2014 Sacramento State Baseball News
August 22, 2014
BASEBALL COACH CHRISTIANSEN EARNS CONTRACT EXTENSION THROUGH 2019
Sacramento State baseball head coach Reggie Christiansen has agreed to a contract extension and a deal that will keep him in the Hornet program through the 2019 season, Sacramento State Interim Athletics Director Bill Macriss announced on Friday.
July 22, 2014
HORNET BASEBALL PLAYERS IN THE PROS UPDATE
Eight former Sacramento State baseball players are continuing their careers in the professional ranks this summer, including 2014 draft picks Rhys Hoskins and Alex Palsha.
July 9, 2014
BASEBALL ADDS EIGHT PLAYERS, SIX FROM THE SACRAMENTO AREA
The Sacramento State baseball team welcomed eight new Hornets who will officially join the program this fall as announced by head coach Reggie Christiansen. Six of the eight newcomers are local to the Sacramento area.
June 30, 2014
HORNET STUDENT-ATHLETES COMBINE FOR 36 SPRING ACADEMIC HONORS
Eight Sacramento State spring teams have combined for 36 conference all-academic honors in the sports of women’s golf, softball, baseball, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.
June 19, 2014
BASEBALL’S HOSKINS NAMED TO ABCA/RAWLINGS WEST REGION SECOND TEAM
Former Sacramento State first baseman Rhys Hoskins received another postseason honor as he has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings 2014 West Region Second Team.
June 18, 2014
TEN BASEBALL PLAYERS COMPETING IN SUMMER LEAGUES
A total of 10 returning Sacramento State baseball players are competing in wood bat leagues over the summer, playing as close as here in Sacramento to as far as Maryland and Canada.
June 7, 2014
PITCHER PALSHA TAKEN BY NEW YORK METS ON THIRD DAY OF MLB DRAFT
After breaking Sacramento State single-season records in earned run average and pitching appearances, junior right handed pitcher Alex Palsha was selected by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
June 6, 2014
HOSKINS SELECTED BY PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES IN 5TH ROUND OF MLB DRAFT
Sacramento State junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins has been selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday.
June 5, 2014
RECAPPING A HISTORIC 2014 BASEBALL SEASON
The 2014 Sacramento State baseball team had one of the best seasons in program history, winning regular season and postseason WAC titles and making its first appearance in the Div. I NCAA Tournament.
June 4, 2014
BASEBALL’S LONG A LOUISVILLE SLUGGER FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN
Sacramento State freshman left handed pitcher Sam Long (Rancho Cordova, Calif./Del Campo HS) has been named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
June 1, 2014
BASEBALL SEASON ENDS IN NARROW 6-5 LOSS TO #5 CAL POLY
No. 5 Cal Poly led 5-1 early but Sacramento State battled back and had the potential tying run on base in the ninth inning before the Mustangs were able to escape with a 6-5 win in an elimination game at the NCAA Regional in San Luis Obispo.
May 31, 2014
BASEBALL WINS 5-4 THRILLER OVER #18 ARIZONA STATE IN NCAA REGIONAL GAME
Sacramento State used two big innings offensively and junior Brennan Leitao allowed just one earned run over seven innings as the Hornets withstood a ninth-inning rally to claim a 5-4 win over No. 18 Arizona State in an elimination game in the NCAA Regional.
May 30, 2014
BASEBALL FALLS TO #5 CAL POLY IN NCAA REGIONAL OPENER, 4-2
After falling behind 4-0 early Hornet starter Sam Long and reliever Alex Palsha kept their team close and the Hornet offense got a pair of runs in the eighth inning but No. 5 Cal Poly held on for a 4-2 win on the first day of the San Luis Obispo NCAA Regional.
May 29, 2014
BASEBALL’S HOSKINS NAMED LOUISVILLE SLUGGER ALL-AMERICAN
Sacramento State junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins has been named a 2014 Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team selection as chosen by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the organization announced Thursday.
May 28, 2014
BASEBALL OPENS FIRST DIV. I NCAA REGIONAL ON FRIDAY VS CAL POLY
The WAC Champion Sacramento State baseball team (39-22) will play in its first NCAA Regional as a Div. I program starting at 6 p.m. Friday in San Luis Obispo. Sacramento State will play the host and top seed in the region Cal Poly (45-10) in its first game while the other two teams in the region, Arizona State (33-22) and Pepperdine (39-16), will open the regional on Friday at 1 p.m.
May 26, 2014
BASEBALL IN SAN LUIS OBISPO NCAA REGIONAL, OPENS VS. CAL POLY FRIDAY
The WAC Champion Sacramento State baseball team (39-22) will make its first Div. I NCAA Tournament appearance just 300 miles south of Sacramento, as the Hornets are the No. 4 seed in San Luis Obispo regional. The team and its fans gathered at the Field House American Sports Bar on Monday morning to watch the tournament selection show.
May 25, 2014
BASEBALL TOPS UTAH VALLEY TO WIN WAC TITLE, EARN NCAA TOURNAMENT BERTH
For the first time in the Div. I era of the program (since 1990) Sacramento State is headed to the NCAA Tournament after a 10- 3 win over Utah Valley in the WAC Tournament Championship game on Sunday in Mesa.
