RANDALL THROWS GEM AS BASEBALL WINS EIGHTH STRAIGHT, 7-0, OVER RIDER

RANDALL THROWS GEM AS BASEBALL WINS EIGHTH STRAIGHT, 7-0, OVER RIDER

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore starter Scott Randall was dominant on Sunday, throwing eight shutout innings as Sacramento State (12-7) cruised to a 7-0 win over the visiting Rider Broncs (5-12).

Randall was in control of the game from his first pitch to his last, throwing eight shutout innings against the Broncs on Sunday. Randall threw just 92 pitches - 62 of them for strikes - while giving up just two hits and one walk. He struck out eight.

"Randall was outstanding today," said head coach Reggie Christiansen after the game. "This was the first time this year where he's had a full week to prepare with a bullpen day and I just thought he was outstanding today."

The sophomore right-hander had five 1-2-3 innings on Sunday and never faced more than four batters in an inning. He echoed Christiansen's observation about having a full week of rest, as well.

"I hadn't had a normal week since my first start of the season because of the rain and our schedule," added Randall. "So coming into today with a full week, that helped my arm out a lot."

For the season, Randall improved to 3-1 while lowering his ERA to a team-best 1.45. He also increased his strikeout-to-walk ratio to 5:1 (35 Ks, 7 BBs).

Behind Randall, Tanner Dalton threw a scoreless ninth to close out the game.

Offensively, Sacramento State scored the game's first two runs in the fourth inning, but the big difference, said Christiansen, came in the inning prior.

"Even though we didn't score in the third, I thought that inning made the difference in the game," he said after the win.

"We put their guy on the ropes, got him to throw a lot of pitches, and that was a big part of the reason we were able to score in the next inning and get him out of the game."

Leading 2-0, Sacramento State added two more runs in the seventh before putting the game out of reach with three more runs in the third.

In all three innings in which they scored, Hornets hitters drew at least one walk, and continued to show patience at the plate and work good at bats. They had five walks and 11 hits in Sunday's win.

"The approach is always to just have good at bats," said Christiansen, "and I feel like we've done that well recently. Put together good at bats - series of them."

Seven different starters had at least one hit, while Bronson Grubbs, Trevor Doyle, and Dylan McPhillips each had two.

Grubbs drove in a team-high three while Evan Gibbons, Martin Vincelli-Simard, and Nick Iwasa each drove in one.

For McPhillips, Sunday's game was the sophomore catcher's first action of the season. He made his debut with a strong 2-for-3 performance with a double, a run, and a walk.

"We can really pitch, and we're starting to have better at bats, and starting to play better defense," Christiansen added in regards to his team's overall performance Sunday. "And shoot, we've won eight in a row. I really like the way things are heading right now."

Sunday's win was Sacramento State's eighth straight victory, passing their season-long streak of seven games from a year ago. Under Christiansen, Sacramento State's longest win streak is 12 (2014).

The Hornets will have a chance to extend their streak when they host San Jose State at John Smith Field on Tuesday, March 17. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

More details on Tuesday's game and all upcoming Hornets baseball games can be found online at HornetSports.com by visiting the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage.