SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sacramento State (21-11, 7-2 WAC) traveled to the south Bay on Tuesday to take on the WCC's Santa Clara Broncos (6-23, 1-8 WCC) in a midweek matchup. The Hornets struggled to get going in the Tuesday meeting, falling to the Broncos, 11-0.
The loss is just the 11th of the season for the Hornets, to fall to 21-11 overall while remaining 7-2 in WAC play. The Broncos improve to 7-23 overall while staying put at 1-8 in league.
Santa Clara started early against Sacramento State, scoring four times in the first inning. All four runs in the inning were unearned as an early error proved costly.
The Broncos added three more in the second, again with the help of two more Hornets errors. While the Hornets did not commit another error after the second inning, the damage was already done. Santa Clara continued to add on, scoring another run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
The Hornets had chances of their own Tuesday night, putting multiple runners on in four different innings, but were unable to bring any of them home. Sacramento State had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth and again with no outs in the eighth, but could not convert. In total, they Hornets offense left 12 men on base.
Sacramento State used 18 different players in the game, including six different pitchers and 12 different position players. Matt Smith and Dawsen Bacho, taking a predetermined day off, were the only two position players to not see action.
Despite Tuesday night's loss, Sacramento State is still 3-3 in midweek meetings this season. All three of their midweek wins have come at home, including big wins over the Pac-12's Cal and Causeway rival UC Davis.
The Hornets have an off day tomorrow before they travel to Seattle on Thursday for a three-game conference series against the Seattle U Redhawks.
The weekend WAC series is the fourth of the year for the Hornets, who lead the conference with a 7-2 league record. Sacramento State has won all three of their conference series so far, including a three-game sweep of CSU Bakersfield this past weekend.
The series opens Friday evening with first pitch scheduled for 4 pm PT. Saturday's game is set for a 2 pm start while Sunday's series finale will get underway at noon.
For more details on this weekend's series and on all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.