GREELEY, Colo. – Senior outfielder Matt Smith tied the Sacramento State baseball all-time record for career hits on Saturday, collecting hit number 244 in game two of Saturday's doubleheader.
Sacramento State (24-11, 16-7 WAC) split Saturday's doubleheader against Northern Colorado (8-24, 4-15 WAC), falling in game one, 8-6, in seven innings before rolling to a 10-1 win in game two.
Smith entered Saturday's twin bill with 241 career hits, three back of the program's all-time leader, Nathan Lukes, at 244. Smith finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in game one, moving him to 243 and setting the stage for his third inning at bat in game two.
With a runner on third and nobody out, Smith singled into left field, driving in a run and giving him career hit number 244 to move him into a tie atop the Hornets all-time hits leaderboard.
Smith's RBI made it a 5-0 game in the third in what turned into a 10-1 win for Sacramento State. He finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.
Smith wasn't the only one setting records on Saturday as Travis Adams struck out a career-high 13. Adams was excellent on Saturday, throwing 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, and punching out 13, including four looking.
Adam's 13 strikeouts passed his previous career-high of eight and is tied for second most in a single game in program history. He threw 118 pitches, also a career-high, 80 of them for strikes.
At the plate, Steven Moretto had three hits in game two, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored. Aaron Zeidman and Trevor Doyle each had two hits and two RBIs, as well, leading the way to Sacramento State's 10-run win.
Despite all of the excitement of game two, game one went against the Hornets, who fell 8-6 in seven innings.
Sacramento State looked ready to roll in game one, jumping ahead 2-0 immediately in the top of the first inning. Dylan McPhillips led off the game with a triple and scored one batter later on a Trevor Doyle base hit. Doyle later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Matt Smith.
The lead was short-lived, though, as the Bears responded with a three-run home run in the home half of the inning. Northern Colorado followed that up with a five-run second, taking a commanding 8-2 lead.
Despite several hits on both sides, neither team managed to score again until the sixth inning when Sacramento State began to climb their way back into the game. The Hornets scored four times in the sixth, turning a six-run deficit into just a two-run deficit.
Sacramento State batted around in the inning and it was Doyle driving in the first run of the frame with an RBI double. One batter later, pinch-hitter Martin Vincelli-Simard singled to left, scoring two more. He later scored the fourth run of the inning on a passed ball.
With all the momentum on their side, Sacramento State looked ready to complete the comeback in the top of the seventh, putting two runners on with just one out after a Hunter Dorraugh base hit and a Keith Torres walk. McPhillips and Doyle both popped out to shortstop, though, ending the threat and the game as the Bears won, 8-6.
Sacramento State's two runners left on in the seventh were just two of 11 as the Hornets struggled to move runners once they put them on. The team left a runner on base in every inning and two on base in four of seven innings.
Doyle finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. The two-hit game was Doyle's team-leading 12th multi-hit game of the season and the 23rd of his career.
Matt Smith also had two hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.
On the mound in game one, starter Brady Rodriguez lasted just 1.1 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits, taking his second loss of the season. Rodriguez, who had been so good out of the bullpen this season, had been equally good in each of his first two starts, allowing just one run in 10.0 innings prior to Saturday.
Behind Rodriguez, the bullpen was excellent, as Noah Takacs, Wesley Harper, Cole Tremain, and Travis Martizia combined for 4.2 scoreless innings. Despite their effort, the Hornets were unable to complete the comeback.
Sacramento State will have a chance for the series win on Sunday when the Hornets and Bears face off again at 11 a.m. PT/12 pm MT. Tomorrow's series finale will stream live online on the WAC Digital Network.
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