RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Sacramento State (17-8, 3-1 WAC) tied a program record with 21 runs in a Western Athletic Conference matchup Friday night when they beat the Cal Baptist Lancers (17-9, 2-2 WAC), 21-10 at Totman Field in Riverside.
The Hornets and Lancers came into Friday's series opener with the two best team ERAs in the conference and many expected a closely contested weekend of baseball. Instead, both offenses erupted Friday night, combining for 31 runs on 30 hits.
Sacramento State scored in six of nine innings Friday night, putting up a game-high six runs in the top of the fourth inning. They also scored four in the eighth and five in the ninth.
Early on, Cal Baptist hung with the Hornets and their offensive outburst. After Sacramento State scored three in the top of the first, the Lancers answered back with three of their own. Again, after the Hornets climbed ahead, 10-3, Cal Baptist rallied back with seven runs to tie the game, 10-10, in the fifth.
After that point, however, Sacramento State scored 11 unanswered runs to push the score to 21-10.
The 21 total runs scored by Sacramento State Friday night are tied the program's most ever in a WAC game. The Hornets' last 21-run game in a WAC contest came back in 1994, a 21-13 win over Fresno St at John Smith Field.
The 21 total runs scored Friday night was also tied for the fifth most in the Division I era of Hornet Baseball.
|MOST RUNS - D1 ERA (1991-Pres.)|
|1.||W, 31-3, vs. Rhode Island||March 8, 1997|
|2.||W, 25-8, vs. Arizona||March 16, 1994|
|3.||W, 23-9, vs. Pacific||April 25, 1998|
|4.||W, 22-2, vs. Albany||March 31, 2010|
|T5.||W, 21-10, at Cal Baptist||March 29, 2018|
|T5.||W, 21-13, vs. Fresno St.||April 17, 1994|
Dawsen Bacho continued his torrid hitting pace since moving into the leadoff spot on Friday, going 4-for-6 with a career-high five RBIs. He was also one of four Hornets hitters to score three runs.
Matt Smith also had four hits Friday – three of them doubles - and drove in three.
Keith Torres was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. Torres was responsible for knocking in Sacramento State's 19th and 20th runs of the night.
With a two-run double, Keith Torres knocked in Sacramento State's 19th and 20th runs of the night, making Friday night Sacramento State's highest-scoring #WACbsb game (2006-pres.).— Sac State Baseball (@SacStBaseball) March 30, 2019
Bacho would make it 21 one pitch later. #StingersUp pic.twitter.com/SxsS17ZnGe
Ryan Walstad hit his first career home run in the frenzy, driving a ninth-inning, two-run blast out to right field. In addition to the home run and two RBIs, Walstad also scored three runs and drew three walks.
In total, Sacramento State scored 21 runs on 19 hits and 11 walks and was helped by five Cal Baptist errors. All nine Hornets starters scored a run Friday night while eight of nine starters had at least one hit.
The win is Sacramento State's 17th of the season as they improve to 17-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
The Hornets will have a chance to improve on that record when they get right back to action tomorrow evening against Cal Baptist for game two of this three game set. First pitch on Saturday, March 30 is set for 5 pm PT and the game will stream live online.
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.