SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State baseball team are to sweep their season series against the UC Davis on Tuesday as the Aggies come to John Smith Field.
The Hornets (26-20, 13-5 WAC) took the first of two contests against the Aggies (15-27, 7-11 BWC) in May at UC Davis. On Tuesday, they look to complete the two-game sweep at home.
First pitch for Tuesday's Causeway contest is set for 6:00 pm PT.
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Tuesday's game against UC Davis will stream live online on WACSports.com/watch with play-by-play by Hornets broadcaster Anthony Rifenburg. An audio-only stream will be available via HornetSports.com/radio. Live stats will be available on HornetStats.com while in-game updates will be provided on Twitter, @SacStBaseball.
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- Parker Brahms struck out 14 in Sunday's win over Seattle U, matching is personal best and the Hornets baseball program record. Brahms set the record by striking out 14 in his previous home start on April 13 vs. Northern Colorado.
- With two home runs this weekend, James Outman now has 10 on the year, most on the team and the most in the Western Athletic Conference. The next closest player in the WAC has eight home runs. Outman is on pace for 12 home runs, which would be his career-best.
- With another series victory this weekend, Sacramento State has now won six straight conference series this season and eight straight dating back to the 2017 campaign. Over that streak of eight straight conference series wins, the Hornets are 22-6 against WAC opponents.
- The Sacramento State pitching staff had another excellent weekend, allowing just six runs in 27 innings while posting a 33:5 K:BB ratio. The Hornets staff is second in the country in K:BB (3.54) and K/9 (2.29) and 14th in all NCAA Div. I in WHIP (1.22).
- UC Davis enters Tuesday night's game with a 17-25 overall record and a 7-11 mark in Big West Conference play. The Aggies, who are eighth in their conference, have lost four straight, including a 7-2 loss against a Saint Mary's team that the Hornets have beat twice this year.
By The Numbers
14: Strikeouts for Parker Brahms on Sunday. The 14 Ks match the Hornets program record, set by Brahms earlier this year.
10: Home runs hit by James Outman this season, most in the WAC. Outman is one off his career-best 11 single-season homers.
8: Consecutive conference series wins dating back to last season. They are 22-6 against WAC opponents in that time.
Scouting The Aggies
- The Aggies come in to Tuesday night's game with a 17-25 overall record, including a 7-11 mark in the Big West Conference.
- UC Davis has lost four straight heading into Tuesday night's game, including being swept by Cal State Fullerton at home over the weekend. They also lost to a Saint Mary's team the Hornets have beaten twice this season.
- The Aggies are hitting .279 as a team this season while reaching base at a .358 clip. On the mound, their staff owns a 5.37 ERA while opponents are hitting .310 against them.
- Despite being seventh in their conference, the Aggies own the third best batting average in the Big West. Their 5.37 ERA is the highest in the nine-team conference.
- Offensively, UC Davis is led by outfielder Ryan Anderson. Anderson is hitting a team-high .345 while leading the team in home runs (5), RBIs (31), and slugging (.500).
Against UC Davis
Per UC Davis, Sacramento State leads the all-time series record against the Aggies 111-86-3 dating back to the 1960 season. Sacramento State took the first of this season's two games, 8-2, at UC Davis on April 17. The Hornets scored a season-high seven runs in one inning in the win. Sacramento State's last home loss to the Aggies came during the 2016 season, a 7-1 defeat. Over their last 10 matchups, the Hornets hold a slight edge, having taken six of the 10 contests.
About Last Series
Sacramento State took two of three over the weekend from WAC opponent Seattle U. The conference win is the eight-straight for the Hornets, who were excellent on the mound over the weekend. Their staff combined to strike out 33 in 27 innings against just five walks. Parker Brahms matched his program record with 14 strikeouts on Sunday. James Outman homered twice in the three games while driving in five.
Causeway Series History
The Hornets are looking to sweep the season series against UC Davis for the first time since the 2015 season. The Aggies swept the series in 2016 and the teams split in 2017. Since 2010, the Hornets have swept the season series from the Aggies three times: 2012, 2013 (three games), and 2015.
Piling Up The Ks
Sophomore starter Parker Brahms struck out 14 over six innings on Sunday, making it the second time this season he has struck out 14 in one game. Brahms, who set the program record for strikeouts in a single game with 14 on April 13 vs. Northern Colorado, matched that record Sunday. The right-hander has a conference-leading 95 strikeouts in 72.1 innings and has struck out 10 or more four times this season (12, 10, 14, 14).
Single Season Strikeouts
With 95 strikeouts already this season, Parker Brahms is just 24 back of the all-time record for strikeouts in a single season. Erik Bennet (1989) and Mike Ebby (1995) hold the school record with 119 strikeouts in a single season. Brahms' 95 strikeouts currently rank tied for eighth for most in a single season.
With two hits in Sunday's 10-1 win over Seattle U, Matt Smith extended his multi-hit streak to four games. The sophomore has two hits in each of his last four games and now has two or more hits in 15 games this season. He collected a career-best four hits (while also adding a career-best four RBIs) in Sacramento State's 14-7 loss at home against Pacific on April 10.
Ian Dawkins picked up two hits in Sunday's series finale win over Seattle U, giving him his 48th career multi-hit game, most among active Hornets players. He passed fellow senior Vinny Esposito (47). Dawkins has a team-leading 20 multi-hit games this season. The senior outfielder finished last season with a team-best 28 multi-hit games.
