SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (8-7) closed out their back-to-back doubleheaders against Towson (1-10) with two more wins Saturday. The Hornets took both ends of Saturday's double feature, beating the Tigers, 13-4, and 12-2.
Break out the brooms, baby! We get the series �������� over Towson with a 13-4 and 12-2 win today!— Sac State Baseball (@SacStBaseball) March 10, 2019
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Big inning sparks baseball in 13-4 win
Sacramento State fell behind early in game one of Saturday's doubleheader as the Tigers scored in each the first and second innings to go up, 2-0.
All of that changed with an extended third inning in which the Hornets scored seven times with the benefit of just one hit. Sacramento State drew seven total walks in the inning, including five straight.
The only hit of the inning was a two-run single by Trevor Doyle. By that point, Tigers pitchers had already walked in four runners for Sacramento State. The seventh run of the inning came on a fielder's choice by Griffin McCormick, who opened the frame by drawing a walk.
After Towson added two more to cut the deficit to three, the Hornets added two more of their own in the fifth. They continued to extend their lead with another run in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
The eighth-inning scoring came courtesy of freshman Martin Vincelli-Simard, who blasted a three-run home run out to straight away center. It was his team-leading third home run of the season. Simard finished game one going 1-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs.
Randall picked up his second win of the season while Roberts recorded the four-inning save, his first of the season.
Sacramento State scored a season-high 13 runs on seven hits. They also drew 12 walks and struck out just four times.
Baseball piles on late, completes series sweep of Tigers
Despite the lopsided, 12-2 score of Saturday's game two, the Hornets led the Tigers just 3-2 entering the seventh inning. But Sacramento State blew things open with a four-run seventh inning and a five-run eighth inning to secure their fourth straight win and the series sweep of Towson.
The four-run seventh inning was highlighted by a three-run, bases-loaded suicide squeeze bunt. With the bases loaded, Griffin McCormick dropped a perfect bunt, scoring Steven Moretto from third. Dawsen Bacho scored from second as the throw went to first to get McCormick. When the throw came back home, it skipped away from the Tigers' catcher, allowing Trevor Doyle - who started the play at first base - to score as well.
The Hornets piled on in the eighth, scoring five more runs on three hits and two more walks. Even Gibbons doubled in the inning, but the big run-scoring hit came off the bat of McCormick, who lined a two-run base hit into right.
In the two games, Sacramento State's offense piled up 25 runs on 18 hits. They also drew 21 walks, much in part thanks to the struggles of the Towson staff.
McCormick was a combined 2-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored in the two games. Trevor Doyle also had five RBIs over the two games.
On the mound for the Hornets in game two, Brady Rodriguez made his first start of the season and was spectacular. The sophomore left-hander threw five innings of one run ball. He allowed just one hit, struck out three, and did not walk a batter.
What an outing for sophomore lefty, Brady Rodriguez with a career high five innings!! #StingersUp— Sac State Baseball (@SacStBaseball) March 10, 2019
Final line: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 W, 3 Ks (56 pitches, 39 strikes)
T6 | SAC 3, TOW 1 pic.twitter.com/piDfllZ1MZ
The five innings were a career-high for Rodriguez, who picked up his first win of the season while lowering his ERA to 3.48 on the season.
With four straight wins against Towson, the Hornets climbed back above .500 for the first time since Feb. 17.
Sacramento State's 13-game homestand continues with a Tuesday night game against Causeway rivals UC Davis at John Smith Field. First pitch for Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7 pm.
More details on all upcoming games – including links to tickets, broadcasts, notes, and more – are available online at HornetSports.com by visiting the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage.