PHOENIX -- Six different Hornet batters finished with multiple hits on the day, including three-hit outings from Dawsen Bacho, Martin Vincelli-Simard, and Trevor Doyle, to help Sacramento State take a late lead in the eighth, but five unaswered runs by Grand Canyon over the final two innings lifted the host 'Lopes to a walk-off, 11-10, victory in their Western Athletic Conference series finale on Sunday afternoon at Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark.
With the loss, the Hornets fell to 24-23 overall and 14-13 in conference play, while GCU improved to 33-16 overall and 19-5 in conference, taking four of the six meetings from Sacramento State during the regular season.
Bacho's performance marked his 13th multi-hit game of the year and, in the process, became the 15th player in the history of the program to reach 200 career hits, joining teammate Steven Moretto, who accomplished the feat against California Baptist last weekend.
The three hits by Vincelli-Simard — which included a pair of doubles — tied his career high, matching the mark last set at Tarleton back on March 13 of last season. Meanwhile, Doyle's three hits tied his season high set at Dixie State on April 23, adding a triple, two runs scored, and a pair of RBI.
Trailing by a run in the seventh, Doyle's triple tied the game, scoring Josh Rolling, and Gunner Gouldsmith followed with a sacrifice fly that gave the Hornets their first lead since the fourth. The big blow then came in the eighth with some help from the 'Lopes defense as a two-out Doyle bunt single, an error, and a walk, loaded the bases for Jeffery Heard, who laced a double down the right field line to clear the bases, staking Sacramento State to the 10-6 advantage.
Grand Canyon, however, would not go quietly, as an error and a single put two on with one out in the bottom of the eighth for Tayler Aguilar, who dropped a single into left centerfield to make it 10-7, before Homer Bush, Jr., followed with a game-tying three-run shot over the wall in left, making it 10-10.
Sacramento State managed to load the bases in the ninth on a Bacho single, a Vincelli-Simard double, and an intentional walk to Rolling, but reliever Blake Reilly induced a pop-up and a fly ball to centerfield to retire the side and keep the Hornets off the board.
In the bottom of the inning, Grand Canyon quickly loaded the bases itself on a pair of singles and an intentional walk for Aguilar once again, who singled over the head of the drawn-in outfield to easily score Elijah Buries with the winning run.
Sacramento State returns to action on Tuesday (May 10) at 6 p.m., heading down Highway 99 to take on Fresno State in non-conference play, before returning home to host Utah Valley in a three-game series on May 13-15 to close out WAC play at John Smith Field.