SALT LAKE CITY – The Sacramento State baseball team managed only two runs in their Friday night series opener against the Utah Utes, but those two runs were just enough as the pitching staff limited Utah to one run over nine innings en route to a 2-1 win.
Freshman Scott Randall took the mound for the Hornets (9-11) against Utah (2-18), making his third consecutive Friday night start. The righthander threw four solid innings for Sacramento State, allowing just one run – a solo home run in the third inning – over his four innings. He allowed four total hits while not walking a batter. For the first time this season, he did not record a strikeout.
It was a great bounce back start for the true freshman, who, over his last two starts, had pitched 7.2 innings while allowing 10 runs (seven earned). With four innings of one-run ball tonight, Randall lowered his ERA to 5.32.
After Randall, it was junior Alex Dentoni on the mound for the Hornets. Dentoni tossed three shutout innings, scattering three hits, walking one, and striking out another. Because Randall did not pitch five innings, Dentoni was rewarded with the win, his third of the season.
Dentoni was followed by Austin Roberts, who threw a perfect eighth inning. For both Dentoni and Roberts, tonight's game marked their eighth appearance this season, tied for second-most on the club.
They both trail Tanner Dalton, who made his 10th appearance Friday night and recorded his third save in as many chances.
The offense tallied just four total hits in the game, but they made the most of those four hits while taking advantage of three walks.
The Hornets scored their first run in the game's first inning after back-to-back singles from Ian Dawkins and Vinny Esposito. After James Outman drew a walk, Steven Moretto grounded into a double-play to bring home Dawkins.
In the third, Keith Torres opened the inning with a triple and scored two batters later on an Esposito groundout.
Utah countered immediately, scoring in the home half of the third on a solo home run by Utah's Oliver Dunn, his second of the season.
That was all the scoring for the night as Sacramento State's offense went hitless from the fifth inning on, but the pitching staff had enough to work with to give the Hornets the win.
With the win, Sacramento State has now won back-to-back games and four of their last five as they improve to 9-11 for the season. Utah falls to 2-18. Of their 18 losses, 12 have been decided by two runs or fewer.
This weekend series will continue tomorrow with a Saturday doubleheader. With rain in the forecast for Sunday, Sunday's game has been moved to tomorrow.
First pitch for game one will start at noon PDT (1:00 pm MT) and will feature Sacramento State's Parker Brahms (1-1, 1.41) against Utah's Tanner Thomas (1-2, 3.38).
Game two will start 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Game two starters are projected as Austin Root (3-1, 1.89) for the Hornets and Brett Brocoff (1-3, 3.70) for Utah.
Both games will be available to listen and stream online. Find all streaming links online at HornetSports.com.