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May 9, 2013

BASEBALL STARTS HOMESTAND AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE ON FRIDAY

Weekly Notes
• Winners of six of seven and eight of 10, the Sacramento State baseball team returns to John Smith Field for the first of two three game series to end the 2013 regular season. The Hornets will face San Jose State this weekend beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. The second game will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. and the series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
• The Hornets are 30-19 overall and 12-9 in Western Athletic Conference games. Sacramento State most recently took two of three at Seattle last weekend and defeated UC Davis on Tuesday. Since April 1, the Hornets are now 16-6.
• Despite the recent success, Sacramento State is still two games behind CSU Bakersfield (14-7) for the conference lead. UT Arlington, who the Hornets host next weekend, and Texas State are tied for second at 13-8.

Broadcast Notes
• An audio broadcast of all three games of the series will streamed for free via hornetsports.com with Kyle Madson calling the action
• Live stats for all games can be also viewed on hornetsports.com.

TEAM COMPARISON
Below is a look at how Sacramento State stacks up against this weekend's opponent in overall statistics.

  SAC SJSU
Overall Record 30-19 14-34
Home Record 16-9 10-15
Away Record 14-10 4-19
WAC Record 12-9 8-13
Last 10 Game 8-2 1-9
Batting    
Batting Average .276 .288
Runs 265 224
Hits 464 476
Doubles 86 77
Triples 12 9
Home Runs 28 8
RBIs 236 208
Pitching    
ERA 3.54 6.39
Innings 427.0 415.2
Hits 405 543
Runs 195 338
Earned Runs 168 295
Walks 143 183
Strikeouts 244 228
Fielding    
Fielding Pct. .979 .975
Errors 39 44
Double Plays 45 38


A LOOK BACK AT THE SEATTLE SERIES
The Hornets won their second consecutive series after winning the first two games at Seattle over the weekend.

On Friday, Brennan Leitao threw eight solid innings and Sacramento State pounded out seven doubles to cruise to a 7-1 win. Rhys Hoskins and Chris Lewis each had two doubles and Lewis finished the game 4-for-5.

Saturday's game was tied, 4-4, after seven innings but Andrew Ayers' two-run home run in the eight provided the Hornets a 6-4 victory. Zach Morgan earned the win in two innings of relief and Sutter McLoughlin picked up his 14th save of the year after pitching the eighth and ninth.

Sacramento State's bid for a sweep came up short on Sunday as the Redhawks claimed a 10-7 win. Seattle never trailed in the contest and took advantage of 15 hits and three Hornet errors. The 15 hits were the most allowed by Sacramento State this season. Kyle Moses and Ayers each went 3-for-5 to spark the Hornet offense. Ayers and Lewis also homered in the game.

A LOOK BACK AT THE UC DAVIS GAME
Sacramento State scored four runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 4-3 win at UC Davis on Tuesday at Dobbins Stadium. The victory completed a three-game season sweep for the Hornets.

Down 3-0 the Hornets received a leadoff single up the middle from Scotty Burcham and a soft line drive from Dane Fujinaka to begin the inning. After a fly out, Nathan Lukes singled to left field to drive in Burcham. Chris Lewis followed with a double which one-hopped against the left field wall to tie the game. Fujinaka easily scored on the play but it was Lukes, who ran through a stop sign at third base and dodged the tag at the plate, that provided the tying run.

Will Soto later hit a bases-loaded chopper to first where Nick Lynch elected to touch first base before throwing home. That delay allowed Lewis to slide in ahead of the tag for the go-ahead run.

A LOOK AHEAD
Sacramento State will play at Pacific on Tuesday in  its final non-league game of the year.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans were swept at New Mexico State and also lost to Cal Poly on Tuesday to extend their losing streak to six straight games.
   
Five regular starters are hitting .300 or better led by  Matt Carroll's .347 average. Andrew Mercurio leads the team with 64 hits. As a team, SJSU has eight home runs, including three from Nick Schulz.
   
Head coach Dave Nakama is in his first year leading the Spartans. Nakama brings experience from Washington and Stanford.

NO ADJUSTMENT TIME
Sophomore Brennan Leitao made a smooth transition to the team's Friday starter after making all his previous starts on Saturday. At Seattle, Leitao threw eighth innings and gave up just one run to improve to 7-2 on the year. In that game against the Redhawks, Leitao allowed only four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

The Irvine, Calif., native leads the team's starters with a 2.57 ERA and is holding the opposition to a .204 average in 12 starts (84.0 innings) this season.

In WAC play, Leitao is 6-1 with a 1.62 ERA. He's thrown a team-leading 50 innings and struck out 21. Leitao also has a WHIP of 1.00.
 
ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO
The tag team freshmen duo of Chris Lewis and Nathan Lukes are both on pace to rewrite the Hornet record book. Lewis set the Sacramento State single season freshman record last weekend and Lukes is close behind.

Lewis leads the team with 65 hits as well as a .349 average in 49 games. The previous Hornet freshman record was 62 set by Tim Wheeler in 2007. Wheeler went on to become a first round draft choice of the Colorado Rockies and is currently in Triple-A.

Lewis, a redshirt freshman, started the first 47 games of the season at designated hitter before being called upon to replae Rhys Hoskins at first base. His inexperience at the position was put to the team in the bottom of the ninth at UC Davis where he was able to snag a hard hit ball for the final out of the game.

Lukes, a true freshman from nearby Center HS, ranks second on the team with a .316 average. His 61 hits places him just off of Wheeler's mark.
 
SLAMMING THE DOOR
Freshman Sutter McLoughlin allowed two hits but didn't surrender a run en route to his 15th save of the season at UC Davis on Tueaday. The save moved McLoughlin into a tie for third in Div. I this season and continued to add to his school single season record.

The Rio Americano HS graduate has now converted his last in his last 11 appearances and has an ERA of 1.80 in his 30.0 innings of work. His next save will move him into a tie with Michael Penbera for second on the school career list. The career record of 26 was set by Mike Frame from 1987-89.
 
A RARE CHANGE
When Rhys Hoskins came down awkwardly and rolled his ankle in game two of the Seattle series, it created the need to mix up the Sacramento State lineup. David Del Grande moved from center to first for the last three innings of that game with Kyle Moses coming in to play the outfield.

For the last two games, Chris Lewis has shifted to first base and Moses has become the team's DH. All Moses has done since being inserted into the lineup is go 5-for-11 (.455), score two runs and drive in another.

Hoskins' status for the remainder of the regular season remains day-to-day.

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