before Vinny Esposito singled to left to bring in the first run. A double steal put Goodrich on third and Esposito to second and Cougar shortstop Julian Russell committed a fielding error on a Reynolds groundball that allowed both runners to score.
In the seventh inning, Dawkins singled, Goodrich was hit by a pitch, and James Outman walked to load the bases with two out. Reynolds hit a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right center for his eighth homerun of the season and first career grand slam. The grand slam was the second for the Hornets this season as Outman also hit one against Northern Kentucky in February.
Chicago State's only real threat to score came in the ninth but, after the two singles, Brahms got a pop up to second base and a strikeout to close the game.
In 12 starts this season Brahms has now pitched in three shutouts. The start was the fourth of the year in which Brahms did not allow a run and the ninth in which he allowed two runs or fewer. Sacramento State is now 8-4 in his starts this season with Brahms sporting a 7-3 record.
Dawkins had a double and his 21st multi-hit game of the season and Reynolds also doubled as the Hornets outhit the Cougars 7-3. Chicago State starter Jake Perkins allowed three runs but just one earned over six innings before the Hornets scored four on two hits and two walks against reliever Robert Gutierrez.
The finale of the three-game series will be played Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific time.