SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It was a rare sight Saturday night at John Smith Field as Sacramento State (27-15, 13-4 WAC) lost at home for just fourth time all season. The Hornets were unable to repeat last night's comeback magic as they fell, 12-4, to New Mexico State (29-11, 12-5 WAC).
The loss drops the Hornets to 27-15 overall as they remain just three wins away from their eighth-consecutive 30-win season. In conference, they dropped to 13-4, falling into a tie with UTRGV atop the WAC, though Sacramento State does own the tiebreaker over the Vaqueros.
For New Mexico State, they climb to 29-11 overall while gaining a game on both the Hornets and the Vaqueros, improving to 12-5 in league play.
After Friday night's slow-scoring affair that saw just one run through the first seven innings, Saturday's game started with a bang as the two teams scored a combined seven runs in the first three innings.
Sacramento State struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first before a second inning NM State home run made it a 3-1 game. Although the Hornets managed to cut the deficit to one on two separate occasions, they never managed to retake the lead.
Trailing 4-3 in the third, the Hornets were unable to slow the Aggies as New Mexico State added on to its lead with runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings.
Despite scoring just four runs on Saturday, Sacramento State did have chances. The Hornets had 10 hits in the game, but also struck out 14 times while drawing just two walks. They also left seven on base.
Four different Hornets had two hits in the game, including Keith Torres, who also scored two of the team's four runs.
As mentioned, the loss was just Sacramento State's fourth at home this season. In 23 games, Sacramento State is 19-4 at John Smith Field. They team's 19 wins are its most at home since winning 20 in 2015.
It was also rare to see the Hornets drop a game when scoring first. In 22 games in which Sacramento State scores the first run, they are now 16-6 this season.
The rubber match of this WAC weekend series is set for tomorrow, Sunday, April 28. First pitch is scheduled for 11:30 am PT. As always, the game will stream live online on the WAC Digital Network as well as on HornetSports.com/Radio.
For more details on tomorrow's game and all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.