SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sacramento State scored first for the second straight night, but despite an early lead, another big Santa Clara inning proved to be the difference. The Hornets were unable to recover, falling 9-3 after a five-run third inning put Santa Clara on top for good.
James Outman homered for Sacramento State in the top of the first inning, giving the Hornets a quick 1-0 lead. It was the third run the Hornets have scored in the first inning in their last two games after scoring just once in the first through the first 12.
For Outman, the home run was his second in as many nights and third this season. He leads the team with three home runs and 12 RBIs. He also has a team-high .545 slugging percentage and four doubles.
Despite taking a quick lead for the second straight night, Santa Clara blew the game open with another big inning, this time scoring five runs in the home half of the third.
Santa Clara put together five hits in the third, including one home run, and took advantage of a Hornets error in the five-run inning. They went up 5-1 and although they added four more throughout the game, those runs proved unnecessary.
The Hornets added a single run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, scoring on a PF Floyd RBI-single and an Outman sacrifice fly. Each time the Hornets got a run back, the Broncos responded by scoring two of their own in each the home half of the fourth and fifth innings.
Scott Randall made the start for Sacramento State, his fourth this season. The freshman cruised through his first two innings, retiring the first six he faced. That all fell apart for the right-hander in the big third inning. He finished his night throwing four innings while allowing seven runs (four earned) on six hits. He walked none and struck out six.
Ian Dawkins continued to find his swing, going 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base in Friday night's loss.
After dropping back-to-back games on the road at Santa Clara, the Hornets will return home to host the Broncos for two games at John Smith Field on Saturday and Sunday.
First pitch for Saturday's game is scheduled for 6:00 pm and will feature Hornets ace Parker Brahms (1-0, 0.00) against Santa Clara's RHP Alex Waldsmith (0-1, 3.97).