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BASEBALL WINS NINTH STRAIGHT, DEFEATING SAN JOSE STATE, 7-2, TUESDAY NIGHT

BASEBALL WINS NINTH STRAIGHT, DEFEATING SAN JOSE STATE, 7-2, TUESDAY NIGHT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (13-7) won its ninth consecutive game, defeating the visiting San Jose State Spartans (12-8) at John Smith Field, 7-2, Tuesday night.

The Hornets held the Spartans, who came into Tuesday night's game hitting .313 as a team, to just one hit in the win.

"It really just goes to show you that good pitching can beat good hitting any day of the week," said head coach Reggie Christiansen after the game. "And our guys have been really, really good."

After the Spartans tagged starter Nick Tabura for two runs on a hit and two walks in the first inning, the Hornets bullpen locked it down on what was a staff day from the start.

Travis Martizia took over for Tabura, and allowed just one base runner in the second to reach on an error. After that, the bullpen and the defense retired 23 straight to close out Tuesday night's game.

Parker Brahms, who went just two innings in his start on Friday, threw a scoreless third inning Tuesday and was rewarded with his second win of the season as he improved to 2-2.

Behind Brahms, Brady Rodriguez threw a perfect fourth while Stone Churby set down the side in order in both the fifth and sixth. Austin Roberts followed with two more perfect frames in the seventh and eighth while Tanner Dalton closed things out with a 1-2-3 ninth.

"I spoke after our last game about how good our pitching can be," added Christiansen, "and our guys just continue to get better each and every week."

During the team's nine-game win streak, the Hornets staff owns a 1.56 ERA and a .150 batting average against. They have struck out 81 batters and walked just 14.

It wasn't just the pitching that was firing on all cylinders Tuesday night, however, as the Hornets scored seven times on 11 hits. Four of those hits came off the bat of Dawsen Bacho, who went 4-for-4 with a walk while hitting in the leadoff spot.

"I don't think I've done that since I was maybe eight playing little league," said the sophomore catcher of hitting in the top spot in the order. "It was definitely a different experience but I enjoyed it, just trying to find a way to get on early."

Bacho reached base in all five of his at bats, singling in the first, third, fifth, and eighth innings while drawing a sixth-inning walk. He scored also scored twice.

Martin Vincelli-Simard was another major contributor Tuesday night, going 2-for-5 with his team-leading fourth home run of the season and four RBIs.

Simard's blast, a three-run shot, came in the home half of the third inning with Sacramento State trailing, 2-0, at the time. He put his team ahead and they never looked back.

The Hornets added their next four runs in the fifth inning, taking advantage of an early San Jose State error and stringing together multiple hits and back-to-back sacrifice flies in the frame.

During the team's current nine-game win streak, the Hornets are hitting .281 as a team and are averaging more than seven runs and eight hits per game.

"We established an approach early and we've all bought into it," said Bacho of the team's recent offensive success. "We're sticking to it and it's starting to show out there."

"This is a group effort win," added Christiansen.

Sacramento State has now won nine straight games, the team's longest streak since winning 12 straight during the 40-win 2014 campaign. It is the second longest win streak under head coach Reggie Christiansen.

They take that nine-game win streak into this weekend's Western Athletic Conference opening series against UT Rio Grande Valley.

"It definitely feels good," said Bacho of the nine-game streak. "There's good vibes in the clubhouse. But we also know we have to keep our focus ahead and our focus right now is on UTRGV this weekend."

Christiansen echoed Bacho: "You have to feel good about it, certainly. But UTRGV has been playing really good baseball and we have to make sure we focus on and prepare for those guys coming in here."

The Hornets welcome the Vaqueros to John Smith Field for a three-game series starting Friday, March 22.

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