May 24, 2014
BASEBALL WINS TWICE SATURDAY TO PLAY FOR WAC TITLE ON SUNDAY
Needing to win a pair of games on Saturday to force a winner-take-all title game on Sunday, the Hornets opened the day with a 3-1 win over Bakersfield and came back just a couple of hours later to defeat Utah Valley 10-3 to advance to a championship game rematch against Utah Valley on Sunday.
May 23, 2014
BASEBALL STAYS ALIVE IN WAC TOURNEY WITH 9-5 WIN OVER NEW MEXICO STATE
Sacramento State jumped to a 6-0 lead in the second inning and withstood a rally by New Mexico State to score a 9-5 victory in a WAC Tournament elimination game on Friday. The Hornets stay alive for the WAC title while New Mexico State saw its season come to a close after a surprising run in the tournament.
May 22, 2014
BASEBALL FALLS TO BAKERSFIELD, 4-1, IN WAC TOURNAMENT OPENER
Bakersfield senior right handed pitcher Taylor Aikenhead allowed just one run on seven hits over nine innings and the Roadrunners found enough offense against Hornet ace Brenna Leitao for a 4-1 win on Thursday night at the WAC Tournament in Mesa, Ariz.
May 21, 2014
BASEBALL READY FOR WAC TOURNAMENT IN MESA
After securing its first outright regular season WAC title in program history, Sacramento State (35-21, 21-6) looks for another first – winning the WAC Tournament and earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Hornets are the top seed in the six-team, double elimination tournament at the new Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz.
May 20, 2014
HOSKINS, LONG, CHRISTIANSEN LEAD BASEBALL'S MULTIPLE ALL-WAC HONORS
After winning the regular season WAC title Sacramento State took home most of the top all-WAC honors on Tuesday. Junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins was named Player of the Year, freshman left handed pitcher Sam Long is Freshman of the Year, and, for the second time in the last three seasons, Reggie Christiansen was named Coach of the Year.
May 17, 2014
BASEBALL WINS WAC ON DEL GRANDE WALK-OFF HOMER
In his final home game after five seasons with the Hornets, senior center fielder David Del Grande launched a lead-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Sacramento State a 6-5 win over North Dakota and clinch the first outright regular season WAC title for the team in program history.
May 17, 2014
HIGHLIGHTS AND INTERVIEWS FROM BASEBALL WALK-OFF WIN ON SENIOR DAY
Watch game highlights, interviews, and the senior day ceremony from Sacramento State's 6-5 walk-off win over North Dakota
May 16, 2014
LEITAO TIES WINS RECORD AS BASEBALL BEATS NORTH DAKOTA 8-2
Sacramento State junior right handed pitcher Brennan Leitao allowed just one run on four hits over eight innings of work and got plenty of offensive support to record his 23rd career win to tie the program record and give the Hornets an 8-2 win over North Dakota on Friday.
May 15, 2014
BASEBALL SCORES 6-4 WIN OVER NORTH DAKOTA IN SERIES OPENER
Sophomore outfielder Nathan Lukes became just the second player in Sacramento State Div. I history to tally two triples in a game and went 3-for-4 overall while keying a five-run third inning for the Hornets en route to a 6-4 win over North Dakota.
May 14, 2014
BASEBALL CLOSES REGULAR SEASON VS NORTH DAKOTA EYEING WAC TITLE
With a one game lead over Grand Canyon atop the WAC standings, Sacramento State (32-21, 18-6 WAC) close the regular season with a three game home series starting Thursday against North Dakota (10-26, 8-13 WAC).
May 13, 2014
BASEBALL DOWNED BY UC DAVIS 6-3 AT RALEY FIELD
Sacramento State jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but was held scoreless on just three hits over the last eight innings of the game while UC Davis took a 5-3 lead in the fourth en route to a 6-3 victory on Tuesday night at Raley Field.
May 12, 2014
BASEBALL HOSTS UC DAVIS TUESDAY NIGHT AT RALEY FIELD
In the last of a record six games this season at Raley Field, Sacramento State (32-20, 18-6 WAC) hosts Causeway rival UC Davis (20-27, 5-13 Big West) at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday night. The game will follow a Rivercats home game vs. Salt Lake City that begins at noon.
May 11, 2014
BASEBALL BEATEN BY TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN ON WALK-OFF HOMER
In yet another pitcher’s duel to conclude the weekend series, Texas-Pan American senior center fielder Andy Fortuna hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Broncs a 2-0 win in the rubber game of the three-game set.
May 10, 2014
BASEBALL SPLITS PAIR OF GAMES AT TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN
In a weather-induced double-header, Hornet freshman Sam Long pitched seven shutout innings in the resumption of Friday night’s contest to lead the Hornets to a 3-1 win before UTPA junior Alex English tossed a four-hit shutout in Saturday’s scheduled game as the Broncs won 2-0 and the squads split the two contests.
