BERKELEY, Calif. – Sacramento State (26-14, 12-3 WAC) traveled to the Bay Area Tuesday as they closed out a season-long nine game road trip in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears (21-14, 8-7 PAC-12). Despite a shutout win against the Bears in Sacramento earlier this season, the Hornets stumbled Tuesday, falling 12-4 at Cal.
Tuesday night's game was Sacramento State's ninth straight contest away from John Smith Field, a stretch of road baseball that started back on April 9 at Santa Clara. The nine consecutive road games was the longest such stretch this season for the Hornets.
The trip included two weekend conference series, a series win at Seattle U and a sweep at Chicago State. Including Tuesday night, the Hornets went 5-4 over the nine games.
The loss drops Sacramento State to 26-14 overall while they remain atop the WAC with a 12-3 conference record. Cal improves to 21-14 overall and stay put at 8-7 in the Pac-12.
Things escalated quickly on Tuesday as the Bears jumped ahead to an early 6-0 lead in the first inning. Despite a run of their own in the second, Sacramento State never really recovered as the Bears continued to pile on, ultimately winning 12-4.
Normally, four runs is more than enough for the Hornets, who came into Tuesday night's game with a 22-4 record when scoring at least three.
Martin Vincelli-Simard gave the Hornets their first run of the night with a solo home run in the second, his fifth of the year. Steven Moretto also homered for Sacramento State, another solo shot, his sixth, in the eighth.
Sacramento State will return home for a big weekend conference series against the New Mexico State Aggies starting this Friday, April 26. At 12-3, the Hornets are first in the Western Athletic Conference and hold a one-game lead on the second-place Aggies (11-4). It will also be the first time the two teams have faced each other since last year's WAC Conference Tournament championship game.
This weekend's series also includes Saturday's Hornet Fest, an all-new outdoor music festival hosted by Sacramento State and featuring music from Pablo Cruise, Love & Theft, and others. A ticket to the Saturday festival, which runs from 1 to 5 pm, includes admission to Saturday night's Hornet baseball game (6 pm first pitch).
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.