Nogosek Saves Oregon’s 7-6 Victory Over
By Editor Rick Cabral
Stephen Nogosek (Woodcreek High) earned his
10th save of the season Wednesday night as Oregon
(18-16) held on to defeat No. 10 Oregon State (26-11) 7-6 at PK Park in
With the win, the Ducks snap a four-game losing
streak which began with their midweek loss to the Beavers, followed by a weekend sweep at
The Ducks blew open the contest by scoring seven runs in
the second inning. Oregon State chipped away at the deficit by scoring three runs in the third
inning and two more in the fifth.
Courtesy Oregon State Athletics
When Nogosek took the mound in the ninth the Ducks clung
to a two-run lead. The junior struck out the first hitter, then allowed a walk which ignited the
Beavers comeback hopes. Christian Donohue rifled a single to right field, but Ducks’ right
fielder Jakob Goldfarb allowed the ball to stream through his legs and roll to the
fence, allowing the runner to score and narrow the margin to 7-6. Donohue, standing at third
with one out, represented the tying run.
Pac-12 television announcer Ted Robinson was already
talking about the prospect of “free baseball” (i.e. extra innings) when Nick Madrigal (Elk Grove
High) stepped to the plate. Madrigal, who was 2-for-4 on the night and flashing a .358 average
entering the contest, battled Nogosek in a 2013 high school playoff classic en route to the
Herd’s section crown.
After a long at-bat, Nogosek got Madrigal to pop-up to
first base, stranding the runner. Then the right-hander
struck out Oregon State catcher Logan Ice for the third out to preserve the
With that performance Nogosek notched his
10th save and lowered his earned run average to 1.11. His ERA would place him
among the Top 10 rankings in Division 1, except his 24.1 innings do not meet the minimum
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HORNETS RALLY FOR 5-4 WIN OVER FRESNO STATE IN
(Sac State Media
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Trailing 4-2 with two out in the ninth inning
freshman Matt Smith (El Dorado High) delivered a 2-run single to tie the
score, and with two out in the bottom of the 11th junior Gunner Pollman delivered an RBI single to give Sacramento
State a 5-4 win over Fresno State on Wednesday night at Raley Field.
The game started out as a pitcher's duel and was scoreless into the seventh inning, with junior
Tanner Olson throwing six scoreless innings for the Hornets and allowing just four hits and no
Sacramento State (25-15) improved to 5-0 in extra-inning games this season
with its third walk-off victory of the year. The Hornets trailed Fresno State (26-16) 4-1
going to the bottom of the eighth inning but scored one run in the eighth, two in the ninth,
and the game winner in the 11th inning.
The Hornets currently are tied for first place in the Western Athletic
Conference with Seattle University at 12-3. Sacramento State has four more conference series
remaining, including this weekend's visit to third-place New Mexico State (Saturday's
game is televised--check your listings). That will be followed by a home series vs.
Utah Valley (May 6), Grand Canyon (May 13, away) and final series of the season against
rival Seattle (May 19, home).
Scattered in between are mid-week games against U.C. Davis (May 3, away and
May 10, home) and UOP (May 17, home).
Cats roll to fourth straight win on Williamson's Career Day
new high for River Cats outfielder, one off franchise mark
(River Cats Media
TACOMA, CA – The
offense continued to fire on all cylinders Sunday afternoon as the River Cats won their fourth
straight, beating the Tacoma Rainiers 10-5. Rain sent both teams home early, but not before
Sacramento outfielder Mac Williamson set a new career high for RBI in a single game, leading the
River Cats to their fourth straight win.
wasted no time getting on the board in Sunday’s matinee contest, with Williamson roping a
two-run double into the right-center gap to give the River Cats an early first-inning lead. The
two-run double was one of two on the afternoon for Williamson, who crushed a bases-loaded double
to straightaway center in the top half of the third. Sandwiched between those hits was a
second-inning two-run single. RBI number seven for the afternoon came in the top of the fifth
inning on a sacrifice fly to right field. With the 3-for-3 performance, Williamson’s average for
the season with Sacramento is now .385.
previous career high for RBI in a single game was six, which he set last season on August 17 in
an 11-0 nothing win over the visiting Round Rock Express. He beat that mark in just five innings
today, as rain caused the game to be called after the top of the sixth inning. Mac’s seven RBI
are one shy of the River Cats franchise mark, set by Dan Johnson in 2004. Johnson hit .299 with
29 home runs with 111 RBI that season as Sacramento went on to win the PCL
The rest of the
offense was on point behind Williamson, as well, and Sacramento totaled 10 hits in the game.