May 9, 2014
BASEBALL GAME AT TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN SUSPENDED IN THIRD INNING
The first of a three-game series between Sacramento State and Texas-Pan American was suspended in the third inning on Friday night due to inclement weather. The game was originally stopped due to lightning before thunderstorms moved into the area to force the suspension.
May 8, 2014
BASEBALL PLAYS FINAL WAC ROAD SERIES AT TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN
With a three-game lead atop the WAC standings with six games to play, Sacramento State (31-18, 1704 WAC) looks to wrap up the regular season title in a three-game weekend series at Texas-Pan American (22-27, 12-9 WAC), which is tied for fourth place in the conference.
May 5, 2014
BRENNAN LEITAO NAMED WAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Sacramento State junior right-handed pitcher Brennan Leitao has been named the WAC Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday. The award is the first of the year for the Hornets, who previously claimed two WAC Hitter of the Week awards.
May 4, 2014
MCLOUGHLIN TIES SAVES RECORD, BASEBALL SWEEPS CHICAGO STATE
Sacramento State sophomore closer Sutter McLoughlin recorded his ninth save of the season and the 26th of his career, tying for the program record for career saves, and closed out a 3-2 Hornet win on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of Chicago State.
May 3, 2014
CEDERQUIST, HUNLEY POWER BASEBALL OVER CHICAGO STATE, 11-6
Senior designated hitter Clay Cederquist and freshman second baseman Brandon Hunley each hit a three-run home run and each had four hits in the contest to lead the Hornets to an 11-6 win over Chicago State.
May 2, 2014
LEITAO LEADS BASEBALL TO 6-0 SHUTOUT OF CHICAGO STATE
Junior right-hander Brennan Leitao allowed just three hits over eight shutout innings and the Hornets capitalized on three Chicago State errors to score four unearned runs in a 6-0 win on Friday at John Smith Field.
May 1, 2014
REMINDER: FREE CHEVY YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC ON CAMPUS THIS WEEKEND
The Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic is returning to Sacramento State on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4. The free event will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on both days at John Smith Field before the Hornet baseball team plays home games against Chicago State.
May 1, 2014
BASEBALL HOSTS WEEKEND WAC SERIES AGAINST CHICAGO STATE
In its penultimate home series of the season the Sacramento State baseball team (28-18, 14-4 WAC) hosts a three game series against a team it has only faced once before in program history, the Cougars of Chicago State (14-28, 3-12 WAC). Game times are 3 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday at John Smith Field.
April 30, 2014
BASEBALL DOWNED BY NEVADA 10-3 IN RENO
Sacramento State trailed just 4-3 through six and a half innings but Nevada scored three runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to pull away for a 10-3 win on Wednesday night in Reno.
April 29, 2014
BASEBALL EARNS 7-1 HOME WIN OVER MENLO COLLEGE
Three Hornet pitchers combined to allow just four hits and one run while the offense totaled 12 hits and pushed across seven runs in a 7-1 victory over Menlo College on Tuesday at John Smith Field.
April 28, 2014
BASEBALL PLAYS TWO MIDWEEK GAMES HOSTING MENLO AND VISITING NEVADA
Sacramento State (27-17) plays five times this coming week, hosting a pair of midweek contests before a three-game weekend set vs. Chicago State. The Hornets host Menlo College (28-25) at 1 p.m. Tuesday at John Smith Field and will play at Nevada (22-18) at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.
April 27, 2014
DILLON LEADS BASEBALL PAST BAKERSFIELD 7-3 IN SERIES FINALE
Sacramento State redshirt freshman Justin Dillon carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and allowed no runs on just one hit over eight innings pitched to lead Sacramento State to a 7-3 win in the rubber game of a three-game series at Bakersfield.
April 26, 2014
BASEBALL FORCES EXTRA INNINGS BUT FALLS TO BAKERSFIELD IN 11, 2-1
Trailing 1-0 in the ninth inning Sacramento State rallied to plate a run and force extra innings, but Bakersfield junior catcher Russ Hough singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to give the Roadrunners a 2-1 victory.
April 25, 2014
SEVEN-RUN EIGHTH INNING LEADS BASEBALL PAST BAKERSFIELD 10-3
Sacramento State turned a late 3-3 tie into a 10-3 blowout win with a seven-run eighth inning, defeating Bakersfield in the first of three games in the weekend WAC series.
April 24, 2014
BASEBALL RESUMES WAC PLAY WITH SERIES AT BAKERSFIELD
The Sacramento State baseball team (25-16, 12-3 WAC) looks to maintain, if not grow, its two-game lead atop the WAC standings with a weekend conference series at Bakersfield (16-23, 8-7 WAC). The Friday and Saturday games will each begin at 6 p.m. followed by the Sunday finale at 1 p.m.
April 23, 2014
McLOUGHLIN ON NCBWA MID-SEASON STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Sacramento State sophomore closer Sutter McLoughlin has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Mid-Season Stopper of the Year watch list, the association announced Wednesday.
