San Jose State broke a 0-0 tie with a three-run 11th inning to defeat the Sacramento State Hornets 3-0 and take three of four in a Western Athletic Conference weekend series.
The win improves the Spartans record to 30-16, 9-7 in WAC play. Sacramento State falls to 2-10 in league and 15-31 overall.
In the top of the 11th Danny Stienstra led off with a single to right. Andrew Rodriguez was hit by a pitch from Hornet Brandon Creel to move Stienstra into scoring position. Nick Borg hit into an apparent 4-6-3 double play, but the exchange at second pulled the shortstop off the bag and the Hornets recorded just the out at first. An intentional walk to Tyler Christian loaded the bases.
Michael DiRocco then hit a chop just over the outstretched glove of the Hornets third baseman Will Soto and down the left field line plating two runs of the game.
“I was just trying to get the ball in the air and score at least one run when I came up,” DiRocco said. “When it got 2-2 and I wanted to put the ball in play. Luckily it went over the third baseman’s head. I will take that any day and honestly it was really hot out there and I wanted to get the game over with.”
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