SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Despite jumping out to a lead for the seventh straight game, the Sacramento State baseball team was unable to hold off a strong offensive showing by the Santa Barbara Gauchos Saturday afternoon, falling 10-2 on the road.
Saturday's game, which started at 2:00 pm, almost immediately followed the conclusion of yesterday's suspended game. Starting at noon in the sixth inning, the Hornets scored seven runs in four innings to cap a 12-3 win. In the second game, however, Sacramento State was unable to muster that kind of offense again.
Andrew McWilliam had the team's only extra base hit, a double in the seventh inning, and also drove in one of Sacramento State's two runs with a first inning sacrifice fly.
That sacrifice fly gave the Hornets the game's first run and marked the seventh straight game in which Sacramento State has score first. Unfortunately, the team is just 2-5 over that stretch.
As a team, the Hornets had just five hits. They drew only two walks and struck out eight times. On an afternoon where their ace Parker Brahms was not at his best, that wasn't nearly enough to keep pace with the Gauchos.
Brahms, who started for Sacramento, did so with a 0.00 ERA and just three walks in over his first 28 innings. Today, however, the right-hander struggled to quiet the Gauchos bats, allowing five earned runs over four innings on eight hits and two walks. He struck out just one.
The earned runs are the first allowed by Brahms this season, whose ERA now sits at a still very impressive 1.41. The two walks nearly match his season output and the one strikeout was a new season low.
Fortunately for Sacramento State, they'll get right back at the Gauchos again tomorrow as the team's face off for the third and final game of their weekend series. Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm and will feature Sacramento State's Austin Root (2-1, 2.42) against Santa Barbara's Steve Ledesma (0-1, 7.50).