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Hornet Baseball Series Notes vs. NO. 3 UCLA, 3/1-3 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State baseball team travels to southern California this weekend to take on No. 3 UCLA in a three-game set, starting Friday evening. The series is the Hornets' first against a ranked opponent since a four-game series on the road at Washington in 2017. 

How To Watch

Jackie Robinson Stadium // Los Angeles, Calif.
Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3
Listen: HornetSports.com/Radio
Live Stats: HornetStats.com

Coming Up...

at Saint Mary's
Luis Guisto Field // Moraga, Calif.
Tuesday, March 5

Leading Off

NO FREEBIES Sacramento State is allowing just 2.07 walks per nine innings through the season's first seven games. That is the best mark in the conference and the 7th lowest figure in all NCAA Div. I baseball. Last year, the Hornets finished second in the nation with a 2.37 walks-per-nine.

STARTER'S ERA Despite owning a team ERA north of 4.00, the Hornets' starters have posted a strong 2.43 ERA through seven games. Scott Randall leads the Hornets starting staff with an 0.69 ERA (13.0 IP, 1 ER) though none have an ERA over 3.60.

SIMARD GOES YARD Freshman catcher/first baseman Martin Vincelli-Simard hit his first home run of the year in Sacramento State's 5-2 win over Pacific. It was also the team's first home run of the year.

By The Numbers

10: Wins against ranked opponents under Christiansen, including two against top-5 programs.

3: Stolen bases in three attempts for Bronson Grubbs, tied most in the WAC. 

4.9: Strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Hornets, the fifth-highest mark in all NCAA Div. I baseball.

About Last Series

Sacramento State took just one of four games over the weekend against the Pacific Tigers. The Hornets lost twice in Stockton, falling 11-3 and 6-3 on Thursday and Friday. After winning Saturday night's game at John Smith Field, 5-2, the Hornets dropped the series finale on Sunday.

Keith Torres led the team offensively, hitting .353 with three extra base hits in the four game series. Martin Vincelli-Simard hit his and the team's first home run of the year, a solo shot on Saturday, and drove in a team-high four in the series. 

On the mound, Scott Randall picked up the team's one win, throwing seven innings of one-run ball on Saturday. Behind him, Travis Martizia picked up his first career save and the team's first this year. 

Washed Out Weekday

Sacramento State's midweek meeting with Causeway rivals UC Davis, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, was rescheduled for the Wednesday, Feb. 27 due to rain before being postponed until a later date, again due to rain.

Ranked Opponent

Sacramento State's  weekend series against #3 UCLA is their first against a ranked team since facing #11 Washington in 2017. It will be the team's first matchup against a top-five team since facing #5 LSU on the road in 2016 and their 12th series or game against a nationally-ranked opponent in the last five seasons.

During that time, the Hornets are 7-15 against top-25 opponents. Among those are wins over #4 Oregon State in 2014 and #5 LSU in 2016.

K:BB Ratios

Sacramento State enters Tuesday's game at UC Davis with a 4.93 Strikeout-to-Walk ratio, the highest mark in the Western Athletic Conference and the 5th highest in all of NCAA Div. I baseball. As a staff, Sacramento State has struck out 69 batters while allowing just 14 walks. 

Senior reliever Tanner Dalton's 9.00 K:BB ratio (9:0) is the best on the team. Among the Hornets' starters, junior Austin Roberts' 7.50 K:BB ratio (15:2) is tops, though sophomore Scott Randall is right behind him at 7.00 (14:2).

- For complete notes vs. NO. 3 UCLA, CLICK HERE. -