LOS ANGELES – Sacramento State (3-5) went head-to-head with the No. 3 UCLA Bruins (8-1) Friday night, taking a 1-1 tie into the ninth inning before UCLA walked it off, 2-1, over the Hornets.
UCLA scored the first run of the game, going up 1-0 on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Sacramento State answered two innings later when Martin Vincelli-Simard launched a towering solo home run out to straight away left field. The blast was the second of the year for Vincelli-Simard, the other also a solo home run.
The game remained tied until the home half of the ninth inning when UCLA took advantage of Hornet mistakes to score the game-winning run. Austin Roberts hit the leadoff man, Jack Stronach, who then advanced on a passed ball.
After the Bruins went to a pinch runner, Ryan Krielder delivered the dagger, a base hit to right. Although Trevor Doyle made a great throw to the plate, it was just a half step too late as the Bruins walked it off.
Friday night's game featured some incredible pitching from both sides. Sacramento State starter Parker Brahms went seven excellent innings, scattering four hits and a walk while allowing just one run. He matched his season-high with eight strikeouts and left after seven innings with the game tied at one.
Brahms threw 95 pitches Friday night, 70 of them for strikes, and froze multiple Bruins hitters with his curveball. The junior right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.25 in the outing.
Brahms is done after an excellent start against No. 3 UCLA, leaves with the game tied. #StingersUp— Sac State Baseball (@SacStBaseball) March 2, 2019
Final line for Brahms: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.
B8 | SAC 1, UCLA 1
For UCLA, starter Zach Pettway was equally good, throwing seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out nine.
Austin Roberts (1-1) made his first relief appearance of the year for the Hornets, taking over for Brahms in the eighth inning. He was charged with the loss, his first of the year, after allowing one run on two hits and a hit batter.
The Bruins Kyle Mora (1-1) picked up the win, his first of the season.
Friday night's game and this weekend's series is Sacramento State's first against a ranked opponent since playing at No. 11 Washington in 2017. The Hornets came into this three-game set with two wins against top-five teams in the last four seasons.
Game two of this three game set is scheduled for tomorrow at 2 pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Rain is expected in the forecast, so stay tuned to HornetSports.com and @SacStBaseball on Twitter for any possible updates.
More details – including notes, radio links, and more – are also available online at HornetSports.com by visiting the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage.