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Series at Texas, Night Game at Raley Field Highlight 2013 Baseball Schedule

Series at Texas, Night Game at Raley Field Highlight 2013 Baseball Schedule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A season-opening series at Texas and a night game against Fresno State at Raley Field highlight Sacramento State baseball's 2013 schedule, head coach Reggie Christiansen announced on Thursday.

Christiansen and the Hornets, fresh off their first Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in program history, will also face six new league foes this year as CSU Bakersfield, Dallas Baptist, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, Texas-Arlington and Seattle U have joined the WAC for baseball in 2013. The league lost Nevada, Fresno State and Hawai'i while San Jose State, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and the Hornets are the four returning teams.

With Fresno State no longer a conference opponent, the Bulldogs and Hornets will play two midweek games this season, including a March 26 meeting at Raley Field.

The last time the Hornets played at Raley Field was in 2002, when they defeated rival UC Davis and lost to Cal Poly in front of more than 2,000 fans. Sacramento State also played two games at Raley Field in 2001, including a 12-3 shellacking of No. 7 ranked Stanford and Cardinal ace Jeremy Guthrie. The Hornets were scheduled to play UC Davis in 2003, but the game was rained out.

Before the Hornets play at Raley Field, they open up the season with a marquee three-game series at Texas. Longhorns head coach Augie Garrido, a Vallejo, Calif., native, hired Sacramento State hitting coach Tommy Nicholson, a UT alum, following the 2012 season. The Hornets replaced Nicholson with former San Francisco Giants catcher Steve Holm.

In addition to the season-opening series against the Longhorns, the Hornets play a non-conference road series at UC Santa Barbara. Sacramento State plays three non-conference home series in 2013 against UC Riverside, Utah Valley and Cal State Northridge. Last season, with just six WAC opponents, the Hornets played eight non-conference series, three more than this year.

In league play, Sacramento State hosts CSU Bakersfield in its WAC opener before also welcoming Texas State, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and Texas-Arlington to John Smith Field. The Hornets play at Dallas Baptist, New Mexico State, Texas-San Antonio and Seattle U.

This year the WAC Tournament, which runs from May 22-25, will feature eight teams, up from six last season, and be held at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The winner of the WAC Tournament earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Hornets lost to Fresno State in the tournament title game last season.

In midweek play, in addition to Fresno State, the Hornets will meet Nevada, rival UC Davis, Saint Mary's, San Francisco and Pacific throughout the season.

Coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history, the Hornets return WAC MVP, second baseman Andrew Ayers, and freshman All-America outfielder Rhys Hoskins. The Hornets also return every pitcher who made a start in 2012.

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