Ryan Lollis, who entered today’s game with a career .426 batting average against Tacoma, was
1-for-2 with a walk, a hit by pitch, and three runs scored. Gorkys Hernandez collected three
hits from the leadoff spot and also scored three times while Grant Green put together his third
multi-hit game of the season. As a team, Sacramento is now hitting .261, sixth-best in the
Pacific Coast League.
picked up the win for Sacramento, improving his record to 2-2. The right-hander got off to a
rocky start, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk in the bottom of the first, but settled
in nicely, allowing just one more Tacoma run over the next four innings. He finished his
afternoon going five innings with five earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out
entered this series trailing the division-leading Rainiers by 7.5 games in the standings. With
back-to-back wins against Tacoma, the River Cats now sit just 3.5 out of first place and just a
half game back of the third place Reno Aces.
SACRAMENTO STATE BEATS UTRGV 5-3 IN 15 INNINGS IN CONCLUSION OF SUSPENDED
(Sac State Media Relations)
EDINBURG, Texas – After UT
Rio Grande Valley was able to tie the game with a run in the bottom of the 13th the Hornets scored
twice in the top of the 15th and were able to complete a 5-3 win in the resumption of Saturday's
suspended game on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday night
Sacramento State (24-15, 12-3 WAC) held a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 13th but the Vaqueros
loaded the bases with none out when the rain started to fall and the game was suspended. The first
UT Rio Grande Valley (18-18, 7-5 WAC) batter upon resumption, junior Austin Oakes, singled up the
middle to bring in the tying run.
With the potential winning
run on third and nobody out, Hornet junior Tanner Olson got a fielder's choice groundball to third,
an infield popup, and a fly out to right field to send the game to the 14th
Both teams went down in
order in the 14th, but in the 15th inning pitcher Sam Long, who had entered the game as the right
fielder in the 13th inning and made three catches, led off with a single to left field for his
first career hit. Senior Trent Goodrich followed with a sacrifice bunt but the UTRGV third
baseman's throw to first sailed down the right field line and Long scored with Goodrich getting all
the way to third base.
Junior Gunner Pollman
followed with a sharp single to left to bring in Goodrich. In the bottom of the 15th UTRGV got a
two-out double but Olson got the final out to give the Hornets the win as Sacramento State improved
to 4-0 this season in extra-inning games and won its second suspended game of the
The game was tied for the
longest conference game in WAC history, matching a 15-inning win the Hornets had over Seattle U in
2014. It was tied for the second longest game in Hornet program history falling shy of the team's
18-inning marathon at Iowa last year.
When the game started on
Saturday the Hornets took an early lead with two runs in the second inning. Goodrich led off the
inning with a bunt single, senior Jose Egan drew a walk, and junior Brandon Hunley reached on an
infield single to load the bases. Sophomore Dan Deely followed with a 2-run single to put the
Both teams created plenty
of scoring chances in the ensuing innings but no more runs were scored until the 13th. Both teams
had a runner thrown out at the plate in extra innings and the Hornets loaded the bases in both the
11th and 12th innings.
The Hornets were able to
take the lead in the top of the 13th when Goodrich drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a
passed ball, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on an RBI single up the middle by
sophomore Vinny Esposito.
UTRGV opened the bottom of
the 13th with a walk and Loncar followed with a single to right that moved the potential tying run
to third. Correy Davis drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, at which point the umpires
called for the field to be covered.
Senior Grant Kukuk had
another strong start for the Hornets, allowing just two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in
six innings. After a scoreless inning from junior Chad Perry senior closer Tyler Beardsley came on
and ended up pitching five innings, allowing four hits and no runs while throwing 72 pitches. Olson
earned the win allowing just two hits in three innings of work
UT Rio Grande Valley
sophomore starter Robert Quinonez went 10 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits with 10
strikeouts throwing an astounding 136 pitches. Reliever George Lamb took the loss for the Vaqueros
as he allowed the run in the 13th as well as the winning run in the 15th.
