BASEBALL ENDS SEASON WITH 3-0 WIN OVER SAN JOSE STATE
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Will Soto drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and senior starter Zach Morgan pitched eight strong innings as Sacramento State defeated San Jose State, 3-0, in the team's final game at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Hornets ended the year with a 34-25 overall record. The Spartans concluded the season at 17-41.
With Morgan and SJSU starter D.J. Slaton locked in a scoreless pitchers duel, Soto broke the tie with a double to right center which scored Andrew Ayers from second in the bottom of the sixth inning for the game's first run.
Two innings later, Soto hit a nearly identical ball to the gap to plate Nathan Lukes from third and Ayers from first.
"Will had an outstanding last two games and hit the ball well," Sacramento State head coach Reggie Christiansen said of the third baseman. "I think he'll roll that into his senior season."
The three run cushion was more than enough for a pair of senior pitchers who ended their careers by combining for Sacramento State's ninth shutout of the season. Morgan (7-2) allowed six hits with five strikeouts and a walk on a highly efficient 87 pitches. The biggest threat he faced came in the sixth when the Spartans had runners on first and third with one out. A failed sacrifice led to Morgan throwing out the lead runner at the plate for the second out and he ended the frame with a one-hop comebacker to the mound.
"He's been through so much with us over the last four years and to see the way he pitched down the stretch was absolutely awesome," Christiansen said. "He went out there with the mentality that he was not going to lose."
Brandon Creel pitched the ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Senior Andrew Ayers, who made his first start of the season at shortstop, went 3-for-4 to lead the Hornet offense.
"For us to have back-to-back 30 win seasons, he's a big part of that," Christiansen said. "His leadership, his play, he's a special player."
NOTES: Greg Meyer made his first start of the season and was 1-for-3 with a walk…Scott Loper started a second base for the first time since Feb. 26…the game was played in 1:59 marking the seventh time this season the Hornets have played in less than two hours.