LAWRENCE, Kan. – Sacramento State scored five times in the seventh inning to come from behind and defeat the Kansas Jayhawks, 11-6, Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
With the win, Sacramento State improved to 25-12 overall on the year while the Jayhawks fell to 22-19.
Entering the seventh inning and trailing by a run, 6-5, the Hornets rallied for five runs on five hits in the frame to take a commanding 10-6 lead that they would not relinquish. Matt Smith, who recently became Sacramento State's all-time hits leader, sparked the rally with a one-out single, his second hit of the day.
Ryan Walstad followed with a single before Hunter Dorraugh was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Steven Moretto was next, hitting an infield single to shortstop and scoring Smith, tying the game at six.
With one out and the bases still full, Nick Iwasa drove in what would be the game-winning runs, smashing a ball down the third base line for a double, scoring two and putting the Hornets ahead, 8-6.
Coming off the bench to pinch hit, Dawsen Bacho followed Iwasa with a double of his own, driving in two more and capping the five-run seventh inning.
Kansas was unable to answer, going silently in the game's final innings as the Hornets took game one in Lawrence, 11-6.
Sacramento State started the scoring on Tuesday with a three-run first inning, highlighted by a two-out RBI double from Moretto and a two-out RBI single off the bat of Iwasa.
Dylan McPhillips homered in the second for Sacramento State, putting the Hornets ahead, 4-0, after two. The blast was his second of the year.
Kansas scored two in the third, but the Hornets added another in the fifth thanks to a Jayhwaks error and a Dorraugh groundout.
The home half of the fifth proved the costliest for Sacramento State as the Jayhawks tied the game at five, scoring three times on just one hit, two walks, and three hit by pitches. Kansas took the lead, 6-5, one inning later on a solo home run before Sacramento State responded in a big way in the seventh.
The Hornets added their final run of the day in the ninth on a Martin Vincelli-Simard two-out RBI double to drive in Iwasa.
Making just his second start of the season, Iwasa had a monster day for the Hornets, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, three RBIs, and two runs scored. His two-run double in the seventh proved to be the game-winner as Jayhawks went down scoreless in the final three innings.
Moretto and Smith each had three hits for the Hornets, as well. Moretto drove in a pair while Smith scored a game-high three runs.
Seven of nine Hornet starters had at least one hit and all nine reached base safely at least once. In total, Sacramento State piled up 17 hits, matching the most in a game this season (17 hits at Tarleton, Mar. 14).
On the mound, five Hornet pitchers turned in strong outings, including a solid four-inning start from right-hander Eli Saul. Saul allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two and left the game with his team ahead, 4-2.
Cole Tremain pitched Sacramento State out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth to keep the game tied and Brady Rodriguez tossed three scoreless innings out of the 'pen to pick up his sixth win of the year.
Rodriguez, who has appeared in 15 games this season, allowed one run on two hits while striking out four. He did not walk a batter. It was a strong return to form for the reliable left-hander, who struggled in his last appearance, a start at Northern Colorado.
Tuesday's game was the first of two between the Hornets and Jayhawks, who will play again first thing tomorrow morning. First pitch for Wednesday's contest is set for 11:30 am CT / 9:30 am PT. As with Tuesday's game, no broadcast will be available, but fans can follow every pitch live at HornetStats.com.
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