Hornets take rubber game in extras


Sac State vs. UCD 2-21-11 3 Young:With the count 2-2 with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Senior Kirby Young has the game riding on him.:Steven Turner – State Hornet

AJ Taylor

The Sacramento State Hornets baseball team improved their record to 2-1 after winning the last of a three game series, 3-2 in ten innings against rival UC Davis.

Center fielder Eli Davis, whose diving catch closed out the top half of the 10th inning, led of the bottom off the tenth with a single and reached second on a throwing error by Aggie’s center fielder Tom Briner.

Two outs and two strikes later, Hornets shortstop Kirby Young put the ball past the first baseman, into right field, plating Davis and claiming victory for the Hornets in walk-off fashion.

“It felt great,” Davis said. “Our leader up there, you’ve got to give all the credit to Kirby Young. That kid is a leader and he came through when we needed it most and he’s the guy who you want at the plate when the games on the line like that with two strikes, and it felt good.”

The Hornets led 2-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning at John Smith Field. With one out and nobody on in the ninth, the Aggies’ designated hitter and the day’s starting pitcher, Scott Lyman, came to the plate and singled to center field.

Lyman was replaced by pinch runner Corbin Cutshaw, who advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Cutshaw advanced to third after a ground out to the first base side.

With two outs in the ninth, pinch hitter C.J. Blom knocked in the game tying run with a single to left field.

Freshman Dallas Chadwick took the ball from new head coach Reggie Christiansen, and went five innings, giving up three hits and one run. Chadwick finished with one strikeout and one walk.

“Yesterday you had Tanner (Mendonca) and Sam (Kuykendall) go out here and throw well. Dallas comes out and I think they’re competitive. They’re competing against each other and want to continue to make our club better and Dallas went out there and threw very well today,” Christiansen said.

The first run of the game came in the second inning with two outs. Lyman, who had given up a single to designated hitter Trevor Paine, walked two and hit a batter to allow for Paine to cross the plate.

“Thats how it went all three games,” Chadwick said. “I knew it was going to come down to one pitch or one mistake by someone, and we pulled it off and won.”

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