Sacramento State scored six runs and matched its season-high with 11 hits, but it was Santa Clara who came out on top of Sunday’s 10-6 finale. With Sunday’s loss, the Hornets split the series in Santa Clara.
Sacramento State (7-4) had 11 hits on Sunday, matching its season-high output from a night ago, and scored six runs, typically more than enough for a Hornets win. Santa Clara (4-7) came out swinging though, scoring 10 times on 12 hits just one night after being shut out by the Hornets’ staff.
Things started early for the Santa Clara offense as the Broncos tagged Sacramento State starter Eli Saul for four runs on four hits and a walk in just one inning. Saul, who took a no decision in his third start of the season, lasted just the one inning and was the first of seven Hornets pitchers to see action on Sunday.
Undeterred by the early deficit, Sacramento State battled its way back, scoring three in the second on a Keith Torres two-run double and a Jorge Bojorquez RBI-single. Just one inning later, the Hornets tied the game at four thanks to an RBI-double off the bat of Steven Moretto.
Sacramento State managed to scratch across a run in both the eighth and ninth innings – even loading the bases with nobody out in the ninth – but was unable to do more than that as the game went final, 10-6.