Grubbs had his first career
three-hit game, going 3-for-6, while Deely was 3-for-7 with 2 RBIs and Goodrich scored three of the
five Hornet runs. UTRGV had a 14-13 edge in hits and stranded 15 base runners while the Hornets
left 13. The total game time was four hours and 26 minutes.
Sacramento State hosts
Fresno State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Raley Field.
SACRAMENTO STATE BEATS UTRGV 12-3, SECOND GAME OF DH
SUSPENDED IN THE 13th
(Sac State Media Relations)
EDINBURG, Texas – On a day with nearly seven hours of baseball played,
Sacramento State scored a season-high 12 runs in a 12-3 win over UT Rio Grande Valley in the
first game and the Hornets are leading 3-2 in the bottom of the 13th when play was suspended due to rain. Sunday's resumption time will
not be decided until the field is inspected in the morning.
The teams played a doubleheader on Saturday as Sunday's forecast showed
rain, but the showers showed up early and forced play to be halted Saturday night. Sacramento
State (23-15, 11-3 WAC) holds a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 13th but UTRGV (18-17, 7-4 WAC)
loaded the bases with none out when the game was called for the
Senior Chris Lewis and Andrew McWilliam both posted multiple hits in the
first game and each drove in three runs. Vinny Esposito (Granite Bay High) had three hits
with one RBI in the opening contest.
The Hornets lost the first game on Friday 3-2. So, if the suspended game is
resumed today, it literally will act as the "rubber match" between these two conference
River Cats Take Game 4 and Series from 51s Behind
Blackburn and Williamson
Sacramento starter Clayton Blackburn (1-1) pitched
brilliantly last night on a cool night allowing five hits, two walks and just one earned run
over eight-plus innings as the River Cats defeated Las Vegas
3-1 to capture the series.
In his first game back after being optioned by the
parent club to Sacramento outfielder Mac Williamson blasted two mammoth solo home runs, both
estimated at 418 feet.
The River Cats (5-11), who managed just six hits, played
error-free defense and turned three double plays. This was their first series win of
the season and the team now heads out on the road.
Behind Cumberland Blues,
Cal Downs Stanford
by Editor Rick
Brett Cumberland drove in
three runs tonight at Evans Diamond to lead No. 18 Cal
(22-11) to a 5-2 non-conference win over Stanford (19-12) at Evans Diamond in
Dodson (Jesuit) closed the game with a
perfect ninth inning for his third save of the season.
In the third inning,
Cumberland homered from the right side against Stanford starter John Hochstatter to give Cal a
1-0 lead. It was Cumberland's conference-leading 11th home run. One out later, first baseman
Nick Halamandaris hit a long home run (his third)
that nearly cleared the track stadium wall in right field to make it 2-0
Stanford chiseled away and
scored single runs in the fifth and sixth inning to tie the game at
In the Bears sixth frame,
Aaron Knapp (Granite Bay) tripled and later scored on Brian
Celsi's (Jesuit) sacrifice fly to take the lead 3-2. Two batters later, with two Bears
on base, Cumberland--batting from the left side--drilled a
double down the right field line to give Cal a 5-2 lead.
Erik Martinez (3-1), who
quelled the Cardinal rally in the sixth, picked up the win with 1.2 innings of hitless ball. He
struck out two and walked one.
Martinez, who had been Cal's
closer until last week, appears to have lost the job to Dodson, who had been used as a Tuesday
night starter in recent weeks.
Tigers Come Back to Beat Hornets
by Editor Rick Cabral
University of the Pacific (16-18) broke open a tie game by scoring
three runs in the seventh inning, defeating Sacramento State (22-14) by a score of 6-3 at Klein
Family Field in Stockton.
Sacramento State saw its four-game winning streak come to an end while Pacific picked up its sixth
The Tigers touched reliever Jonny Palsha (0-1) for three runs in the
seventh inning with Nate Verlin knocking in one run and Lucas Halstead two
That, after Sacramento State scored three earned runs in the first
two innings off starter Taylor Johnson.
Chris Lewis continued his hot steak with a leadoff
double to start the game.
In the first inning, leadoff hitter Chris Lewis—the current
WAC Hitter of the Week—doubled off the left field fence, moved to third on Bronson Grubbs’
blooper over first base, and scored on Matt Smith’s sacrifice fly. Kody Reynolds followed with a
hot smash to give the Hornets runners at second and first base.
