RENO, Nev. – The Sacramento State baseball team took the field Tuesday night at Nevada for their ninth straight game away from John Smith Field. Despite going 6-2 through the first eight games, they were unable to cap the trip with another win, falling 6-2 to the Wolf Pack.
The Hornets (24-19, 11-4 WAC) fell behind early as Nevada (22-19, 14-6 MWC) jumped ahead to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. That deficit quickly doubled as the Wolf Pack added another in the bottom of the third to go up 2-0.
Sacramento State went quietly their first time through the lineup as the first eight Hornets were retired in order. It wasn't until Keith Torres singled with two outs in the third that Sacramento State had their first base runner.
It was just after the Hornets had their first base hit that Nevada really broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. The Wolf Pack sent seven men to the plate, picked up four hits, and had a hit by pitch in the inning.
It was the first time this season that Ragsdale, the Hornets' veteran right-handed reliever, had allowed an earned run in relief. He had entered the game having not allowed an earned run in 14 relief innings this season.
That was all the scoring Nevada would do on the night, but it was more than enough as the Hornets managed just two runs of their own in the contest.
Sacramento State scored their first run of the night in the sixth after Matt Smith singled and Ian Dawkins walked to open the inning. Both runners advanced on a groundout before Steven Moretto knocked in Smith with a sacrifice fly. Dawkins scored on the next batter as Dylan McPhillips reached on a throwing error by the Nevada shortstop.
Smith and Torres each had two hits for the Hornets tonight to lead the team. Despite having just six hits, Sacramento State drew four walks. They left nine men on base in the loss, going 0-for-11 in RBI opportunities.
Josh Urps also added a hit in the loss, a double to lead off the fifth inning. The hit extended his career-best hitting streak to seven games, though he was left stranded on third in the inning.
The innings were not without issue for the Hornets, however, as Denotni left the game in the middle of an at bat, walking off the field with trainer Erin Snyder and head coach Reggie Christiansen. The sudden injury prompted an appearance from Birch. In the first pitching appearance of his career, Birch got two quick outs – a groundout to first and a slow roller back to the mound – to leave a Nevada runner stranded on third.
With the loss, Sacramento State wraps their nine-game road trip with a 6-3 record, including a 4-2 record against WAC opponents. Their overall record for the season falls to 24-19 while their 11-4 conference record remains the same.
The Hornets will return to John Smith Field on Friday, May 4, for the first time since hosting Northern Colorado on April 15. They welcome conference opponent Seattle U to the John for a three-game weekend series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:00 pm.
It is also Alumni weekend at John Smith Field. The team will celebrate alumni all weekend and will host special pregame ceremonies on Saturday, May 6, including a 30-year anniversary of the 1988 World Series team, the retiring of long-time head coach Cal Boyes' #37 uniform, a Rhys Hoskins poster giveaway, and much more. Get all of the details online at HornetSports.com.