Baseball team goes 1-2 in Peoria College Showcase

Ross Coleman

The Sacramento State men’s baseball team finished its weekend in Peoria, Ariz. for the Peoria College Showcase going 1-2 against No. 25 ranked Kansas University and Gonzaga University.

On Friday, the Hornets played a doubleheader against the Jayhawks in the early game and the Bulldogs in the late game. Saturday, the Hornets had a rematch against Kansas. Sunday’s scheduled rematch against Gonzaga was canceled due to rain.

In the early session on Friday, the Hornets fell in a close game to the Jayhawks 4-3.

While the Hornets opened the game with a run in the top of the first on a Kirby Young single that scored Jake Chilton, starting pitcher Jesse Darrah was unable to hold the lead, as the Jayhawks quickly answered in the bottom of the inning.

Kansas tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third.

The Hornets cut into the Kansas lead on a Trevor Bloom RBI single in the fourth.

The sixth inning saw the Jayhawks push the lead back to two runs off of relief pitcher Robert Butler who started the inning for Darrah.

Despite another run by the Hornets in the seventh on an RBI single by Young, the Hornets were closed out by Jayhawk reliever Brett Bochy. Brett Bollman got the win for the Jayhawks, Darrah was saddled with the loss for the Hornets and Bochy picked up his first save of the season.

Young had the hot bat for the Hornets in the first game going three for four with an RBI.

Game two saw a tight game turn into a beat down by the Hornets, who recorded an 8-2 victory over the Bulldogs.

Heading into the ninth inning tied 2-2, the Hornets teamed some key hits along with some sloppy play defensively by the Bulldogs.

The Hornets plated six runs in the inning on just three hits. Derrick Chung started the scoring by coming across on an error by shortstop Ernesto Ortiz. Pinch runner Justin Mezzaneras scored on another Bulldog error by second basemen Clayton Eslick. Josh Powers continued the scoring, bringing home pinch hitter Kyle Basket on a double to left.

Despite a pitching change for the Bulldogs, the Hornets weren’t ready to end the inning yet. Young continued the rush of Hornet runs on a single through the right side that brought home Powers and Blake Miller. Chilton scored the final run for the Hornets on a second throwing error by Ortiz.

James Chamberlin got the win for the Hornets, his first of the season. Jeremy Stumetz was given the loss.

Saturday saw the Hornets looking for redemption against the Jayhawks. However, the Jayhawks had over thoughts and laid the lumber to the Hornets pitching staff and finishing off the green and gold 10-4.

Kansas scored four runs in the first inning on five hits off of starting pitcher Brandon Sandoval.

Sandoval lasted four innings and gave up eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits and was given his first loss of the season. For the Jayhawks Cameron Selik earned his second win of the season after a strong 7.1 inning performance in which he scattered six Hornet hits and only gave up one run.

The Hornets tried to make things interesting by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on bases loaded walks by Powers and Mezzaneras and a Chilton single up the middle.

However, they could only plate three runs in the inning and ended up falling to Kansas for the second time in two days.

After the weekend, the Hornets look to improve on their 3-3 record when they travel to Saint Mary’s College on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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