But Johnson got Trent Goodridge to ground into a double play to end a
In State’s second frame, Brandon Hunley reached on an infield error
with one out and took second on a balk. Dan Deely doubled home Hunley, and then scored on
Goodrich’s RBI single.
Johnson bore down and struck out the hot-hitting Lewis, and got
Grubbs to end the rally on a pop up. At that time Sacramento State led 3-0, but from then on the
Hornets’ bats went cold, while the Tigers heated up.
Pacific scored solo runs in the second, fifth and sixth
In the second Halstead knocked in Verlin to make it 3-1. In the
fifth, Joey Mejia reached first on a throwing error by Deely, the third baseman. Jimmy Boras
(Jesuit) singled and Mejia took third base.
With Dylan Robertson at bat, Tigers skipper Mike Neu put on a
double-steal play. Hornets catcher Gunner Pollman gunned down Boras at second base, but Hunley’s
return throw was high and late, as Mejia slid under Pollman’s swipe tag for the Tigers’ second
The caught-stealing was Gunner's 19th of the season, leading all WAC catchers.
Hornets starter Tanner Olson allowed three (two earned) runs over 5.1 innings in the
In the Tigers’ sixth—after Johnson retired Sacramento in order—Olson
allowed back-to-back singles to UOP hitters, Danny Mayer and Gio Brusa (St. Mary’s of Stockton).
With Mayer on third, Olson struck out the next hitter, and had an 0-2 count on Verlin, who then
knocked in Mayer with a fielder’s choice to tie the game 3-3.
To start the seventh inning, Neu sent to the mound the most
euphonious-sounding pitcher on the West Coast: Fineas Del Monta-Smith. The freshman
right-hander (4-2) allowed just one hit, but whitewashed
the Hornets in his one inning to earn the victory. UOP broke the deadlock and scored those three
runs in the home half of the frame.
Vince Arobio pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save
of the year.
UOP had 13 hits in the game. Halstead was the Tigers’ leading batter
(3-for-4 with 3 RBI), and Brusa, who had a terrific weekend series against Portland, raised his
average to .341 with two more safeties.
State, which had seven hits, was led by Deely who went
Hornets get another shot at UOP when they host the Tigers on May 17. Meantime, Reggie
Christiansen’s squad goes on the road for a series against WAC member University of
After 5+ innings, Hornets' starter Tanner Olson
exited with the game tied 3-3.
Pac-12 Announced All-Century Baseball
A 36-member blue ribbon panel selected the Pac-12 All-Century Baseball Team, it was announced
last night on the Pac-12 Network’s ‘Sports Report.’
The panel cast ballots for 20 infielders/outfielders, 10 pitchers as well as Pitcher, Player and
Coach of the Century.
Prior was named Pitcher of the Century,
Washington State’s John G.
Olerud earned Player of the Century
honors and USC’s legendary manager Raoul “Rod”
Dedeaux was selected as the Coach of the
Arizona State led all schools with seven members, followed by USC and UCLA with six, Stanford with
four and Oregon State and Arizona with two. Cal, Washington and Washington State each had one
player selected. In all, eight decades are represented – 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s,
The sole local player to
be tabbed to the Pac-12 All-Century Team
Pedroia of Woodland. Pedroia starred at
shortstop for Arizona State.
Mark Prior pitching for Stanford at Cal's Evans Diamond
Photo by Rick Cabral.
Prior was named
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Century after establishing himself as one of the most dominating pitchers in
college baseball history. The hard throwing right-hander won 25 games and averaged 11.5 strikeouts
with just 2.1 walks per nine innings in his Trojan career. In 2001, he was only the second
collegian ever to sweep every National Player of the Year award and was the first Trojan to win the
Golden Spikes Award while going 15-1 with a 1.69 ERA and notching a Pac-10 record 202 strikeouts
with just 18 walks. He helped USC to College World Series trips both of his seasons. The Chicago
Cubs made him the No. 2 overall pick of the 2001 MLB Draft and he pitched for them for five seasons
(2002-06), including being named to the 2003 All-Star team. He then spent time in the minors before
the toll of various arm and shoulder injuries ended his career in
Pac-12 Player of the Year honors after re-writing the WSU record books as both a pitcher and first
baseman. In 1988, he became the only pitcher in NCAA history to win 15 games and hit 20 home runs
as he was 15-0 and hit 23 that year. He was named College Athlete of the Year by Baseball America.
