SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State (26-13, 12-3 WAC) close out their season-long nine game road trip with a Tuesday night meeting in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears (20-14, 8-7 PAC-12). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm PT as the Hornets look to win their third straight against the Bears.
How To Watch
vs. New Mexico State Aggies
John Smith Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28
Saturday's contest against New Mexico State will immediately follow Sacramento State Athletics' first ever Hornet Fest Outdoor Music Festival. The festival includes performances by Pablo Cruise, Love & Theft, and others. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and include admission to Saturday night's game against the Aggies.
About Last Series
Sacramento State picked up its fourth sweep of the season, beating Chicago State on the road in Chicago in all three games this weekend.
The series started on Friday with a 10-run-rule shortened, 13-3 win for the Hornets. Sacramento State hit three home runs in the win, its first multi-home run game of the year. Game two, also on Friday, went the Hornets way, 7-5. The Hornets completed with sweep with a convincing 10-1 win on Saturday.
Matt Smith hit a team-high .385 in the series while extending his season-best hitting streak to 14 games. Steven Moretto homered twice in the series while both he and Martin Vincelli-Simard knocked in a team-best six in the series. On the mound, Parker Brahms threw seven strong innings on Saturday to get his fourth win of the year. Tanner Dalton and Austin Roberts each recorded a win, as well.
Tuesday's game at Cal is Sacramento State's seventh midweek matchup of the season. So far this year, the Hornets are 3-4 in midweek games. All three of their midweek wins have come at home this season (UC Davis, San Jose State, Cal) while all four midweek losses have come on the road (Saint Mary's, Nevada, Santa Clara, Illinois State).
Hornets Atop the WAC
With a 12-3 conference record, Sacramento State stands alone atop the Western Athletic Conference. Through five weekends of league play, the Hornets stand a full game ahead of the second-place New Mexico State Aggies (11-4) ant UTRGV Vaqueros (11-4). Sacramento State also holds the tiebreaker over UTRGV, having won that series, two games to one.
Matt Streaking Smith
After opening the season with a seven-game hit streak and hitting as high as .385, junior Matt Smith struggled to a .176 average on March 26 vs. Cal.
Since then, Smith has been unstoppable, hitting safely in 14 straight games, a season-best for the Hornets. He is two games shy of matching his career-best hitting streak (16, Feb. 19 - March 16, 2016).
In his last 14 games, Smith is hitting .466 with a .543 OBP and a .810 slugging percentage (1.353 OPS). The outfielder has six doubles, a triple, four home runs, 18 RBIs, and 18 runs scored in that time.
- For complete notes at Cal, CLICK HERE. -