Hornets score 11 behind strong hitting from bottom of lineup

State Hornet Staff

The Sacramento State hitters put on a show Saturday as they took down Chicago State with an 11 run effort.

Freshman second baseman Brandon Hunley and senior designated hitter Clay Cederquist combined to go 8-for-10 in the 11-6 victory. It was Hunley and Cederquist’s first career four-hit games as Hornets.

The duo also displayed their power as they combined to drive in seven RBIs and each hit a home run.

“It feels good, feeling pretty confident at the plate, I think we all are,” Cederquist said.“We got off to a rough start but it was good to see us bounce back, put up a lot of hits and a lot of runs today.”

The big innings for the Hornets came in the fourth and seventh. In the fourth, two batters got on base with singles before Cederquist launched a three-run home run to right field.

“I was out in front and the wind just kinda took it,” Cederquist said. “ I was just happy to put a good swing on it and the rest just kinda happened.”

In the fifth, Hunley’s two-run home run highlighted an inning in which Sac State put up five runs on the board, taking the lead for good.

“I kind of knew it right off the bat, I hit it pretty well,” Hunley said.

Chicago State was also effective today at the plate as they put up six runs against freshman starting pitcher Sam Long. Long’s earned run average rose to 2.86. The Cougars big run scoring innings also came in the fourth and seventh as they took the lead each time.

Leading Chicago State was Mattingly Romanin who finished the game 2-for-4 with one RBI.

For Sac State, every player in the lineup contributed with at least one hit.

“Yeah it’s really cool when you can get everyone involved,” Hunley said. “You don’t have to be worrying about it if the 1-2-3 guys are getting hits, you can really have confidence in everyone in the lineup.”

The Hornets will look to take the sweep against the Cougars, Sunday at 1 p.m. at John Smith Field.