He still holds numerous WSU records, including career batting average at .434 and single season
batting average at .464. On the mound, Olerud was 26-4 and posted a 3.17 ERA while throwing 241.1
innings over his three seasons. During his career he set two Pac-10 records and 10 Pac-10 North
marks. Prior to his senior season, Olerud signed a contract with Toronto and went directly to the
Major Leagues. In 1993, he became the first Blue Jay to win a batting title, hitting .363, and
became just the ninth MLB player since 1900 to collect 200 hits and walk 100 times. Olerud played
for Toronto, the New York Mets and Yankees, Seattle and Boston during his 17-year career. He is a
member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award,
given annually by the College Baseball Hall of Fame, was named in his
Dedeaux was selected as Coach of the Century after ending his career
as the winningest baseball coach in NCAA Division I-A history with a 1,332-571-11 (.669) record
over 45 years (1942-86).
To read the complete roster, visit the Pac-12 Baseball
Michael Conforto appeared in Sacramento for two games against Sacramento State in
2014. This one was at Raley Field. Nick Madrigal, then a junior
for Elk Grove High, already was sporting his OSU cap. He is seen seated behind the
visitor's dugout. Madrigal is now a freshman infielder for the Beavers.
Photo by Rick Cabral.
HORNETS O-F LEWIS NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE
(Sac State Media Relations)
DENVER - Sacramento State
senior outfielder Chris Lewis was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC)
Hitter of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Lewis was 11-for-17 (.647)
with 8 RBIs and 5 runs scored over the week. He had multiple hits in each of the four games,
including a trio of three-hit games.
He drove in all four
Sacramento State runs in Sunday's 4-1 win over Chicago State, had three RBIs on Tuesday at Nevada,
and scored three times on Saturday.
The award is the first for the Hornets'
offense this season. Sacramento State also has one WAC Pitcher of the Week
honor this year as junior Sam Long earned that accolade on March 28.
Editor Rick Cabral
Hornets Score 10, Shut Out Cougars Behind
"Karnos the Magnificent"
Max Karnos threw a three-hit shutout and was supported
by a thumping offense as Sacramento State (21-13) throttled Chicago State (7-27) 10-0 in an
eight-inning mercy game.
Max Karnos Tossed a Shutout
The Hornets played airtight defense behind Karnos (3-2),
notching four infield double plays and nailing an attempted steal for the second straight
Then there was the Hornets offense, which had a
season-high 16 hits, including three home runs.
Sacramento came out of the gate blasting when Chris
Lewis and Trent Goodrich hit back-to-back doubles off Cougars starter Justin Wyatt (1-8),
resulting in the Hornets’ first run.
Beginning with the fourth inning, the home team scored
at least one run every frame, including three runs in the seventh when Brandon Hunley (Christian
Brothers) knocked in Kody Reynolds with a two-run homer, and the team scored again on a
McWilliam Watches His First Home
Andrew McWilliam hit solo home runs in the fourth and
eighth innings, the latter making it 10-0, which ended the game due to the 10-run mercy
Chicago State opened the game with an infield hit off
the pitcher. Two batters later, Karnos induced a double
the second, Karnos walked two batters with one out, but Julian Russell grounded to Goodrich
at shortstop, who stepped on the bag and threw out the runner at first for another double
In the fifth, Russell walked. With two outs he attempted
to steal second base, but catcher Gunner Pollman—for the second straight game—caught the runner
with a perfect throw to end the inning.
Gunner Pollman Maneuvers Around No. 5 Malik
Throw Out a Runner At Second Base.
Leading the Hornets hitters was Hunley and Lewis, who
both went 3-for-4. Five others had a pair of safeties, as Sacramento State mauled Chicago State
pitchers, who came into the series with a 6.62 earned run
According to Andrew Tomsky, the Hornets media guru, the home-towners went 5-for-10 in
the game with two outs, and had a season-high 27 total bases. With his two round-trippers,
McWilliam had the team's first multi-homer game of the year and just the 73rd in the program's
Div. I era.
Sacramento, which is now 9-2 in Western Athletic
Conference play—will go for the sweep tomorrow. With the loss, the Cougars fell to 1-10 in
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Celsi and Knapp Lead Cal to 8-4 11 Inning Win Over Sun
Brian Celsi’s 11th inning home run gave
Cal a 5-4 lead, and
No. 15 Golden Bears (21-10, 9-5
three more times to win 8-4 and even the series at Arizona State.
