HORNET BASEBALL OPENS 2019 SEASON WITH WEEKEND SERIES AT JOHN SMITH FIELD

HORNET BASEBALL OPENS 2019 SEASON WITH WEEKEND SERIES AT JOHN SMITH FIELD

Hornet Baseball Series Notes vs. NDSU, 2/15-17 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Hornets baseball team opens the 2019 season of Sacramento State baseball this weekend when they welcome North Dakota State to John Smith Field Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17. 

Series Schedule

Friday, Feb. 15 // 6:00 pm PT 
vs. North Dakota State Bison
Opening Night 

  • Free Koozie for first 250 fans
  • Brennan Leitao first pitch
  • Taylor Phillips National Anthem

Saturday, Feb. 16 // 3:00 pm PT 
vs. North Dakota State Bison
Baseball Bingo

Sunday, Feb. 17 // 1:00 pm PT 
vs. North Dakota State Bison
Sunday Funday

  • Fans 12 and Under Free
  • Kids Run the Bases Postgame
  • Kids On Field for National Anthem

How To Watch

Live Video Broadcast: WAC Digital Network
Live Audio Only Broadcast: HornetSports.com/Radio
Live Stats: HornetStats.com

Welcome to 2019 Hornet Baseball

2019 marks the 71st season of Sacramento State Hornet Baseball. The Hornets - led by ninth-year head coach Reggie Christiansen - are coming off a 35-25 season, which included a 17-7 record in league play. Featuring a young but talented roster, Sacramento State is looking to return to the WAC Championship game for the third consecutive year.

Seven Times Thirty

Last year's 35-25 record marked Sacramento State's seventh straight 30-win season, their most since winning 30 or more games in nine straight seasons from 1985-1993 under then head coach John Smith. 

Over the last seven seasons, the Hornets have never won fewer than 30 games, going 30-28 in 2016, and have won as many as 40, going 40-24 in 2014. 

Best in The West

Sacramento State is one of just two California Div. I programs to have won 30 or more games in each of the last seven seasons. Perennial postseason contender, Cal State Fullerton, is the other.

Championship Appearances

Sacramento State advanced to the WAC Championship game last season for the second straight season before falling in the tournament's finale game to New Mexico State.

Since 2012, when the Hornets advanced to their first WAC title game, Sacramento State has appeared in four championship games (2012, 2014, 2017, 2018), two more than any other WAC team during that time (CSU Bakersfield, Seattle, Utah Valley each with two.)

Of those four appearances, the Hornets have won twice, in 2014 and again in 2017. Since 2012, no other team has won more than once. 

Winning in the Wac

The Hornets went 17-7 in Western Athletic Conference play last season. Their 17 total conference wins are their second most ever in the WAC, second only to their 21-6 league finish during the 2016 season. 

Since taking over the program prior to the 2011 season, head coach Reggie Christiansen has guided the Hornets to a 113-85 record in conference play. 

WAC Preseason Poll

The Hornets were picked to finish third in the WAC for the second straight season in the 2019 preseason coaches poll. Sacramento State received 69 points, including two first place votes, finishing behind top pick Grand Canyon (75 points, five votes) and New Mexico State (74 points, four votes). 

The rest of the conference breaks down as follows: 4. Seattle U (54), T5. Cal Baptist (37), T5. UT Rio Grande Valley (37), 7. CSU Bakersfield (35), 8. Northern Colorado (27), 9. Utah Valley (26), 10. Chicago State (12).

Preseason All-Conference

Sacramento State's senior closer Tanner Dalton and sophomore starter Scott Randall were both named to the 2019 WAC preseason all-conference team. Dalton finished last season with a team-high 32 appearances and 10 saves, tied for fourth most in a single season in program history. Randall was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American after going 7-3 with a 3.48 ERA. He ranked among the top 10 in the WAC in starts, wins, and walks-allowed-per-nine-innings. 

All-Conference Returners

The Hornets return four players who were named all-conference in the WAC last season. Pitchers Parker Brahms and Austin Roberts were both named to the first team while outfielder Matt Smith and infielder Keith Torres were named to the second team. . 

Christiansen A "Rising Star"

Baseball America named head coach Reggie Christiansen one of their "Rising Stars" in a Feb. 13 release. They cite Christiansen's work turning Sacramento State into one of the most consistent programs on the West Coast.

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