April 22, 2014
AFTER MONDAY WIN BASEBALL DROPS SECOND GAME VS. #4 OREGON STATE, 8-1
Oregon State junior Dylan Davis homered and drove in four runs while also pitching 4.1 scoreless innings to lead No. 4 Oregon State to an 8-1 win on Tuesday at John Smith Field.
April 21, 2014
BASEBALL RALLIES FROM EARLY 6-1 DEFICIT, STUNS #4 OREGON STATE 7-6
Four Sacramento State relievers combined to throw seven scoreless innings against the No. 4 team in the country, enabling the Hornet offense to rally from an early 6-1 deficit and defeat No. 4 Oregon State, 7-6, on Monday night at Raley Field.
April 20, 2014
BASEBALL HOSTS #4 OREGON STATE MONDAY AND TUESDAY
Facing its highest ranked opponent since a series at No. 1 Arizona in 2008, Sacramento State (24-15, 12-3 WAC) hosts No. 4 Oregon State (27-7, 11-4 Pac-12) at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Raley Field and at 1 p.m. Tuesday at John Smith Field.
April 19, 2014
BASEBALL DROPS SERIES FINALE VS UTAH VALLEY, 6-0
Utah Valley sophomore starter Danny Beddes threw a complete game shutout while allowing just four hits, and the Wolverines struck for five runs in the third inning in a 6-0 shutout of the Hornets on Saturday at John Smith Field.
April 18, 2014
BASEBALL BLANKS UTAH VALLEY 10-0 IN SEVEN INNINGS
Freshman Sam Long threw his second 7-inning shutout of the season and the Hornets struck for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 10-0 win over Utah Valley in seven innings, with the game called after the top of the 7th inning due to the WAC mercy rule.
April 17, 2014
LEITAO LEADS BASEBALL TO 5-0 SHUTOUT OF UTAH VALLEY
Junior Brennan Leitao recorded a career-high nine strikeouts over six scoreless innings and the Hornets tallied two runs in the second inning and three more in the third en route to a 5-0 shutout of Utah Valley in the first game of the weekend WAC series.
April 16, 2014
BASEBALL RETURNS HOME TO RESUME WAC PLAY VS UTAH VALLEY
Sacramento State (22-14, 10-2 WAC) looks to bounce back from its first conference series loss of the year and maintain its place atop the WAC standings in a three game home series vs. Utah Valley (14-20, 7-5 WAC). Game times are 3 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday at John Smith Field.
April 15, 2014
BASEBALL BLASTS UC DAVIS 15-7
Sacramento State struck for a season-high 19 hits and used a seven-run fourth inning to open a big early lead and cruise to a 15-7 win on Tuesday at UC Davis.
April 14, 2014
BASEBALL PLAYS CAUSEWAY CUP GAME TUESDAY AT UC DAVIS
Sacramento State (21-14, 10-2 WAC) concludes a season-long five game road stretch against Causeway rival UC Davis (16-16, 3-6 Big West) at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Davis. The game will be streamed live on HornetSports.com/Radio.
April 13, 2014
BASEBALL EDGED BY GRAND CANYON 8-6 IN SERIES FINALE
Sacramento State had leads of 3-0 and 5-3 but Grand Canyon rallied for three runs in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh and withstood a ninth-inning rally to record an 8-6 win in the rubber game of a three-game set in Phoenix.
April 12, 2014
BASEBALL EVENS SERIES AT GRAND CANYON WITH 5-4 WIN IN 10 INNINGS
Sophomore Nathan Lukes drove in the go ahead run in the top of the 10th inning and sophomore Sutter McLoughlin recorded a perfect bottom half of the inning for his WAC-leading eighth save as Sacramento State evened its weekend series at Grand Canyon with a 5-4 win.
April 11, 2014
BASEBALL FALLS TO GRAND CANYON AFTER NINTH INNING RALLY
Sacramento State took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but Grand Canyon rallied for two singles and three walks to earn a 3-2 walk-off win in the first of a three game set in Phoenix.
April 9, 2014
BASEBALL LOOKS TO STAY PERFECT IN WAC IN SERIES AT GRAND CANYON
Having swept its first three WAC series of the season, Sacramento State (20-12, 9-0 WAC) plays its second road series in conference play with a three game set in Phoenix against new WAC and NCAA Div. - I program Grand Canyon (16-14, 6-3 WAC). Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
April 9, 2014
BASEBALL ADDS HOME GAME VS. MENLO COLLEGE ON APRIL 29
Sacramento State has added a midweek contest against Menlo College on Tuesday, April 29, at 3:30 p.m. at John Smith Field. The game replaces the team’s scheduled game vs. Air Force on March 26 that was rained out.
April 8, 2014
BASEBALL’S WINNING STREAK ENDS ON PACIFIC WALK-OFF HOMER IN 14TH
Pacific rallied back from a 5-0 deficit and a 7-3 deficit to force extra innings, and junior Taylor Murphy hit the first pitch of the bottom of the 14th inning over the right field wall to give Pacific a walk-off win over the Hornets, 9-8, on Tuesday in Stockton.
