SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State baseball head coach Reggie Christiansen announced the Hornet baseball 2019 schedule on Friday.
The schedule begins with two fall exhibition games, including one at the defending College World Series champion Oregon State Beavers. The regular season schedule, which begins on Feb. 15, features 29 home games and five against Pac-12 teams.
Sacramento State's fall schedule includes two exhibitions games. The first is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 as the Hornets take on the defending College World Series champion Oregon State Beavers in Oregon. The Beavers (Pac-12) defeated Arkansas this past June to clinch their third College World Series championship. Sacramento State will also host the West Coast Conference's Santa Clara for their second and final fall exhibition.
Highlighting the non-conference schedule is a three-game series on the road at UCLA from March 1-3. The Bruins finished fourth in the Pac-12 last season and clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament. They went 2-2 in last year's Minneapolis Super Regional, falling to host Minnesota in the championship game.
In addition to UCLA, the Hornets also play two games against Cal. Last year, the Hornets defeated the Bears in Berkeley, 4-1, limiting one of the nation's best offenses to just two hits in the game.
The non-conference schedule also includes a home-and-home with causeway rivals UC Davis, as well as four-game set with Pacific. Later in the season, Sacramento State will play a mid-week, non-conference game at Illinois State. The Redbirds are helmed by former Hornets associate head coach Steve Holm. Dane Fujinaka, last year's Hornets catcher's coach, serves as an assistant coach for the Redbirds, as well.
The Hornets open the 2019 campaign with a three-game series against North Dakota State starting on Friday, Feb. 15. Sacramento State will make a number of shorts trips to Pacific, Davis, UCLA, and Saint Mary's before settling in for a season-long 13-game homestand from Fri., March 8 through Tues., March 26.
During that stretch, Sacramento State will host Towson, UC Davis, Rider, San Jose State, UT Rio Grande Valley, and Cal.
The home series against UTGRV from March 22 - 24 kicks off the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) portion of the schedule for the Hornets. Sacramento State has four home conference series this season and five on the road.
New in conference play this year is the addition of Cal Baptist to the league. The Lancers will be playing their first season with the WAC as they make the jump from Division II to Division I. Last season, Cal Baptist finished third in the PacWest Conference, compiling a 26-14 conference record while going 35-19 overall. Similar to the transition just completed by Grand Canyon, the Lancers will be ineligible for postseason play for four seasons.
After their three-game series against the Lancers, the Hornets will host Bakersfield before trips to both Seattle U and Chicago State. Sacramento State will then return home to host the defending WAC Tournament champion New Mexico State Aggies in a rematch of last year's title game.
Two more trips to Northern Colorado and Utah Valley round out the road portion of the conference schedule. Sacramento State will host last year's regular season champion, Grand Canyon, at home from Thurs., May 16 through Sun., May 18 to close the 2019 regular season schedule.
The 2019 WAC Tournament is scheduled to begin on May 22 and will again be held at Hohokam Stadium, the spring training home of the Oakland Athletics, in Mesa, Arizona.
Sacramento State opens the 2019 season having won 30 or more games in seven straight seasons, the longest such streak since a string of nine straight 30-win seasons from 1985-1993. They are just one of two teams in the state with such a streak (Cal State Fullerton).
The Hornets had three players drafted following the 2018 season including seventh-round pick James Outman. It was the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the program has had multiple MLB draft picks.
Although the Hornets graduated nine seniors from last year's squad, their incoming recruiting class has been listed among one of the top classes in the nation.