SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The top four hitters in the Sacramento State batting order went 8-for-15 (.533) with two walks with Ian Dawkins going 3-for-4 and finishing a triple shy of the cycle but San Diego battled back from a 3-1 deficit to win 5-3 on Saturday night.
Dawkins started the game double, single, home run in his first three at-bats but was retired in his final two plate appearances. Sacramento State (24-27) held a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning and was tied with the Toreros 3-3 in the seventh but the home team scored two runs in the bottom half to take the lead.
San Diego (32-16-11) is now 18-7-1 on its home field this season and is 29-2 when allowing fewer than six runs this year. The Hornets knocked out USD starter Paul Richan in the fifth inning but three relievers combined to allow two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over the last five innings of the game.
Just like the series opener on Friday, USD scored the first run of the game before the Hornets moved to a 2-1 lead. On Saturday the game was scoreless into the third inning when Riley Adams drove in Aidan Stinnett with a two-out double.
The Hornets answered with a pair of runs in the fourth. The visitors loaded the bases with one out on singles from Vinny Esposito and James Outman and a PJ Floyd hit-by-pitch. Blake Edmonson, who made the start in left field after hitting a pinch-hit home run on Friday, delivered a two-run single to put the Hornets ahead.
Dawkins hit his second home run of the season to lead off the fifth. The next three hitters would all single but a runner was thrown out at the plate and USD got the last two outs to get out of the inning trailing 3-1.
In the bottom of the fifth the Toreros scored one run on a Jay Schuyler double and had three batters get hit by pitches, with the last one forcing in the tying run with the bases loaded. USD would strand the bases loaded, however, as the game remained tied.
The Toreros went ahead with two runs in the seventh inning, scoring on a leadoff walk and RBI double from Schuyler and a Roman Garcia sacrifice fly. Jonathan Teaney allowed just one walk in two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win while closer Troy Conyers issued a walk but struck out each of the other six batters he faced for a six-out save.
Parker Brahms put together another quality start for the Hornets, allowing three runs on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision. The loss marked the first time since March 25th that the Hornets did not win a Brahms' start, having been victorious in his last six outings.
The Hornets play their final road game of the regular season in the series finale against San Diego Sunday at 1 p.m.