April 7, 2014
BASEBALL TAKES 12-GAME WINNING STREAK TO PACIFIC ON TUESDAY
Riding the longest active winning streak in all of NCAA Div. I, Sacramento State (20-11, 9-0 WAC) begins a five-game road stretch at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at Pacific (14-19, 5-7 WCC).
April 6, 2014
BASEBALL COMPLETES SWEEP OF SEATTLE U WITH 4-3 WIN
Junior Rhys Hoskins continued his torrid start to WAC play going 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs and freshman Jared Paderez allowed just two hits and no earned runs over 6.2 innings to lead Sacramento State to a 4-3 win over Seattle U on Sunday.
April 5, 2014
BASEBALL OUTLASTS SEATTLE U 4-3 IN 15 INNINGS
In the longest game in the Division-I history of the program (since 1990) Sacramento State freshman Brandon Hunley drove home junior Scotty Burcham in the bottom of the 15th inning to give the Hornets a 4-3 win on Saturday.
April 4, 2014
BASEBALL WIN STREAK REACHES 10 GAMES WITH 8-1 VICTORY OVER SEATTLE U
Six Hornet starters had two-hit games, including the first five batters in the lineup, and junior Brennan Leitao allowed just one run over seven innings as Sacramento State opened a three-game WAC home series vs. Seattle U with an 8-1 win.
April 3, 2014
TOP WAC BASEBALL TEAMS MEET THIS WEEKEND AS HORNETS HOST SEATTLE U
Sacramento State (17-11, 6-0 WAC) returns to Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play with a weekend series hosting Seattle U (11-12, 3-0 WAC) in a battle between the two remaining unbeaten teams in conference play.
April 2, 2014
BASEBALL BEATS SAN FRANCISCO 8-4 FOR NINTH STRAIGHT VICTORY
Sacramento State used a six-run third inning to open up a big lead on San Francisco early and five Hornet pitchers held the Dons to just four hits in the game in an 8-4 win on Wednesday night at Raley Field.
April 1, 2014
TUESDAY BASEBALL GAME POSTPONED UNTIL WEDNESDAY
Due to forecasted rain throughout the day on Tuesday the Sacramento State vs. San Francisco baseball game scheduled for Tuesday night has been moved to Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. at Raley Field.
March 31, 2014
BASEBALL FIRST BASEMAN HOSKINS NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK
For the second consecutive week a Sacramento State player has been named WAC Hitter of the Week as junior Rhys Hoskins took the honor after hitting .563 with three homers and 12 RBIs over four games last week. Senior David Del Grande had earned the award the previous week.
March 31, 2014
BASEBALL HOSTS SAN FRANCISCO WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT RALEY FIELD
Sacramento State (16-11, 6-0 WAC) takes an eight-game winning streak into a midweek battle with San Francisco (13-13, 3-6 WCC) at 6 :35 p.m. Tuesday at Raley Field.
March 30, 2014
BASEBALL HITS FIVE HOMERS, TWO SLAMS FOR 20-6 MERCY RULE WIN AND SWEEP
An unprecedented offensive run continued for Sacramento State as the Hornets clubbed five home runs, including two grand slams from freshman Brandon Hunley and senior Will Soto, in a 20-6 win in seven innings over New Mexico State, the second straight mercy rule win for the Hornets.
March 29, 2014
LONG, HOSKINS LEAD BASEBALL TO 11-0 MERCY RULE WIN AT NEW MEXICO STATE
Sacramento State junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs while freshman starter Sam Long allowed just four hits while throwing a seven-inning shutout as the Hornets scored an 11-0 Mercy Rule win over New Mexico State on Saturday night.
March 28, 2014
BASEBALL WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT, DEFEATS NEW MEXICO STATE 8-2
Sacramento State scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back as junior Brennan Leitao threw six strong innings and the Hornets totaled 11 hits and seven walks in an 8-2 win on Friday night in Las Cruces.
March 27, 2014
BASEBALL TO PLAY THREE WAC GAMES AT NEW MEXICO STATE
The Sacramento State baseball team (13-11, 3-0 WAC) takes a five-game winning streak into its first road WAC series of the season this weekend at New Mexico State (10-14, 2-1 WAC). The games on Friday and Saturday will start at 5:05 p.m. Pacific time with Sunday’s contest at 11:05 a.m. Friday’s game will be video streamed live on ESPN3.
March 26, 2014
WEDNESDAY BASEBALL GAME VS AIR FORCE RAINED OUT
Wednesday’s scheduled baseball game between Sacramento State and Air Force has been rained out. It will not be rescheduled.
March 25, 2014
BASEBALL BEATS AIR FORCE 7-1, WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT GAME
Senior center fielder David Del Grande, who on Monday was named the WAC Hitter of the Week, continued his hot streak at the plate with a three-run home run in the fifth inning to lead Sacramento State to a 7-1 victory over Air Force on Tuesday at John Smith Field.
