SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego hit three solo home runs en route to a 6-3 victory over Sacramento State in the opener of a non-conference series Friday night in San Diego.
Jay Schuyler homered twice for San Diego (31-16-1), which battled back from an early 2-1 deficit. Senior Blake Edmonson hit his first homerun as a Hornet in the ninth inning but Sacramento State (24-26) came up short as the Toreros improved to 17-7-1 on their home field this season.
Junior Raul Ortiz had a double and two RBIs for the Hornets, who had four doubles among their eight hits but left nine runners on base. Senior Trent Goodrich had two doubles in the loss and is 7-for-19 (.368) with five doubles in his last five games.
USD took the lead on Schuyler's first home run of the game with the bases empty and one out in the first. In the second inning, Andrew McWilliam had a single and James Outman followed with a double with one away. Toreros starter Nick Sprengel got the second out but with two away Ortiz doubled off the wall in right center to bring in two runs.
The Toreros had runners on the corners with two out in the third and scored the tying run after an errant pick-off attempt to first base. USD loaded the bases with none out in the third inning and scored the tying run on a hit batter but Justin Dillon got the next three outs to strand the bases loaded.
Schuyler hit his second home run in the fourth inning and Riley Adams made it back-to-back solo homers to take a 5-2 lead. A two-out double from Colton Waltner and RBI single from Kevin Collard put the home team ahead 6-2.
Sacramento State reliever Austin Root did not allow a run over the next three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two while throwing only 22 pitches to get nine outs. The Hornets left runners on in the seventh and eighth but Edmonson led off the ninth inning with a solo homer to make it 6-3. Ian Dawkins had a one-out single but the Toreros recorded the last two outs.
Sprengel needed 100 pitches to get through six innings but improved to 9-1 allowing six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. Schuyler, Adams, and Waltner all had two hits to lead USD offensively.
Hornet freshman Parker Brahms, who is 5-0 with a 0.84 ERA in his last six starts, will get the ball for the Hornets on Saturday and face USD sophomore Paul Richan at 6 p.m.