SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The WAC's top two teams clash this weekend at John Smith Field as Sacramento State (26-14, 12-3 WAC) opens a three-game weekend series against New Mexico State (28-10, 11-4 WAC) on Friday. This weekend's series is the first time these two teams have faced each other since the WAC Tournament championship game last season.
How To Watch
at San Francisco
Benedetti Diamond // San Francisco, Calif.
Tuesday, April 30
Sacramento State's first ever Hornet Fest is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from 1 - 5 p.m. on the Football Practice Field, just adjecent to John Smith Field. Tickets to Hornet Fest include admission to Saturday night's baseball game vs. New Mexico State. Hornet Fest is headlined by Pablo Cruis and includes Love & Theft, Fox Wilde, and Kimberly Dahme. Fans are encouraged to join Hornet baseball at John Smith Field following the event.
Tickets are available now online at HornetSports.com.
Championship Rematch This weekend's three-game series against New Mexico State will be a rematch of last year's WAC Tournament championship matchup. The Hornets won a thrilling 15-inning game to force a winner-take-all Sunday game in last year's tournament.
Battle At The Top In addition to a rematch, this weekend's series is also a battle between the conference's top two teams. The Hornets lead the WAC at 12-3 while NM State is second at 11-4. Neither team has lost a weekend conference series yet this season.
Home Sweet Home This weekend's series marks Sacramento State's first home games since April 9, a nine-game stretch on the road. At John Smith Field this season, the Hornets are an incredible 18-3.
Around the Horn
14: Game hit streak for Matt Smith snapped Tuesday at Cal. It is the team's longest streak this year.
18: Wins at home this season for the Hornets in 21 tries, their most since winning 20 at home in 2015.
6: Categories in which Sacramento State leads the WAC, including BB/9, WHIP, and K:BB.
About Last Game
Sacramento State fell on the road Tuesday, dropping a midweek matchup on the road at Cal, 12-4. The loss was Sacramento State's fifth in the midweek as they fell to 3-5 in midweek games this season.
Steven Moretto and Martin Vincelli-Simard each homered in the win for Sacramento State, both solo shots. Vincelli-Simard's was his fifth of the year and Moretto's was his team-leading sixth of the season.
For the season, the Hornets split their home-and-home series with Cal, shutting out Cal 6-0 at home and falling in Tuesday's game on the road.
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) and UTRGV Vaqueros (11-4). Sacramento State also holds the tiebreaker over UTRGV, having won that series, two games to one.
Pitching vs. Hitting
This weekend's series between the Hornets and New Mexico State Aggies features the WAC's top pitching staff vs. the league's top offense. The Hornets lead the WAC in most pitching categories, including ERA, WHIP, K:BB ratio, shutouts, and more while the Aggies pace the WAC in nearly every offensive category, including batting average, home runs, on-base percentage, runs scored, and more.
Home Sweet Home
This weekend's series marks Sacramento State's first home games since April 9, a nine-game stretch on the road. The Hornets have played 21 home games in total this season and are an incredible 18-3 when playing at John Smith Field. Under Coach Christiansen, Sacramento State has excelled at home. Since 2012 and including this season, the Hornets are 149-80 at the John, a .651 winning percentage.
Winning the Weekend
With another sweep this weekend at Chicago State, Sacramento State has now won or swept seven consecutive weekend series, including all five of its WAC weekend series.
Sacramento State and New Mexico State are the only two teams in the WAC to have not yet lost a conference series this season.
- For complete series notes vs. NM State, CLICK HERE. -