BASEBALL PLAYS AT PACIFIC IN STOCKTON TUESDAY NIGHT

BASEBALL PLAYS AT PACIFIC IN STOCKTON TUESDAY NIGHT

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State (20-20) looks to complete a season sweep of local rival Pacific (13-24) when the teams meet for the second time this season at 6 p.m. Monday in Stockton. The Hornets beat the Tigers 9-1 at John Smith Field back on March 28.

Leading Off

  • Sacramento State hit 10 home runs in five games last week. The Hornets recorded their first five-homer game since March 2014 in the 9-0 win at Seattle U and hit five homers over the two games against San Francisco. Kody Reynolds and Vinny Esposito homered in both USF games.
  • The Hornets had a string of 15 straight successful stolen base attempts before a caught stealing last Saturday. The team has been successful on 20 of its last 22 steal attempts and leads the WAC with 44 stolen bases this year. Ian Dawkins is tied for second in the WAC with 11 steals this year.
  • Sacramento States lead the WAC in nearly every pitching category including ERA (3.79), opposing batting average (.236), strikeout to walk ratio (2.29), WHIP (1.25), and hits allowed per nine innings (8.00). Hornet pitchers have also hit the second fewest batters and are third with 293 strikeouts.
  • Parker Brahms continued his outstanding freshman season earning WAC Pitcher of the Week honors after throwing six shutout innings in a win Saturday at Seattle U. The freshman allowed just three singles and two walks and tallied six strikeouts against the Redhawks for his second shutout.
  • Pacific has a solid 12-7 home record this year despite a 1-17 road mark. One of those loses was at John Smith Field on March 28 when the Hornets scored a 9-1 win. The Tigers have lost nine of their last 10 games and 13 of their last 15 contests. Pacific has a 5.84 team ERA and is hitting just .250.

Multimedia
Tuesday's game will stream live for free on HornetSports.com/Radio with Anthony Rifenburg and Noah Alvarez on the call. The game will also be video streamed through TheW.TV. Links for the broadcasts and live stats are available above and on the baseball schedule page on hornetsports.com. Follow @SacStBaseball on twitter for in-game updates and see more on the official team pages on facebook and instagram.

Scouting Pacific (13-24, 2-16 WCC)
Pacific has a solid 12-7 home record this year despite a 1-17 road mark. One of those loses was at John Smith Field on March 28 when the Hornets scored three runs in the second inning and six times in the fourth and five pitchers combined to allow just six singles in a 9-1 win. Freshman Austin Roberts allowed just one run and five hits over five innings to earn his first collegiate win. The Tigers have lost nine of their last 10 games and 13 of their last 15 contests. Pacific has a 5.84 team ERA and is hitting just .250 but has 32 home runs. The Tigers rank last in NCAA Div. I with just 10 stolen bases and with only one triple all season. James Free is hitting .298 and leads the team with eight home runs and 33 RBIs while Danny Mayer also has eight homers but is hitting .211. The Tigers have won four of the last six meetings between the teams. The last Hornet win in Stockton was 3-2 in 2015.

Power Surge
Sacramento State hit 10 home runs in five games last week. The Hornets recorded their first five-homer game since March 2014 in the 9-0 win at Seattle U and hit five homers over the two games against San Francisco. Kody Reynolds and Vinny Esposito homered in both USF games and Reynolds added a third homer on Saturday. James Outman hit two long balls in the 9-0 win and as a team the Hornets have hit 23 homers over their last 18 contests. The squad ranks third in the WAC with 31 home runs this season.

Fantastic Freshman
Parker Brahms continued his outstanding freshman season earning WAC Pitcher of the Week honors after throwing six shutout innings in a win Saturday at Seattle U. The freshman from Calabasas allowed just three singles and two walks and tallied six strikeouts against the Redhawks while delivering his second shutout of the season. The Hornets have won each of Brahms' last four starts including wins over WAC leaders New Mexico State and Grand Canyon. In his last four starts Brahms is 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA, .168 opposing batting average, and a 0.89 WHIP with 20 strikeouts.

WAC Update
With two wins at Seattle U the Hornets moved to 6-9 in league play with three conference series remaining. Sacramento State enters the week in sixth place but four of the five teams ahead have played three less WAC games. The top six teams qualify for the WAC Tournament but Grand Canyon is still ineligible, meaning that only the bottom two teams in the final standings will not compete in the postseason.

