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BASEBALL CLAIMS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WAC SERIES WITH 7-4 WIN OVER CALIFORNIA BAPTIST ON SUNDAY

BASEBALL CLAIMS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WAC SERIES WITH 7-4 WIN OVER CALIFORNIA BAPTIST ON SUNDAY

SACRAMENTO -- Senior Steven Moretto finished with a pair of doubles and three RBI while sophomore right-hander Kevin Haynes was stellar with four shutout innings in relief, helping lift Sacramento State to a 7-4 victory over visiting California Baptist and its fifth consecutive Western Athletic Conference series win on Sunday at John Smith Field.

The Hornets won for the seventh time in their last nine games, improving to 23-20 overall and 13-11 in conference play with the victory while taking the series from the Lancers for the second time in the brief head-to-head history.

California Baptist fell to 26-14 overall and 12-9 in the WAC with the loss.

Haynes (5-0) earned his second win of the weekend with four masterful innings, scattering just two hits and striking out five after entering in the fourth inning in the place of starter Colin Hunter, who was tagged for four early runs in the first three innings, but took the no-decision thanks to a big third-inning rally by the Sacramento State offense.

Meanwhile, junior right-hander Jack Zalasky earned his third save of the week, allowing a hit and striking out a pair over the final two innings to increase his season total to seven. Zalasky, who also earned the save in wins at Saint Mary's on April 26 and in the series opener with CBU, now has 11 saves for his career, giving him sole possession of seventh on the school's all-time list.

After the Lancers put up a pair of runs in both the second and third innings to take an early lead, the Hornet bats woke up in a big way in the home half of the third, completely erasing the four-run deficit to tie the game.

Nick Iwasa was hit by a pitch to lead-off the frame and promptly came around to score when Jorge Bojorquez doubled to the wall in left field to score Iwasa from first and break up the shutout. Trevor Doyle followed with a single back through the box to make it 2-0 and a one-out wakl to Jeffery Heard chased California Baptist starter Drew Necochea from the game.

That brought up Moretto, who laced the first of his two doubles on the day off Liam Rocha to left, easily scoring a pair to tie the game.


The score stayed that way until the sixth when Sacramento State was able to take advantage of a two-out error that gave the Hornets the lead for good. Keith Torres reached on a one-out single and moved to second when Bojorquez worked a walk. After a pitching change, Doyle rolled a ball to the right side that kicked off a Lancer infielder, rolling down the right field line enough to score Torres from second and a 5-4 lead.


Sacramento State added on with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings for some breathing room as Torres drove home Moretto, who walked, with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, while Moretto laced a two-out double with two on in the eighth, scoring Doyle, who walked, for the final 7-4 advantage.

A patient Hornet lineup was able to draw a total of 10 walks combined on the day, three of those issued to Martin Vincelli-Simard in four plate appearances. Moretto also added a pair of free passes as did Dawsen Bacho, who took an intentional walk in the Sacramento State still threatening in the sixth after taking the lead.

It marked the fourth time this year that the Hornets have finished with 10-or-more walk and the most since they draw 11 against Seattle U at home on April 15. Sacramento State's season high for walks as a team is 12 set against Houston Baptist back on March 4.

Josh Walker added a pair of hits to join Moretto in the multi-hit club, while four other Hornets finished with hits.

Sacramento State returns home to finish out a run of four straight at John Smith Field on Tuesday (May 3) at 6 p.m., welcoming San Francisco for a non-conference clash. The Dons handed the Hornets a 6-5 loss in 11 innings back March 15 at Benedetti Diamond.