SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State (33-22, 18-9 WAC) heads to sunny Mesa, Arizona this week for the 2019 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The double-elimination tournament begins Wednesday, May 22nd and the No. 3 Hornets will play their first game Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. PT against the No. 6 Utah Valley Wolverines. The winner of the 2019 WAC Tournament earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
How To Watch
New this season, all 2019 WAC Tournament baseball games will stream live online on ESPN+, ESPN's new online streaming service. ESPN+ includes a $4.99 monthly subscription, but features a free 7-day trial. Games will stream on ESPN+ in the US only. For those watching outside of the US, games will stream as usual on the WAC Digital Network.
All Sacramento State Hornets games will also feature an audio-only broadcast with Hornets' play-by-play broadcaster Anthony Rifenburg online at HornetSports.com/Radio.
Live stats for all WAC Tournament baseball games will be available online at WACStats.com.
Back To The WAC Tourney Sacramento State returns to the Western Athletic Conference tournament for the eighth consecutive season. The Hornets' streak of eight straight conference tournament appearances is the longest active streak among WAC programs.
Championship Experience Since 2012, when Sacramento State advanced to its first WAC title game, the Hornets have appeared in four championship games, two more than any other program in the WAC. Sacramento State's two WAC Tournament Championships (2014, 2017) are the most by one team since 2012.
California Leaders Sacramento State is the only Div. I baseball program in California with 30 or more wins in each of the last eight seasons (2012-19).
Around the Horn
4: Championship appearances in the last eight seasons, more than any other WAC program.
8: Consecutive seasons with 30+ wins, the longest active streak among DI California programs.
2: WAC Tournament Championships since 2012. No other program has won more than one in that time.
Hornets Season At A Glance
Sacramento State finished the 2019 season of Hornet baseball with an overall record of 33-22 and a WAC record of 18-9, good for fourth in the conference.
The team's 33 wins are the most in the regular season since winning 35 regular season games in 2014 (40-24 overall). In addition, the Sacramento State's 18 conference wins are its most since 2014, when the team went 21-6 in league play.
Breaking Down The WAC
It took until the final day of the WAC regular season for everything to become final, but as the dust settled Saturday afternoon, Sacramento State found themselves finishing fourth in the conference and with the No. 3 seed in 2019 WAC tournament.
New Mexico State, UT Rio Grande Valley, and newcomer Cal Baptist all finished with a share of the conference title, wrapping the season with identical 19-8 records in league play. With the league's tiebreakers, NM State takes the No. 1 seed into the tournament and UTRGV the No. 2.
In its first year at the Div. I level, Cal Baptist put together an excellent debut campaign. Due to NCAA division transfer rules, the Lancers are ineligible from participating in the conference tournament.
Grand Canyon is fifth (No. 4 seed) while CSU Bakersfield is sixth (No. 5) and Utah Valley, seventh (No. 6.)
Seattle U, Northern Colorado, and Chicago State - in order - round out the rest of the conference and do not qualify for the conference tournament.
2019 WAC Tournament
For the fifth straight season, the WAC Baseball Tournament will head to Hohokam Stadium, the preseason home of the Oakland Athletics. The tournament begins Wednesday, May 22 and will go through Saturday, May 25. An "If Necessary" game could take place on Sunday, May 26.
The WAC Baseball Tournament is no stranger to the state of Arizona and the city of Mesa. The league's championship has been played in Arizona 17 times (1963, 65, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 76, 78, 2010, 11, 12, 14-18) and the event was held in Mesa in 1971, 1973, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Back To The WAC Tourney
Sacramento State returns to the Western Athletic Conference tournament for the eighth consecutive season (2012 - 2019). The Hornets' streak of eight straight conference tournament appearances is the longest active streak among WAC programs.
CSU Bakersfield is just one behind Sacramento State, having made the tournament every season since joining the WAC in 2013 (seven seasons). Current Hornets volunteer assistant coach Bill Kernen was the head coach at CSUB from 2009 - 2015.
WAC Championship Appearances
Since 2012, when the Hornets advanced to their first WAC title game, Sacramento State has appeared in four WAC tournament championship games (2012, 2014, 2017, 2018), two more than any other WAC team during that time. CSU Bakersfield, Seattle, and Utah Valley have appeared in two tournament championship games since 2012 and no other team more than once.
Of the team's four championship game appearances, the Hornets have won the title twice, both in 2014 and again in 2017. Since 2012, no other team has won more than once.
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