The Aggie baseball team outlasted Sacramento State in a pitching duel at Hornet Field winning 4-2 on Friday afternoon. The Aggies for the 11th time in the past 12 games gave up a score in the first inning as the Hornets took advantage of a couple of Aggie errors.
Sacramento State's Justin Mezzaneras led the game off with a bunt single. Kirby Young bunted himself on as third baseman Joel Cardinal committed a fielding error and then and both Hornet baserunners advanced on a throwing error by Cardinal putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Trevor Paine came to the plate next for Sacramento State and singled to center field driving in both Mezzaneras and Young and giving the Hornets a 2-0 lead. The Aggies would get former Aggie Trevor Bloom to fly out ot venter field and then Josh Powers would single putting runners at first and second with just one out. However, starting pitcher Dan Reid would induce a double play ball to get himself and the Aggies out of the inning.
Neither team would score until the top of the fourth inning as Chris Auten would draw a full count two-out walk which was followed by a Chace Perkins RBI double to center field. Auten would come around to score from first and the Aggie cut the deficit to 2-1.
In the top of the sixth inning Ryan Aguayo would reach on a catcher's interference and Leo Aguirre would single to right field putting runners at first and second. After a pair of Aggie outs, Joel Cardinal stepped to the plate and singled to center field scoring Aguyao from second. Parker Hipp would draw a full count walk to load the bases and then Jared Jordan would draw a five pitch walk to bring Aguirre in to score giving the Aggies a 3-2 lead.
Scott Coffman would come into the game in the 8th inning replacing starter Dan Reid and Coffman would quickly put himself in trouble as he gave up back-to-back singles to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Both runners would advance a base after a wild pitch by Coffman but then the sophomore pitcher would buckle down getting Josh Powers to strike out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, A.J. Nunez would pop out in foul ground to first baseman Chris Auten and Coffman wouldd strike out Andrew Ayers to get out of the jam.
The Aggies headed to the ninth looking for an insurance run and Wesley Starkes would get a one out single to center field to give the Aggies a chance. After a Nate Shaver strikeout, Ryan Aguayo hit a two-out RBI double to right center scoring Starkes all the way from first base to put the Aggies up 4-2.
Stephen Anderson would come in to pitch the ninth inning and made quick work of Hornets sending them down in order for the save.
Reid picked up the victory for the Aggies as he improved to 5-1 on the season. Reid threw 7.0 innings and gave two runs, just one earned and scattered seven hits while striking out three and walking two. Sacramento State's Jesse Darrah took the loss for Sacramento State falling to 3-3 on the season. He threw 6.0 innings givin gup three runs, two earned, walking four and striking out five Aggie batters. He allowed four hits but two for doubles. Logan Todd pitched the final three innings for the Hornets giving up three hits and one earned run while striking out three and walking one.
The Aggies improve to 7-2-1 in league play and 29-12-1 overall. The two teams will meet once again for game three of the series on Saturday afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m. MT.