BASEBALL WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT, BEATS UC DAVIS 8-2 TUESDAY

BASEBALL WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT, BEATS UC DAVIS 8-2 TUESDAY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (9-7) extended their current win streak to five games with an 8-2 win over Causeway rivals UC Davis (6-8) Tuesday night at John Smith Field.

With the win, Sacramento State has won five straight and improves to 9-7 overall this year. The five-game win streak is the team's longest of the season and its longest since winning seven straight in the middle of last season.

The loss for the Aggies drops them to 6-8 overall and is their fifth straight.

"That was a complete win right there," said head coach Reggie Christiansen after the game. "We had an opportunity tonight for some of these guys that don't play as much and they took advantage of it."

The Hornets fell behind early Tuesday night, but strong bullpen work and patient performances at the plate helped lift the Hornets to the victory.

Trailing 2-0 after one inning, Sacramento State scored two runs of their own in the home half of the second. Three straight hits to open the inning – including back-to-back doubles by Dawsen Bacho and Steven Moretto – and a sacrifice fly by Dylan Ohlsen made it a 2-2 game.

The offense continued to add on over the course of the game, scoring a run in the fourth, two in each the fifth and the sixth, and their eighth and final run of the night in the seventh.

The fourth inning's go-ahead run came courtesy of a Griffin McCormick sacrifice fly. For McCormick, the RBI was his sixth in the last three games.

Ohlsen, whose sacrifice fly in the second tied the game at two, was responsible for driving in three of the Hornets' runs Tuesday night.

"It's been a slow start to the season for sure," said Ohlsen after Tuesday night's win. "But we and I have been working to adjust, figure it out, and I feel like it's starting to come around now.

The freshman, who came into the game with just one hit this season, was 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk in addition to his sacrifice fly.

"It felt good to finally get that double off," he added. "Hopefully things take off from there."

Eight of Sacramento State's nine starters had a hit in Tuesday night's win, including a team-high two off the bat of Nick Iwasa. Making just his fourth start of the season, Iwasa was 2-for-3 with a double, a run, and two walks.

Iwasa's two walks were two of just 11 that Sacramento State drew as a team. They finished one shy of their season-high 12 walks, a number they reached last Saturday against Towson.

On the mound Tuesday, Sacramento State used six different pitchers against UC Davis. Nick Tabura made his second start of the year and gave up two runs – one earned – in the first inning. After that, the Hornets bullpen combined to throw eight shutout innings.

"I'm really proud of the pitching staff, piecing it together tonight," said Christiansen. "We had a couple guys not available after last weekend. I thought Jack's two innings were absolutely big time. Dash threw the ball really well, as did Connor, then Travis and Stone finished it up."

Dash Dunham earned the win for the Hornets, his first of the year, thanks to two scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth innings.

Jack Zalasky threw two big innings for Sacramento State, shutting the door on the Aggies after they jumped ahead 2-0 early. Later, Connor Sparks threw a scoreless inning, as well.

Martizia threw two perfect innings, striking out one, while Stone Churby, who pitched the ninth for the Hornets, struck out the side after allowing a leadoff hit.

In his last three appearances, Churby has thrown four innings, allowed two hits, and struck out 10 of the 14 batters he has faced.

In total Tuesday night, Sacramento State's six pitchers allowed just the two runs (one earned) on five total hits. They walked four and struck out nine.

The win over UC Davis is Sacramento State's fourth straight against its Causeway rival and its fifth straight this season after last weekend's four-game sweep of Towson.

The schedule continues with another home series as Sacramento State welcomes Rider to John Smith Field for a weekend set. The three-game series will take the Hornets over the halfway mark of their season-long 13-game homestand, which began last Friday, March 8 and concludes Tuesday, March 26.

For more details on this weekend's games and all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.