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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Sacramento State got off to a hot start Saturday night as the Hornets rolled past the University of British Columbia, 9-5, in the semifinal round of the 2019 Collegiate Baseball Classic. With the win, the Hornets advance to the tournament's championship game on Sunday, August 18 against Keio University. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. PT and live stats will be available from UBC Baseball online

The Hornets, who came into Saturday's semifinal contest as the tournament's number two seed, got off to an early start against the host Thunderbirds. Sacramento State scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a Dawsen Bacho sacrifice fly and a Steven Moretto double. Trevor Doyle made it 3-0 in the second, scoring on a UBC error. 

Sacramento State blew the game wide open in the fifth inning, scoring six times to make it a 9-0 ballgame. The big hit of the game came off the bat of newcomer Chris Gonzalez, who slugged a grand slam out to right field, capping the inning and giving the Hornets a nine run lead.

His slam proved to be the difference in the game as UBC rallied late for five runs before the Hornets clinched the 9-5 win. 

On the mound, starter Parker Brahms and Scott Randall combined for five shutout innings, striking out five while allowing just two hits and no walks.

Today's player blog is provided by a pitcher who did not take the mound Saturday night, but is expected to take the mound many times this season, Stone Churby. Get the inside look at today's semifinal win from Stone below! 

August 17

Saturday started like every day here so far, with breakfast in the dining commons. I had the usual, a plate of potatoes, waffles, and toast and I ate with some of our players and coaches. The main difference with today from other days was that there was no planned activity in the middle of the day. Every day here so far has been filled with either practice, games, sightseeing, team-building activities, and more. While all of that has been really something exciting and special, today was a good change of pace as we were all able to relax and prepare accordingly for our semifinal game against UBC.

Michael Birch and I walked around campus today in between breakfast and lunch. We saw really cool buildings and even a blue whale skeleton on display in one of them. The UBC campus is massive and really pretty considering you can see the ocean from one of the campus gardens.

After lunch in the dining commons, I went to see our trainer Erin to get my normal treatment before game days. After crushing some coffee, we were on our way to the field for our 6:30 game against UBC.

Tonight was definitely one of the coldest nights here so far, but despite that, our guys were able to pull out the 9-5 victory. The win advances us to the championship game and the Hornets continue to stay extremely hot in elimination games. 

The championship game tomorrow will be against Keio University and should be pretty exciting. We played to a 0-0 tie against Keio in pool play in our first game here. Should make for a good championship between two good teams. 

- Stone Churby


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Day 5 Player Blog - Steven Moretto
Day 4 Player Blog - Connor Sparks

Day 3 Play Blog - Nick Tabura
Day 2 Player Blog - Dawsen Bacho
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