POSTED: 3:17 p.m. HST, May 11, 2012
Derrick Chung hit the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to give Sacramento State a 7-6 victory over Hawaii in the opener of a three-game series at John Smith Field in Sacramento, Calif.
The Hornets (27-23, 9-7 Western Athletic Conference) became the first team to punch their ticket to the WAC tournament after scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.
Collin Bennett became the first Rainbow with two home runs in a game since Kolten Wong did it against Portland on March 13, 2011.
Bennett's three-run homer gave UH a 4-3 lead in the sixth and he hit a two-run shot in the top of the ninth to put the Rainbows (28-19, 8-5) ahead 6-4.
David Del Grande hit a two-run single off of Brent Harrison in the bottom of the ninth after a throwing error on a potential double-play ball allowed the tying run to reach base with nobody out.
UH committed four errors in the game.
Matt Sisto allowed four runs on six hits in six innings with no walks and two strikeouts.
David Longville and Harrison each pitched two innings and Lawrence Chew (2-2) was credited with the loss.
Chew allowed the first two batters to reach base in the 12th on singles before getting the next two guys out. He was lifted for senior Jesse Moore, who gave up the game-winning hit on a 2-2 pitch to Chung to end the game
Bennett finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs and Pi'ikea Kitamura was 2-for-5 with a double, run and RBI to lead Hawaii.
Game 2 of the series is on Saturday at 10 a.m. Hawaii time.