Vinny at the Bat
Vinny Esposito leads all WAC players with 21 RBIs in league games. Since the start of conference play on March 24 Esposito has hit .321 with six home runs, five doubles, two triples, and 26 RBIs over 21 games. He is slugging .654 in the stretch and is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts. In WAC games he is hitting .305 with four home runs.

Pitching Prowess
The Hornets lead the WAC in nearly every pitching category including ERA (3.79), opposing batting average (.236), strikeout to walk ratio (2.29), WHIP (1.25), and hits allowed per nine innings (8.00). Hornet pitchers have also hit the second fewest batters in the league (25) and are third with 293 strikeouts.

Sacramento Stealers
Sacramento State had a string of 15 straight successful stolen base attempts before a caught stealing last Saturday. The team has been successful on 20 of its last 22 steal attempts and leads the WAC with 44 stolen bases this year after leading the league and ranking 68th in the nation with 70 stolen bases last year. The squad was a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases vs. New Mexico State and Ian Dawkins leads the team with 11 steals this year.

Three Two-Homer Games
On Saturday at Seattle U James Outman became the third Hornet to record a two-homer game this season. Andrew McWilliam hit two home runs in the first game of the doubleheader at Utah Valley on March 31 before Vinny Esposito hit a pair of two-run homers against Grand Canyon on April 8. The three 2-homer games equal the program's most in a season since the 2009 team had six such games.

Best in the WAC
Senior pitcher Justin Dillon leads the WAC in WHIP (0.82), strikeouts (70), opposing batting average (.177), and hits allowed per nine innings (5.66). The Hornet senior ranks 10th in NCAA Div. I in WHIP and 20th in hits allowed per nine innings after leading the nation in both of those categories earlier this year. Dillon has allowed just 44 hits and 14 walks in 70.1 innings pitched and has gone at least five innings in every start.

Working the Field
Sacramento State leads the WAC while ranking 23th in NCAA Div. I with a .979 fielding percentage this season. The Hornets have 20 error-free games and have committed just 20 errors in 23 home games this year. The squad has only 11 errors in 17 night games.

Ian Does it All
Junior center fielder Ian Dawkins is the only Hornet that has started every game this season and has reached base in 35 of the 40 games. He reached in each of the first 13 games of the season and had a 14-game hitting streak into WAC play. He leads the team with 18 multi-hit games with a pair of four-hit contests. He is third in the WAC with 57 hits and is tied for second in the league with 11 stolen bases while playing outstanding defense with just one error. Dawkins is hitting .385 in WAC play.

Liking the Lights
In their first full season under the lights at John Smith Field the Hornets are 10-5 in home night games and 13-5 overall at night this season. Sacramento State's pitching has been particularly impressive at night with a 2.84 ERA and .202 opposing batting average through 18 night games. Tanner Olson has allowed just three singles and no walks with eight strikeouts in 9.2 scoreless night innings.

First League Losses
In consecutive weeks Sacramento State handed a previously unbeaten, WAC-leading team its first conference loss. On April 8 Parker Brahms allowed just one run over 7.2 innings and Vinny Esposito hit a pair of 2-run homers as the Hornets handed Grand Canyon, which was 7-0 in WAC play, a 7-1 loss. Less than a week later Brahms pitched another gem, allowing just one unearned run in seven innings, and James Outman had a walk-off RBI single in the 12th when the Hornets beat New Mexico State 2-1, handing the Aggies their first league loss after also starting 7-0.

Outman Brings Them In
Sophomore James Outman leads the Hornets with 34 runs batted in with eight multi-RBI games with five games with three or more runs driven in. He totaled 11 RBIs in the Northern Kentucky series and also leads the team with 32 runs, scoring 6 times in five games last week.

Walk It Off
Sacramento State picked up its second walk-off win of the season beating New Mexico State 2-1 in 12 innings on April 14. James Outman delivered the walk-off knock, singling up the middle to drive in Blake Edmonson from second base. Earlier this year the Hornets had a 6-5 walk-off victory over Northern Kentucky in 11 innings, winning on an infield single from Ian Dawkins.

Bullpen Stars
Junior Tanner Olson and sophomore Alex Dentoni have anchored a strong Hornet bullpen this year. Dentoni is tied for the team lead with five wins and leads the squad with three saves while posing a 1.69 ERA over 32.0 innings. He has gone six straight appearances and 12.1 straight innings without allowing an earned run. Olson has made 23 pitching appearances this season and is 3-2 with a 2.57 ERA. Olson has walked only two batters this season while striking out 19 over 21.0 innings pitched, allowing a run in just three of his 23 appearances.