BASEBALL CRUISES TO 7-1 WIN OVER UTRGV; WIN STREAK NOW AT 11 GAMES

BASEBALL CRUISES TO 7-1 WIN OVER UTRGV; WIN STREAK NOW AT 11 GAMES

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (15-7, 2-0 WAC) led start to finish Saturday afternoon, as they cruised to a comfortable 7-1 win over the UTRGV Vaqueros (14-9, 0-2 WAC). With the win, the Hornets extend their win streak to 11 games.

The Hornets did most of their damage in the second inning, scoring four runs with just one hit. That one hit belonged to Bronson Grubbs, who picked up a bases-loaded base hit to drive in two.

In addition to Grubbs' hit, the Hornets drew four walks in the inning and had the benefit of one of UTRGV's two errors.

The Vaqueros answered back immediately, scoring a run in the top of the third inning but, despite 12 total hits in the game, would not score again.

The Hornets added two more in the fourth inning, again benefitted by a Vaqueros error, as well as a wild pitch. Dawsen Bacho drove in the inning's first run with an RBI-double while Martin Vincelli-Simard joined the action with an RBI-single of his own.

Sacramento State added another run for good measure in the seventh inning when Steven Moretto blasted a fastball high and deep out to left. The home run was his second of the season.

As a team, the Hornets scored seven runs on just seven hits while drawing seven walks.

"The guys were patient and took advantage of opportunities today," said head coach Reggie Christiansen. "We had a good effort up and down the lineup."

Sophomore catcher Dylan McPhillips, making just his second start of the season, led the Hornets with two of those hits and was one of six with a walk.

"Being back on the field and helping my team win, it feels great," said McPhillips, who missed the first 19 games of the season due to injury.

In his two games this season, McPhillips is 4-for-6 with a double, two runs, and two walks.

"You learn a lot sitting on the bench and watching," McPhillips noted of his strong start. "I really took in my teammate's at-bats and tried to process those the best I could and use it as a positive."

On the mound, Travis Adams made his fifth start of the season for the Hornets. Adams went just 4.1 innings and gave up nine hits and a walk, but despite that, held the Vaqueros to just one run.

"Travis certainly found himself in some tough spots today," said Christiansen of his freshman starter, "but he found a way to pitch out of it. We were able to take advantage of a couple base running miscues by them, as well."

Behind Adams, Brady Rodriguez threw a scoreless inning and two thirds and was rewarded with his third win of the season.

From there, Stone Churby and Tanner Dalton combined for three shutout innings to seal the Hornets' 11 consecutive win.

The 11-game win streak is the second longest for the Hornets under Christiansen, who won 12 straight during the 40-win 2014 campaign. In the Division I era of Hornet baseball, no team has a longer winning streak than the Hornets' 16-game streak in 1992.

"It certainly feels good," said Christiansen after the game when asked about the streak. "I'm really proud of these guys. Right now were going to enjoy this one, but tomorrow we'll come back ready to go with Scott Randall."

Sacramento State will have a chance to complete the sweep when they take on UTRGV tomorrow, Sunday, March 24. Sunday's series finale against the Vaqueros is scheduled for a 12 noon first pitch. Scott Randall (3-1, 1.45) will take on the Vaqueros' Jerred Quartier (1-0, 0.77).  

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