Celsi (Jesuit), who missed several games due to an
injury sustained when jumped over the right field fence to prevent a home run at Oregon,
had a big day against the Sun Devils. Batting in the ninth position, he went 3-for-5 with two
runs scored, a triple and one RBI.
Centerfielder Aaron Knapp (Granite Bay
High) went 4-for-6 with two RBI. Knapp, a junior, also had a
Tanner Dodson (Jesuit) earned his second save by pitching a
shutout 11th inning for California.
Hornets Hold Off Chicago State
By Editor Rick Cabral
Southpaws Jake Perkins of Chicago State and Sam Long of
Sacramento State locked into a pitcher’s duel for five innings, but the Hornets rebounded and
held on to win 5-4 in the first of a three-game series at John Smith
Both pitchers were superb through three innings, each
allowing only one hit. Perkins appeared more dominant, blowing away Hornets’ hitters with
90-mile-per-hour fastballs. He fanned four during that span.
Sacramento State’s Dan Dealy placed a perfect bunt down
the third base line for the Hornets first hit in the third inning.
In the top of the fourth, Chicago State bunched four
straight singles to take a 2-0 lead, courtesy of runs batted in by Sanford Hunt and Julian
Russell. The way this club came out raking, you couldn't tell Long Chicago
State was the worst hitting lineup in all of NCAA Division 1, with a .207 team
Perkins, meanwhile, was stingy and didn’t
allow the Hornets a run until the bottom of the fifth. Junior Brandon Hunley (Christian
Brothers) launched a fly ball to the right field foul poll for a double. Hunley scored on
Bronson Grubbs’ RBI single through the left side to cut the deficit to
By the Hornets’ sixth, Perkins (2-5) was beginning to
miss high and low, and Sacramento State made him pay.
Senior Chris Lewis led off with a single. Then Perkins
walked Trent Goodrich. The runners advanced on a wild pitch. Freshman Matt Smith (El Dorado
High) lofted a sacrifice fly down the right field line that scored Lewis with the tying run and
moved Goodrich to third base.
Andrew McWilliam drilled a single through the left side,
plating Goodrich, and the Hornets took the lead 3-2. Kody Reynolds then hit what appeared to be
a double-play ball to shortstop, but McWilliam was safe as the umpire ruled the Cougars’ second
baseman pulled his foot off the bag. In actuality, it looked like the runner was out courtesy of
the “old neighborhood play.” But that ruling continued the rally and the Hornets
Junior Gunner Pollman lined a double down the left field
line, scoring McWilliam which gave Sacramento State a 4-2 lead.
Jonny Palsha came in to relieve for Long (4-5), who
allowed six hits and two earned runs in his six innings to claim the victory. Palsha allowed one
walk while shutting out the Cougars in his frame.
Meantime, Sacramento State added an insurance run in the
seventh inning against Perkins’ brother, Josh, a right-handed pitcher. He issued a lead-off walk
to Dealy, who took second base on a passed ball. When Dealy attempted to steal third with two
outs, it appeared he’d be caught red-handed. But Cougars’ catcher Andy Gertonson’s throw sailed
into left field, and Dealy scampered home with the Hornets fifth run.
Good thing, too, as Chicago State scored two runs in the
top of the eighth off reliever Chad Perry to make it 5-4. The big play in that frame was a
sacrifice bunt by Russell who appeared to beat Perry’s throw to first base, but was called out
for the second out of the inning.
Hornets' head coach Reggie Christiansen brought in
closer Tyler Beardsley, who got the next hitter to ground out, stranding the Cougars potential
tying run on second base.
In the top of the ninth Beardsley allowed a one-out
single to Cody Grosse. Chicago State’s next hitter attempted a sacrifice bunt and flew out to
first base. And on the next pitch Grosse was thrown out trying to steal second base by Hornets’
catcher Gunner Pollman, notching his 17th picked runner of the year. Beardsley earned his seventh save of the
Although the Cougars outhit the Hornets (9-8), the
visitors managed only singles, while the home team had a pair of
With the win, Sacramento State (20-13, 8-2 WAC) remains
undefeated (7-0) at home in conference play.
The Hornets will host Chicago State (7-26, 1-9 WAC)
tomorrow afternoon in a 1 o’clock start.