STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Doyle had two hits, including a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning, and Sacramento State avoided elimination with a 6-4 victory over UC Santa Barbara at the Stanford Regional on Saturday.
Hornets’ leadoff hitter Bronson Grubbs singled in his first three at bats and drove in three runs to help Sacramento (40-24) open a 4-0 lead after four innings.
Austin Roberts (5-4) pitched the final three innings to earn the win. Shea Barry (0-2) pitched two innings, allowing two runs on one hit. Doyle doubled against reliever Chris Lincoln.
UCSB junior outfielder Tommy Jew suffered a broken left leg beating out an infield hit in the top of the sixth. He was on the ground for about 10 minutes while a cart was brought out to carry him off.
“It was clearly broken,” UCSB coach Andrew Checketts said. “It didn’t look good.”
Jew made his 164th consecutive start for the Gauchos (45-11), who lost for the fourth time in five games. Michael McAdoo replaced Jew, whose hustle paid off as Santa Barbara went on to score twice in the inning and close within 4-3.
Pinch hitter Christian Kirtley doubled to lead off the eighth and eventually scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
Sacramento State’s Tanner Dalton made his 29th appearance and third start of the season, throwing a season-high 90 pitches. He allowed a run on four hits over five innings and left with the lead. He walked two and struck out five.
Gauchos’ Jack Dashwood did not get out of the fourth inning, giving up four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Michael McGreevy got out of a jam in the fourth and kept the Hornets off the scoreboard in his two innings.