RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Sacramento State (18-9, 4-2 WAC) scored just one run in Sunday's series finale against Cal Baptist (18-10, 3-3 WAC), but that was all the Hornets needed as Scott Randall threw a shutout against the Lancers.
Randall was brilliant for the Hornets Sunday, facing just two over the minimum as he threw the Hornets' first complete-game shutout of the season. The sophomore right-hander needed just 99 pitches in the effort, throwing 75 of them (76%) for strikes.
The game took just one hour and 57 minutes as Randall retired the side in order in seven of nine innings.
A freshman All-American last season, Randall put on a showcase Sunday, retiring the first 15 batters he faced.
He gave up his first hit to lead off the sixth inning, but retired the next three batters in order.
The second hit came with two outs in the eighth inning, but Randall struck out the next batter the end in frame.
In total, Randall gave up just two hits – both singles - struck out five, and did not walk a batter. The Hornets defense was sharp behind him as he recorded 15 ground ball outs in the game.
For the season, Randall improved to 4-1 with the win while lowering his ERA to a team-best 1.62. His .183 batting average against is also best on the staff while his 45 strikeouts are tied for the team lead.
The Hornets would have scored more, but a great diving catch by the Lancers' center fielder took away what would have been an RBI-single from Trevor Doyle to end the Sacramento State threat.
The 1-0 Sunday win clinched the series victory for the Hornets, who also beat Cal Baptist, 21-10, Friday night.
For the season, Sacramento State improved to 18-9 overall and 4-2 in the WAC. Cal Baptist dropped to 18-10 and 3-3 in league.
The Hornets have now won each of their first two conference series of the season, having taken two of three games last weekend against UTRGV.
The Hornets are off tomorrow before they get underway again Tuesday night at home against Menlo College. Tuesday night's game is set for a 5 pm first pitch and will feature an audio-only steam online at HornetSports.com/Radio.
For more details on Sunday's game and all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.