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RECAPPING A HISTORIC 2014 BASEBALL SEASON

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - 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.

Below are highlights of the remarkable 2014 season:

Team Accomplishments

- Won 40 games for the first time since 1991 and had the fifth most wins in a season in program history.

- Played in first Div. I NCAA Regional in program history and won first NCAA Div. I postseason game with a 5-4 win over No. 18 Arizona State.

- Set single season program records in ERA (3.27), opposing batting average (.240), innings pitched (572.0), putouts (1,716) and assists (698) and ranked fifth in the NCAA with 38 sacrifice flies.

- Won a program-record 21 WAC games and earned the first postseason and first outright regular season WAC titles in program history.

- Defeated No. 4 Oregon State, which was the No. 1 national seed for the NCAA Tournament, and had three more wins over ranked teams against No. 18 Arizona State, No. 21 Texas A&M, and No. 24 Fresno State.

- Led the WAC in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, home runs, saves, earned run average, opposing batting average, and sacrifice flies.

- Had a 12-game winning streak between March 18 and April 8, the second longest winning streak in program history and just four wins shy of the record.

- Record the third-straight season with 30 or more wins, the longest such streak since a string of nine straight 30-win seasons from 1985-1993.

- Played a record six games at Raley Field and went 5-1, including wins over No. 4 Oregon State and No. 24 Fresno State.

- Hit .298 with runners in scoring position, .316 with the bases loaded, and .333 in pinch hitting at-bats.

- Totaled three WAC Player of the Week awards from Rhys Hoskins, David Del Grande, and Brennan Leitao.

- Had a 28-0 record when leading after seven innings.

- Won four WAC games in seven innings via the 10-run mercy rule.

Individual Accomplishments

- Rhys Hoskins was named WAC Player of the Year, was an all-WAC first team selection, and was named a third team Louisville Slugger All-American.

- Sam Long was named WAC Freshman of the Year, was an all-WAC second team selection, and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.

- Reggie Christiansen was named WAC Coach of the Year after leading the team to regular season and postseason WAC titles.

- Rhys Hoskins, Brennan Leitao, and Nathan Lukes were named all-WAC first team, David Del Grande, Sam Long, Sutter McLoughlin, and Kyle Moses were named all-WAC second team.

- Chris Lewis was named MVP of the WAC Tournament and was joined by Rhys Hoskins, Brennan Leitao, and Alex Palsha on the all-Tournament team.

- Nathan Lukes broke the single season record with 259 at-bats and had the third most hits in a season (90), tied for 13th most in the NCAA.

- Seniors David Del Grande and Will Soto ended their careers as the program's all-time leaders in career at-bats while Del Grande broke the career hit-by-pitch record and Soto finished second in career doubles.

- Nathan Lukes had a 20-game hitting streak, tied for the third longest in program history, and reached base in 36 consecutive games.

- Alex Palsha broke the single-season record with a 1.82 ERA (min 50 innings pitched) and set the pitching appearances record with 37.

- Brennan Leitao became the program's all-time leader with 24 career wins and 304.0 innings pitched.

- Sutter McLoughlin tied the program record with 26 career saves.

- Brandon Hunley and Will Soto both hit grand slams in a 20-6 win at New Mexico State, the first game in program history hitting two grand slams.

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