OREM, Utah – Sacramento State (31-20, 16-8 WAC) was unable to stop Utah Valley (13-36, 9-15 WAC) on Sunday, falling 14-4 in seven innings as the Wolverines 10-runned the Hornets.
The loss for Sacramento State drops the Hornets to 31-20 overall and 16-8 in conference play. The Hornets fall to fourth in league after Sunday wins by UTRGV, Grand Canyon, and Cal Baptist. With the tiebreaker over UTRGV and Cal Baptist ineligible for the WAC tournament, Sacramento State is the No. 3 seed as of Sunday.
Utah Valley, meanwhile, improves to 13-36 overall and 9-15 in league play. With a two-game lead over Seattle U, the Wolverines have nearly secured a spot in the conference tournament.
Sunday's 10-run loss was Sacramento State's first since falling 14-4 on the road at New Mexico State on April 29 of the 2016 season, a stretch of 188 games.
Utah Valley got started early, scoring four runs in the first inning against Brady Rodriguez and the Hornets. They were up 5-0 before the Hornets scored their first run of the day on a Matt Smith RBI-single.
The Wolverines answered that with three more runs in the third and fourth innings, taking an 11-1 lead.
Freshman Martin Vincelli-Simard homered for the Hornets, hitting a two-run shot in the fifth to cut the deficit to 11-3. The home run was Vincelli-Simard's sixth of the season and gave him RBIs 33 and 34 on the season.
Utah Valley added another in the fifth before the Hornets scored thanks to a wild pitch in the sixth.
Trailing 12-4 in the bottom of the seventh, the Hornets were unable to stop the Wolverines, who got a solo home run and an RBI-single, making it a 14-4 game and bringing the WAC's 10-run rule into effect.
Sunday's game was Sacramento State's final road game of the regular season. The Hornets finish the 2019 campaign with an 11-15 record away from John Smith Field.
There are four games left before the regular season comes to a close for the Hornets, all four scheduled at home at John Smith Field.
Up first, Sacramento State will host Saint Mary's in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. PT. The Hornets conclude the season with a three-game WAC series against Grand Canyon from Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18.
Tuesday's game will stream live online both at HornetSports.com/Radio and on the WAC Digital Network. For more details on the game, including links to both radio and video broadcasts, be sure to visit the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage online at HornetSports.com.