Dillon’s strong start helps Hornets beat Cal State Bakersfield

State Hornet Staff

The Sacramento State baseball team rode the outstanding pitching performance by freshman starting pitcher Justin Dillon beating Cal State Bakersfield and taking the series rubber match.

Dillon had the top game for any pitcher all season as he went eight innings and allowed just one hit in the 7-3 victory. This was the his longest outing in seven starts and he earned his second win.

Dillon is coming off a start against Oregon State in which he surrendered six runs in just two innings.

Helping Dillon on the offensive side was the Hornets 1-through-4 hitters in the lineup. Led by junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins, the top of the order combined to go 7-15 in the game with scoring all seven of the runs scored.

Sac State got on the board early as it put up three runs in the top of the first inning.

There were three doubles in the inning from sophomore right fielder Nathan Lukes, junior shortstop Scotty Burcham and Hoskins. The Hornets would add another run in the fifth until putting up yet another three runs in the ninth.

This time it was four singles and a hit by pitch that led to the three runs. With Sac State cruising to a 7-0 lead, the Roadrunners decided to fight back as they threatened to make the game close.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Hornets freshman relief pitcher Austin Ragsdale took over for Dillon and gave up three runs. Ragsdale gave up a single and then an error by senior third baseman Will Soto led to CSUB having two on and no outs.

The Roadrunners Soloman Williams would launch a three-run home run to close the gap in the next at bat. It was Williams third home run of the season.

Ragsdale was pulled for sophomore closer Sutter McLoughlin and he shut down Bakersfield to clinch the win and the series.

The Hornets are now 14-4 in the Western Athletic Conference and 27-17 overall. Sac State will take on Menlo College Tuesday at 1 p.m. at John Smith Field.