March 24, 2014
BASEBALL’S DEL GRANDE NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK
After leading Sacramento State to a 4-0 record over the past week senior centerfielder David Del Grande has been named WAC Hitter of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
March 24, 2014
TUESDAY BASEBALL GAME MOVED TO 11 AM DUE TO IMPENDING RAIN
Sacramento State’s Tuesday baseball game vs. Air Force has been moved to an 11 a.m. start time at John Smith Field. The game was originally scheduled to be played at 6:30 p.m. at Raley Field but had to be moved due to forecasted rain.
March 24, 2014
BASEBALL HOSTS AIR FORCE FOR TWO GAMES, LOOKS TO EXTEND WIN STREAK
Sacramento State (12-11) returns to action with a pair of midweek games vs. Air Force (4-18). Tuesday's game was moved up to 11 a.m. at John Smith Filed due to impending rain forecasted in the evening. The teams also hope to play at 3 p.m. Wednesday as the Hornets wrap up a nine-game home stand.
March 23, 2014
BASEBALL TOPS NORTHERN COLORADO 3-1 TO COMPLETE SERIES SWEEP
Four Hornet pitchers combined to allow just one run on seven hits and senior David Del Grande reached base four times and scored twice to lead Sacramento State to a 3-1 win over Northern Colorado on Sunday.
March 22, 2014
BASEBALL EARNS 16-1 MERCY RULE WIN OVER NORTHERN COLORADO
Sacramento State scored three runs in the fourth inning, five runs in the fifth inning, and eight runs in the sixth to earn a 7-inning 16-1 mercy rule victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday at John Smith Field.
March 21, 2014
BASEBALL OPENS WAC PLAY WITH 9-2 WIN OVER NORTHERN COLORADO
Freshman Brandon Hunley and senior David Del Grande each homered as Sacramento State scored a season high nine runs and opened Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play with a 9-2 win over Northern Colorado on Friday at John Smith Field.
March 20, 2014
BASEBALL OPENS WAC PLAY WITH HOME SERIES VS NORTHERN COLORADO
Sacramento State (9-11) kicks off Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play this weekend with a three game set against new conference member Northern Colorado (5-16). Game times at John Smith Field will be 3 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
March 18, 2014
LOCKE DELIVERS IN A PINCH, LEADS BASEBALL PAST PACIFIC 4-2 AT RALEY FIELD
Sacramento State redshirt freshman Ryan Locke delivered a pinch hit, bases loaded two-run double in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 deadlock and spur the Hornets to a 4-2 win over Pacific on Tuesday night at Raley Field.
March 17, 2014
BASEBALL CONTINUES HOMESTAND VS PACIFIC TUESDAY AT RALEY FIELD
Sacramento State (8-11) continues its season long nine-game home stand on Tuesday in its third of seven games this season at Raley Field. The Hornets will host their neighbor to the south Pacific (10-12) with first pitch at 6:35 p.m.
March 16, 2014
BASEBALL FALLS TO MINNESOTA 5-3 IN 10 INNINGS
Sacramento State battled back from an early 2-0 deficit to force extra innings, but Minnesota pushed across three runs in the 10th and withstood a Hornet rally in the bottom of the inning to score a 5-3 win on Sunday at John Smith Field.
March 15, 2014
BASEBALL BOUNCES BACK WITH 6-2 WIN OVER MINNESOTA
David Del Grande, Nathan Lukes and Scott Loper sparked a revamped Sacramento State lineup with two hits apiece to lead the Hornets to a 6-2 win over Minnesota on Saturday afternoon at John Smith Field. The victory evened the three-game series at one game each.
March 14, 2014
BASEBALL EDGED BY MINNESOTA 2-1 IN SERIES OPENER
Down 2-1 with a man on first in the ninth inning Hornet freshman Brandon Hunley hit what looked to be a game-tying RBI double but Minnesota center fielder Jordan Smith made a diving catch and doubled off the runner at first to end the game and give the Gophers the win.
March 12, 2014
BASEBALL OPENS NINE GAME HOME STAND WITH SERIES AGAINST MINNESOTA
Sacramento State (7-9) opens its longest home stand of the season this week, hosting Big 10 school Minnesota (7-5) on Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. at John Smith Field.
March 9, 2014
BASEBALL DOWNED BY UC RIVERSIDE 6-1
UC Riverside senior righthander Zach Varela threw a complete game, allowing just one unearned run, and the Highlanders used six stolen bases to spearhead a 6-1 win over Sacramento State on Sunday in Riverside.
March 8, 2014
BASEBALL TAKES 8-1 LOSS VS WEST VIRGINIA
Sacramento State was held to just one run on five hits in an 8-1 loss Saturday against West Virginia in Riverside.
March 7, 2014
BASEBALL DEFEATED BY UC RIVERSIDE 9-1
UC Riverside scored runs in six or its eight offensive innings to make up for four defensive errors and tally a 9-1 win on Friday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.
March 6, 2014
BASEBALL TO FACE UC RIVERSIDE AND WEST VIRGINIA THIS WEEKEND IN RIVERSIDE
Before opening a nine-game home stand next week the Sacramento State baseball team (7-6) returns to the road this weekend. The team will face UC Riverside (6-6) at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday and take on West Virginia (5-4) in a neutral site game at 1 p.m. Saturday.
