Despite scoring first for the second straight day, Seattle University could not prevent Sacramento State from coming back, and the Hornets received a timely hit late in the contest for a 6-4 victory over the Redhawks in a Western Athletic Conference baseball contest at Bannerwood Park Saturday afternoon.

Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) put the Redhawks on the board in the first inning with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. In the third inning, Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) led off with a single to center field, and Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) followed with his first home run of the year, a two-run shot over the right field wall, to extend Seattle U’s lead to 3-0.

Sacramento State (29-18, 12-8 WAC) started its comeback in the top of the fourth inning, as Will Soto drew a two-out walk and came around to score on a double by David Del Grande. Scotty Burcham sent a ball deep into the gap in right-center field for a triple, driving in Del Grande to cut the Redhawk lead to 3-2.

With one out in the fifth inning, Nathan Lukes and Chris Lewis notched back-to-back singles, and Rhys Hoskins drove both runners in with a double to right-center field, giving the Hornets a 4-3 lead. Evan Ewing (Spokane, Wash.) came on in relief of Redhawk starter Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) and prevented any further damage in the inning.

Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) led off the sixth inning with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and reached third on a wild pitch. After Hornet reliever Zach Morgan notched a strikeout, Hendrickson hit a grounder to Burcham at shortstop, but his throw to first base was high, pulling Hoskins off the bag and allowing Latta to score the game-tying run.

Ewing retired the first eight batters he faced, but Kyle Moses led off the eighth inning with a double to left field, and Andrew Ayers launched his seventh home run of the season over the left field wall to put the Hornets back on top. Sutter McLoughlin relieved Morgan to start the bottom of the eighth and gave up a hit in each inning he worked, but he was able to strand those runners to pick up his WAC-leading 14th save of the season.

Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) was the only Redhawk with a multiple-hit game, going 2-for-5 during the afternoon. Seattle U left 10 runners on base, while Sacramento State stranded only five runners despite outhitting the Redhawks, 9-8. Lewis and Burcham each went 2-for-4 to lead the Hornets.

Seattle University (18-28, 7-12 WAC) will look to salvage the final game of the weekend series Sunday, May 5, starting at 12 noon at Bannerwood Park. Dan Giuliani will broadcast the game on, beginning with the pregame show shortly before first pitch.

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