May 25, 2018
MESA, Ariz. – In a matchup that few anticipated heading into the 2018 WAC Tournament, the #2 Sacramento State baseball team eliminated the top-seeded Grand Canyon University Thursday afternoon by a final score of 8-2.
The Hornets (33-24) rallied for seven runs in the fifth inning to take a commanding 8-0 lead over the Lopes (33-24). Sacramento State showed an excellent approach at the plate, being patient and working good at-bats. The approach paid off as the team drew five walks in their seven-run inning.
Leading 1-0, the inning started for Sacramento State with a Dylan McPhillips walk. After Josh Urps popped out, Ian Dawkins and Keith Torres drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out.
Matt Smith opened the door on the scoring, smashing a two-run double to left field. It was the second two-run double of the afternoon for Smith, who also had one in Friday morning’s 17-3 rout of CSU Bakersfield.
James Outman followed Smith’s double with a two-run double of his own, an opposite field shot into the left-field corner. After Vinny Esposito drew the fourth walk of the inning, PJ Floyd brought both Outman and Esposito home with a stand-up triple.
The final run of the inning came on the next batter as Andrew McWilliam hit a deep sacrifice fly to straight away center field to score Floyd.
Sacramento State scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning on a RBI fielder’s choice by Keith Torres. It was the second time in two Friday games that the Hornets scored first. For the season, Sacramento State is now 26-10 when scoring the game’s first run.
Although most of the damage came in one inning, it was another excellent showing by the Hornets’ offense. As impressive as the offense was, however, the outing by freshman starter Scott Randall was just as, …