March 5, 2014
DEL GRANDE DELIVERS WALK OFF WIN FOR BASEBALL OVER #24 FRESNO STATE
A leadoff single by Scotty Burcham and a Bulldog error gave Sacramento State runners on the corners with none out in a 1-1 game in the 10th and senior David Del Grande came through with a bloop single to center to give Sacramento State a 2-1 win over No. 24 Fresno State on Wednesday at Raley Field.
March 4, 2014
BASEBALL RETURNS TO RALEY FIELD WEDNESDAY VS. #24 FRESNO STATE
The Sacramento State baseball team (6-6) looks to improve to 2-0 this season at Raley Field and earn a second victory of the year over No. 24 Fresno State (9-2) at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday in West Sacramento.
March 2, 2014
BASEBALL SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER AT SAN FRANCISCO
Junior Brennan Leitao pitched the Hornets to a 6-2 win over San Francisco in the first game on Sunday and Sacramento State had a 5-0 lead in game two before six Hornet errors contributed to a nine-run rally by USF to earn a split with a 9-5 win in game two in San Francisco.
March 1, 2014
BASEBALL DEFEATED BY SAN FRANCISCO 9-1
San Francisco scored in each of the first three innings to take an early 4-0 lead and extended to 8-0 in the sixth en route to a 9-1 win over Sacramento State on Saturday at John Smith Field.
February 28, 2014
FRIDAY BASEBALL GAME VS SAN FRANCISCO POSTPONED, MOVED TO SATURDAY
With rain forecasted throughout the day on Friday Sacramento State’s home baseball game vs. San Francisco has been moved to 2 p.m. Saturday at John Smith Field.
February 27, 2014
BASEBALL PLAYS SPLIT HOME/ROAD SERIES THIS WEEKEND VS. SAN FRANCISCO
After a thrilling 7-4 win over Nevada on Tuesday at Raley Field, the Sacramento State baseball team (5-4) returns to action this weekend with a three-game set with San Francisco (3-5). The first game is scheduled to be played at 2 p.m. Friday at John Smith Field before games at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in San Francisco.
February 26, 2014
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF BASEBALL'S 7-4 WIN OVER NEVADA
Video highlights of baseball's 7-4 win Tuesday night over Nevada at Raley Field.
February 25, 2014
HUNLEY HEROICS LEAD BASEBALL PAST NEVADA 7-4 AT RALEY FIELD
Sacramento State freshman second baseman Brandon Hunley broke a tied score with a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Hornets to a 7-4 win over Nevada on Tuesday night at Raley Field.
February 24, 2014
BASEBALL OPENS RALEY FIELD SERIES TUESDAY NIGHT VS NEVADA
The Sacramento State baseball team (4-4) plays the first of an unprecedented seven games this season under the lights at Raley Field on Tuesday hosting Nevada (2-5) at 6:35 p.m.
February 23, 2014
BASEBALL BLANKED BY #21 TEXAS A&M 5-0 IN SERIES FINALE
Sacramento State had seven hits, including three doubles, but was unable to push a run across while No. 21 Texas A&M took an early 3-0 lead and added two more runs for a 5-0 win in the rubber match of a three game weekend series.
February 22, 2014
BASEBALL RALLIES DOWN THREE IN THE NINTH, LOSES ON WALKOFF HOMER
Sacramento State rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the seventh inning and a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the top of the ninth, but in the bottom half Texas A&M third baseman Logan Nottebrok launched a 2-run walk off homer, his second 2-run shot of the game, to give the 21st-ranked Aggies a 7-5 win.
February 21, 2014
PITCHING AND DEFENSE LEAD BASEBALL TO 1-0 WIN OVER #21 TEXAS A&M
Junior Ty Nichols threw seven shutout innings, aided by three double plays, and sophomore Sutter McLoughlin got the last six outs while senior David Del Grande drove home the only run of the game as Sacramento State scored a 1-0 win over #21 Texas A&M on Friday night.
February 19, 2014
BALANCED ATTACK AND STRONG PITCHING LEAD BASEBALL PAST FRESNO STATE 6-4
Freshman Sam Long allowed just one earned run over five innings in his collegiate debut, and every Hornet starter reached base in the contest with eight tallying hits and six different players scoring runs in a 6-4 victory at Fresno State.
February 18, 2014
BASEBALL PLAYS AT FRESNO STATE WEDNESDAY, #21 TEXAS A&M OVER THE WEEKEND
Following a four-game split with Utah in its first series of the 2014 season, Sacramento State (2-2) heads out on the road this week with a single game Wednesday at Fresno State (2-1) and a three-game weekend set at No. 21 Texas A&M.
February 17, 2014
BASEBALL OUTLASTED BY UTAH 5-4 IN SERIES FINALE
Down 5-2 in the seventh inning, Sacramento State got a run in the seventh and another in the ninth and had the potential tying run at second base but Utah was able to escape with a 5-4 victory in the finale of a four game series.
February 16, 2014
HOSKINS DELIVERS WALK OFF WIN FOR BASEBALL OVER UTAH
Hornet junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins drove home sophomore Nathan Lukes with an infield single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Sacramento State a 5-4 walk-off victory over Utah on Sunday in game three of a four game series.
