GREELEY, Colo. – It was all Sacramento State (29-18, 15-6 WAC) on Sunday as the Hornets 10-runned the Northern Colorado Bears (10-29, 6-15 WAC) in seven innings, 12-2, to win the series.
With the win, Sacramento State improves to 29-18 overall and 15-6 in the WAC. The loss drops Northern Colorado to 10-29 overall and 6-15 in the WAC.
After UTRGV fell to New Mexico State Sunday, the Hornets, Vaqueros, and Aggies are all tied atop the WAC at 15-6.
Before the Hornets broke things open offensively, it was Brady Rodriguez who set the tone for Sacramento State, throwing three innings of no-hit baseball. The lefthander gave up just one walk and struck out two in his three innings while throwing just 42 pitches.
It was the team-leading 24th appearance of the season for Rodriguez, who picked up the win Sunday to improve to 6-4 for the season.
The third inning was the same time the Hornets offense came to life as Sacramento State put up a five-spot in the top of the third to take a commanding lead. Dawsen Bacho drove in the first run of the day with an RBI-single before Martin Vincelli-Simard delivered the inning's biggest hit, a two-run double to left.
It was Bacho again in the fourth, hitting a two-run home run to put the Hornets ahead, 7-0. Bacho, who came into the weekend still looking for his first home run of the season, hit one in each game of this weekend's series.
Northern Colorado's offense got going in the fourth, tagging Austin Roberts and the Hornets for two runs, but that was all they would get as Roberts shut out the Bears for the next three innings.
Steven Moretto also homered for the Hornets as Sacramento State added three more in the fifth, extending the lead to eight, 10-2, before putting the game away with two more in the top of the seventh. After a base hit, Dylan Ohlsen came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Bacho for the game's final run.
In total Sunday, the Hornets scored 12 runs on 10 hits without committing an error. Bacho finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Ryan Walstad also had two hits Sunday, while also scoring a run and knocking in one. Eight different Hornets scored at least one run while eight also had at least one hit.
On the mound, Rodriguez and Roberts combined to allow just the two fourth-inning runs while scattering four hits. Roberts, who threw four innings in relief, walked two and struck out seven on just 59 pitches.
Sacramento State will now return home for a Tuesday evening matchup with the Nevada Wolf Pack at John Smith Field. First pitch Tuesday night is set for 7 p.m. PT. The game will stream live online both at HornetSports.com/Radio and on the WAC Digital Network.
For more details on Tuesday's midweek matchup – including links to video and audio broadcasts, notes, recaps, and more – be sure to visit the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage online at HornetSports.com.