Playing at John Smith Field for the first time this season, Sacramento State swept Saturday’s doubleheader against Texas State, clinching the series win in the process. The Hornets defeated the Bobcats, 8-4, in game one, before coming from behind to win game two, 5-4.
With the pair of victories, Sacramento State is now 3-2 overall on the season. Texas State drops to 3-4.
After scoring just seven runs in their first three games last weekend at Arizona State, the Hornets offense came to life in Saturday’s afternoon contest, scoring eight runs on 10 hits. Sacramento State struck first with a run in each of the third and fourth innings before opening the game up with a four-run fifth.
The fifth inning featured a little bit of everything from the Hornets. Trevor Doyle doubled home two runs before Sacramento State took advantage of a Bobcats balk, scoring Logan Denholm from third. Freshman Jack Bollengier, making his first career start, drove in the final run of the inning with a one-out base hit through the right side, his first career hit.
Up 6-1, the Hornets allowed Texas State to score in the sixth, climbing within four, but the Hornets added two more in the seventh on another RBI-base hit from Bollengier and a run-scoring single off the bat of Chris Gonzalez.
The Bobcats added another in each the eighth and ninth innings, but the damage was already done as Sacramento State cruised to an 8-4 victory.
In his Sacramento State debut, centerfielder Jack Bollengier finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs driven in. He was joined by Trevor Doyle, who collected a team-high three hits and scored three runs while driving in another two.
On the mound, Scott Randall got the start for the Hornets, throwing five innings of one-run ball. He scattered four hits, struck out three, and walked one while picking up his first win of the season. He lowered his season ERA to 2.70 with the outing.
Following the offensive outburst of game one, runs were a little more difficult to come by in game two, though Sacramento State found just enough in a come-from-behind 5-4 win.
The Hornets struck first for the second straight game when Martin Vincelli-Simard smashed a two-run home run out to left field in the second inning. The blast was his first of the season and the ninth of his career.
The lead wouldn’t last as Texas State broke through against Hornets’ starter Travis Adams for three runs in the top of the fifth, taking a 3-2 lead. Adams, who threw five innings in Saturday’s game two, allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five.
Sacramento State came back for the first time in the game, evening the score at three when Dawsen Bacho worked a bases-loaded walk to force home a run.
The Bobcats pulled away for a second time in Saturday’s game two, scoring another run in the top half of the sixth to retake the lead, 4-3. But the Hornets were far from finished, taking advantage of two Texas State errors in the home half of the sixth to scratch across two runs, first on a Steven Moretto sacrifice fly to tie the game and again on a dropped fly ball error to retake the lead, this time for good.
Rylan Tinsley made his John Smith Field debut, and although he allowed a run in one inning of work, picked up his first Sacramento State win after the Hornets scored twice in the sixth.
Hornets closer Stone Churby got the ninth and, after a leadoff single to start the inning, picked up an out on a sacrifice bunt before striking out the final two batters of the game, both looking, for his second save of the season.
The Hornets went on to win Sunday’s game 7-1 to close out the sweep.