February 15, 2014
BASEBALL LIMITED TO THREE HITS IN 2-1 LOSS VS UTAH
Utah senior lefty Tanner Banks allowed just one unearned run and two hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings and the Utes struck for a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh to top Sacramento State 2-1 on Saturday at John Smith Field.
February 14, 2014
BASEBALL TOPS UTAH 3-2 IN SEASON OPENER
Junior Ty Nichols and the Hornet bullpen allowed just six hits and one walk and sophomore Chris Lewis drove in a pair of runs in the first inning to lead Sacramento State to a season-opening 3-2 win over Utah.
February 12, 2014
BASEBALL OPENS SEASON AT HOME FRIDAY HOSTING UTAH
The Sacramento State baseball team looks to build off consecutive 30-win seasons as it opens the 2014 season at 2 p.m. Friday hosting Utah at John Smith Field. The Hornets and Utes play a four-game season opening series, playing at 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and at 1 p.m. on Monday.
February 11, 2014
BASEBALL'S MCLOUGHLIN NAMED TO NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Sacramento State sophomore pitcher Sutter McLoughlin is one of fifty players that have been named to the initial watch list for the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association on Tuesday.
February 4, 2014
HOSKINS NAMED BASEBALL AMERICA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Sacramento State junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins has been named a third team Preseason All-American by Baseball America, a team selected by major league scouting directors
February 3, 2014
BASEBALL PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON WAC COACHES’ POLL
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has selected Sacramento State third in the preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced Monday. Bakersfield was picked first, earning eight first place votes, while New Mexico State was picked just ahead of the Hornets in second place.
January 27, 2014
Made at Sac State: Markell Williams
Senior Markell Williams is the latest Hornet to be featured in the University's "Made at Sac State" campaign.
December 18, 2013
BASEBALL CLOSER McLOUGHLIN NAMED NCBWA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Coming off a freshman season in which he shattered the Sacramento State saves record and earned multiple Freshman All-American honors, sophomore pitcher Sutter McLoughlin has been named to the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I Preseason All-America Third Team.
December 15, 2013
HOSKINS RANKED 68th ON BASEBALL AMERICA’S COLLEGE TOP 100
Sacramento State junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins has been named the No. 68 college prospect on Baseball America’s College Top 100 list. Hoskins is one of just two WAC baseball players to appear on the list, along with Bakersfield pitcher Austin Davis, and is the highest ranked WAC player among 100 of the best college ballplayers in the nation.
December 11, 2013
BASEBALL TO HOST 4TH ANNUAL DIAMOND DINNER JANUARY 24
We are pleased to announce our 4th annual Diamond Dinner on Friday, January 24th. The dinner will be held once again at the Folsom Community Center in Folsom.
November 18, 2013
2014 WAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT TO BE PLAYED AT "WRIGLEY WEST" IN ARIZONA
The Western Athletic Conference has awarded Mesa, Ariz. the WAC Baseball Tournament for the 2014 season, WAC Commissioner Jeff Hurd announced on Friday. The event will be played at the Chicago Cubs new Spring Training complex in Mesa which is scheduled to be completed in December, 2013. Visit Mesa, the destination marketing organization for the city, worked to secure the event which will feature the WAC’s top six baseball teams in May.
November 13, 2013
BASEBALL ADDS 10 PLAYERS IN FALL SIGNING CLASS
The Sacramento State baseball team welcomed 10 new Hornets who officially joined the program on Wednesday as announced by head coach Reggie Christiansen. Eight of the 10 newcomers are local to the Sacramento Area.
November 7, 2013
BASEBALL ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS TO COACHING STAFF
Sacramento State baseball head coach Reggie Christiansen has announced some new additions to his coaching staff as well as a promotion for assistant coach Steve Holm to the role of Associate Head Coach.
October 22, 2013
BASEBALL TO HOST HORNET WORLD SERIES STARTING FRIDAY
The Sacramento State baseball team will close its fall practice season with its annual intrasquad Hornet World Series starting Friday. The best-of-seven series of six-inning games will cap fall ball as the Hornets begin preparation for the 2014 season.
October 3, 2013
BASEBALL COACH CHRISTIANSEN EARNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
Sacramento State baseball head coach Reggie Christiansen has been given a three-year contract extension through 2016, Sacramento State Athletics Director Dr. Terry Wanless announced.
September 20, 2013
SEVEN GAMES AT RALEY FIELD HIGHLIGHT 2014 BASEBALL SCHEDULE
The Sacramento State baseball team will play an unprecedented seven games at Raley Field, including one against 2013 College World Series semifinalist Oregon State, to highlight the 2014 schedule announced by head coach Reggie Christiansen.
September 18, 2013
BASEBALL COACH McKINLEY HIRED AS MENLO COLLEGE HEAD COACH
Sacramento State baseball assistant coach Jake McKinley has been hired as the head coach at Menlo College, the school announced. McKinley leaves the Hornets after three years with the program.