Outman Homers Again
James Outman hit two home runs in this past weekend's series against Seattle U, bringing his season total to 10. With 10 home runs, he now leads the Western Athletic Conference. PJ Floyd is tied with NM State's Caleb Henderson and Tristen Carranza for second in the conference with eight home runs. A junior, Outman hit a career-high 11 home runs in 60 games his sophomore season. With 10 home runs in 46 game this season, Outman would be on pace for 13 home runs in 60 games.
Randall on a Roll
Freshman pitcher Scott Randall made his first Friday home start last weekend. He threw a career-high six innings and allowed just one run on five hits while picking up his fifth win of the season. Over his last six starts, Randall has allowed just five earned runs over 28.0 innings, good for a 1.61 ERA. He has struck out 16 over that stretch compared to just three walks. As a team, the Hornets are 9-4 when Randall starts, the best mark for a single pitcher this season.
Austin Roberts has been lights out out of the bullpen this season for the Hornets, especially over his last nine outings. During that time, Roberts has thrown 17.1 innings while allowing just one unearned run, good for a 0.00 ERA. He has struck 24 out while walking just three and is 2-1 with a save. The last time Roberts allowed an earned run was nearly a month ago, on April 10 vs. Pacific. For the season, Roberts owns an even 2.00 ERA, the second best ERA on the team. His .191 batting average against is the lowest on the club.
Torres Going Streaking
Freshman infielder Keith Torres is currently riding a career-best eight-game hit streak. The streak started on April 22 at CSU Bakersfield. Over that stretch, Torres is 12-for-27 (.444). He has also drawn six walks and has a .529 on base percentage during the streak. Torres has two or more hits in four of his eight games and has scored four runs while driving in another four. His eight-game hit streak is tied for the third longest of the season.
A Team Effort
Sacramento State pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 18 batters in Sunday's 10-1 win. Much of that was done by starter Parker Brahms, who struck out 14 in six innings, but Austin Roberts added three strikeouts in two innings while Dalton added the last in his one inning of work. The Hornets struck out 16 in 10 innings against Santa Clara on March 10 earlier this year.
For the first time in four weeks, Sacramento State did not earn a Pitcher of Hitter of the Week Award (despite Parker Brahms matching his own school record with 14 strikeouts in Sunday). The Hornets won four straight awards from April 9 through April 30: PJ Floyd (4/9), Brahms (4/16), Tanner Dalton (twice, 4/23 and 4/30). Brahms also won the award earlier this season, giving the Hornets five total conference Player of the Week awards this season.
Conference Series Streak
With another series win this past weekend against Seattle U, the Hornets have now won six consecutive conference series this season and eight straight dating back to last season. Since the start of their eight-series streak, the Hornets are 22-6 against WAC opponents (including last year's postseason), good for a .786 winning percentage. Four of those eight conference series wins have come on the road and two of them have been sweeps.
Looking At 30
Sacramento State has won 30 games in each of the last six seasons and is one of just two California teams to have achieved that feat (also, Cal State Fullerton). The Hornets have 26 wins so far this season and need to go 4-4 over their eight remaining regular season games to reach the 30-win mark. Should they clinch a spot in the postseason, they will have at least two more games, as well.
Relying on the New Guys
According to a survey of baseball programs across the country, Sacramento State among the top five in the nation for most starts by freshmen players. Steven Moretto (45 starts), Keith Torres (44), Josh Urps (29), Dylan McPhillips (26), Scott Randall (13), Travis Martizia (1), and Brady Rodriguez (1) have combined for 159 total starts this season.
Sacramento State Stealers
James Outman and Matt Smith are tied for second in the WAC in stolen bases with 12 each. As a team, the Hornets are second in the conference and are 69th in all of NCAA Div. I with 59 total stolen bases. 10 different Hornets players have stolen at least one base while six have stolen four or more.
Magic Number Is Five
They Hornets are 25-6 this season when holding their opponents to five runs or fewer this season. Sacramento State has won just one game this year when allowing their opponent to score six or more runs, going 1-14 in those games.
The Century Mark
With three wins against Chicago State earlier this season, Sacramento State head coach Reggie Christiansen passed the 100-win mark in WAC competition. Currently in his eighth season as head coach for the Hornets, Christiansen is 110-83 (.570) against WAC opponents. He is the only active WAC coach with more than 100 conference wins. Since taking over as the head coach for the Hornets, Christiansen is 245-220 (.527) overall.
WAC Preseason Coach Poll
The Hornets were picked to finish third in the WAC in the 2018 Preseason Coaches Poll. They received 51 points, including one first place vote, finishing behind first-place Grand Canyon (61 points, five votes) and New Mexico State (54 points, two votes). The rest of the conference breaks down as follows: 4. Seattle U (46), 5. CSU Bakersfield (32), 6. Utah Valley (30), 7. UT Rio Grande Valley (23), 8. Northern Colorado (19), 9. Chicago State (8).
All-Conference Preseason Team
Sacramento State had three players named to the 2018 All-WAC Preseason Team, the most since they had five named to the 2015 team. This year's trio is Vinny Esposito (First Base), Ian Dawkins (Outfield), and James Outman (Outfield). The selection is Esposito's second (also 2016).
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