SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State (39-23) returns to the NCAA Regionals for the third time in the last six seasons on Friday when they take on top-seeded Stanford (41-11) at 1 p.m. at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The No. 2 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and No. 3 Fresno State Bulldogs will play the evening game, starting at 7 p.m. Sacramento State's last NCAA Regional appearance in 2017 also saw the team compete at Stanford.
How To Watch
The 2019 Div. I NCAA Stanford Regional will be televised on the ESPN family of networks. Friday afternoon's game against the Stanford Cardinal has been confirmed for ESPN 3.
All Hornets postseason games will also include a live online radio broadcast with Sacramento State baseball play-by-play broadcaster, Anthony Rifenburg at HornetSports.com/Radio.
Live stats for the regional will be provided by Stanford and the NCAA. Direct links to live stats can be found, as always, online on the 2019 Hornets baseball schedule.
Back To The Regional
Sacramento State returns to the Div. I NCAA Regional for the third time in the last six seasons after winning the 2019 WAC Tournament. 2019 is the program's third ever regional appearance, also including 2014 and 2017.
The 2014 team advanced to the program's first Div. I NCAA Regional and competed in the San Luis Obispo regional, defeating and eliminating then #18 Arizona State.
In 2017, Sacramento State played in the Stanford Regional, going 0-2 in two games against then #8 Stanford and BYU.
Most Among the Four Seeds
Sacramento State's 39 wins are most among all No. 4 seeds in the Div. I NCAA Regional tournaments across the country. Fordham is closest at 38-22 while the average 4-seed win total is just 32.
Eight Times Thirty
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). Both the Hornets and Cal State Fullerton came into the 2019 campaign with 30+ wins in each season since 2012.
The Titans did not reach the 30-win mark this season, leaving the Hornets as the only Div. I program in California with 30+ wins in every season since 2012.
A Tournament Of Firsts
Sacramento State made history a number of times with its improbable run through the tournament. In the tournament's current six-team, double-elimination format, the Hornets are the first to:
- Win six games in the tournament
- Lose a first round game and advance to Saturday night's title game
- Lose a first round game and win the tournament
- Beat all five other teams in the tournament
- Eliminate all five other teams in the tournament
Four Hornets were named to the WAC's all-Tournament team after their improbable run to the title. Sophomore catcher Dawsen Bacho was named the tournament MVP after hitting a team-high .323 with three home runs and eight RBIs.
Junior outfielder Matt Smith (.313, 10 hits, 2 HRs), junior Ryan Walstad (.308, 7 runs, 3 2Bs), and sophomore reliever Travis Martizia (2-0, 1 Sv, tourn.-high 10.2 IP, 0.00 ERA) were also named to the team.
Reggie Reaches 400
To make Sunday's championship win for Sacramento State even more special, the win was also career win number 400 for head coach Reggie Christiansen. Christiansen reached the milestone in what is his 14th season as a head coach and is 400-389 as a head coach, including 389-361 at the Div. I level (13 seasons).
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