Sacramento State swept a pair of games on Friday in Mesa, Ariz., to stay alive in its bid to repeat as Western Athletic Conference tournament baseball champions.
The fourth-seeded Hornets (33-26) beat No. 5 Utah Valley 9-3 in the morning game, then topped No. 3 North Dakota 10-2 in the afternoon game in the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament.
Sac State will play the loser of Friday night’s winner’s bracket game between top seeded Seattle and No. 2 Bakersfield at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Against North Dakota (24-27), Brennan Leitao scattered three hits in eight innings to pick up his seventh win of the season and Kyle Moses and Brandon Hunley each had three hits to lead the Hornets’ 15-hit attack. Vinny Esposito, Gunner Pollman and Chris Lewis each had a double and a single. Pollman and Esposito each drove in two runs.
In the morning game against Utah Valley, Lewis and Esposito hit two-run home runs and Dan Deely had four hits and two RBIs. Left-hander Jake Stassi went five innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Tyler Beardsley and Grant Kukuk held Utah Valley scoreless over the last four innings.
Utah Valley (19-34) had beaten Sac State 3-2 in 10 innings in Wednesday’s opener to force the Hornets to play from the loser’s bracket.