SACRAMENTO, Calif. – For the ninth straight year, Sacramento State reached the 30-win mark, improving to 30-18 with a thrilling, 7-6 win in game one on Saturday. The Hornets dropped part two of Saturday's twin bill, 8-0 to San Francisco.
Sacramento State climbed to 30-19 overall following Saturday's doubleheader. San Francisco is now 21-24 overall.
The Hornets have now won at least 30 games in nine straight seasons, excluding the shortened 2020 campaign. Sacramento State is the only Div. I program in California with 30 or more wins each season since the start of 2012.
Saturday's game one ending in thrilling fashion as the Hornets overcame a 5-0 deficit to walk off on the Dons, 7-6. Graduate transfer Logan Denholm picked up his first RBI of the season with a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. The walk-off victory is the Hornets' third this season
Before Denholm was able to walk things off for the Hornets, Sacramento State had to overcome an early five-run deficit after the Dons jumped ahead 5-0 in the third.
Matt Smith drove in Sacramento State's first run with a two-out, RBI single in the third, the second of four hits in the game for the Hornets' offensive leader. One batter later, Ryan Walstad's two-out double scored Smith to pull the Hornets within three.
Dawsen Bacho, who led off the bottom of the seventh with a double before scoring the game-winning run, had a big afternoon for the Hornets, blasting a game-tying, three-run home run out to left-center in the fifth.
San Francisco managed to tie the game in the top of the seventh on a controversial call at first base. The Hornets felt the Dons runner, who collided with Ryan Walstad at first base attempting to receive a throw, was out of the running lane. The call was upheld, however, forcing the game to the bottom of the seventh where Denholm had a chance to play the hero.
After San Francisco got to Hornets starter Travis Adams early in game one, the Sacramento State bullpen shut things down to allow the offense a chance to climb back into the game. Max Pettey threw two perfect innings, striking out three.
Game two featured substantially less excitement as Sacramento State managed just one hit in a lopsided, 8-0 loss to the Dons. The shutout was Sacramento State's sixth such loss this season and its fifth at home.
Ryan Walstad's first inning double gave the Hornets their only hit of the day. A Hunter Dorraugh hit by pitch in the third and a Jack Bollengier walk in the fifth were all the base runners the Hornets managed in game two.
Sacramento State and San Francisco will close out this weekend's four-game series back in San Francisco tomorrow, Sunday, May 16. First pitch for tomorrow's series finale at Benedetti Diamond is set for 1 p.m. PT. The game will stream live online on the WCC Sports Network with live stats available at HornetStats.com. Direct links for both can be found on the Sacramento State baseball schedule.
As always, for the latest news, notes, schedule updates, and more, including direct links to streaming and live stats, be sure to visit the Sacramento State baseball schedule online at HornetSports.com.