Hornets lose series opener to Arizona

Jerod Moreno

The Sacramento State baseball team was not able to produce timely hitting as it fell to Arizona 3-1 on Friday evening.

Sac State (8-4) starting pitcher Sam Long allowed three earned runs through seven innings on seven hits, while striking out two and walking just one.

Sac State brought across the first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Senior right fielder Chris Lewis drew a lead-off walk to start the inning. Sophomore left fielder Andrew McWilliam advanced the runner to third base on a single up the middle. Finally, sophomore center fielder Bronson Grubbs hit an RBI single to right field to give Sac State the lead 1-0.

Arizona (9-4) answered back quickly as they tied the game with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning. Junior second baseman Louis Boyd led the inning off with a double down the left field line. Senior first baseman Ryan Aguilar followed up with a bunt for a hit and moved Boyd to third base with no outs.

Senior right fielder Zach Gibbons scored Boyd with an RBI single to right field. Long was able to get three straight outs after the one run to minimize the harm for Sac State.

Arizona took the lead 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning off of a two RBI single to center field by sophomore catcher Ryan Haug. The two runners reached base earlier in the inning on a single and a walk.

Seven of the nine starters for the Hornets added a hit for team but were unable to string them together to produce runs. As a team, the Hornets were just 2-for-16 with runners on base and 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Arizona was able to capitalize with runners on third with less than two outs, scoring on two different occasions during these circumstances. Sac State had a runner on third base with less than two outs during two different innings and were unable to score.

Grubbs had the lone RBI and Kody Reynolds was the only player to score for the Hornets. Blake Edmonson, Chris Lewis and James Outman each contributed a double.

Game two of the three-game series will begin Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Hornets look to tie up the series.