Hawks Travel to Stockton to
Tangle with Near-Perfect Mustangs
PLACE ON THE LINE IN IN BIG-8 CONFERENCE
by Editor, Rick
There’s a big community
college matchup in Stockton today, as Delta hosts Cosumnes River College in the final regular
series of the season.
Delta leads the state with
a 31-1 overall record and has clinched the Big-8 Conference championship with a 17-1 mark.
Cosumnes River, which nipped Sac City 8-7 on Friday to improve to 12-6, is tied with Santa Rosa
for second place.
On Friday Delta beat Diablo
Valley 1-0 as Colin Theroux knocked in Jacob Thomas on a first inning fielder’s choice and
pitcher Rick Delgado through a three-hit shutout to claim the Mustangs’ 31st victory. Delgado,
who struck out nine while walking one, is now 7-0.
But that nail-biter wasn't
as harrowing as it once might have been. Two weekends
ago Sacramento City College pasted the Mustangs 7-1 at Cecchetti Field with their first
loss of the season.
Delta had won its first 28
games, and are ranked No. 1 in the nation by Perfect Game (perfectgame.org).
Starting for Delta today is
lefthander Cameron Leeper (Grant High), who is second in the state with a
perfect 11-0 record and tied for first with 91 strikeouts. His 1.59 earned run average is third
best among California CC pitchers, as is his 10.32 strikeout-per-game ratio. Teammate Dean
Kremer is 9-0 with a 1.82 ERA.
The Mustangs' only Top
10 conference hitter is Kris Bartlett (.333). As a team they’re hitting .272, tied for
second in the Big-8.
By contrast, the Hawks .311
team batting average leads the Big-8 as they claim six of the Top 10 hitters with Alex Fitchett
(.361), Trevor Ray (.348), Andre Gregory (.344), Nico Toni (.336), Tyler Blake and Devin
Pettengill (both .333).
This is big game and
should be a good 'un.
Duvall Tabbed PCL Hitter of
the Week (Ending Apr. 19)
Adam Duvall, Sacramento
(.457/.480/.870, 11 G, 21-for-46, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 11 R, 3 BB, 12 K)
Giants farmhand Adam
Duvall—who last night became the first River Cats player to hit for the cycle—was named Pacific
Coast League Hitter of the Week today.
River Cats' Adam Duvall
Yesterday, Duvall went
5-for-6 with two doubles, a triple and a homer, while batting in four
The Giants' No. 19 prospect sits atop the PCL in hits (21), homers (four), slugging percentage
(.870) and OPS (1.350) and ranks in the top three in average (.457, second), RBI (14, second) and
runs (11, tied for third).
Last season at Fresno,
Duvall was two ticks shy of batting .300 while hitting 27 home runs and 90 RBI in 91 games and
359 at bats. His slugging percentage was .599.
By comparison the Cubs
All-World rookie Kris Bryant, who played 70 games and 297 innings at Triple-A Iowa last season,
batted .295 with 21 home runs, 52 RBI and a slugging percentage of .691. On Friday, the Cubs
brought up Bryant to the majors where he is now their everyday third baseman.
Duvall Hits For First Cycle In River Cats History
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –Sacramento River Cats third basemen and clean-up hitter Adam Duvall hit for
the first cycle in River Cats franchise history in a 15-7 rout of the Salt Lake Bees Sunday
afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake.
Duvall was 5-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs on the afternoon.
SACRAMENTO STATE POWERS PAST CSU BAKERSFIELD 7-4 IN SERIES FINALE
(Sac State Media Relations)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Freshman first baseman Vinny Esposito hit a pair of home runs and junior
Nathan Lukes went 4-for-4 and reached base five times to ignite the Hornet offense in a 7-4 win
over CSU Bakersfield in the series finale.
Sacramento State (20-18, 8-7 WAC) totaled seven extra base hits among its 13 knocks in the game
after being held scoreless in the first two games of the series. Sophomore Justin Dillon also threw
five strong innings in the win, which snapped a nine-game winning streak for CSU Bakersfield
(22-15-1, 10-4-1 WAC).
"I was proud of how we bounced back," Sacramento Sate head coach Reggie Christiansen said. "I
thought yesterday was kind of a low point in the season for us and it was important for our guys to
come back out here on Sunday and salvage the series. I was proud of the effort we gave and we
talked after the game that its one thing to do it once but we need to find a way to be more
Esposito had his first career multi-homer game, hitting a two-run home run to left in the fifth
inning and blasting a solo shot off the scoreboard in the seventh. He has hit three home runs in
his last five games with a team-high five homers overall this year.
Sophomore Brandon Hunley and junior Chris Lewis also had two-hit games on Sunday as the Hornets got
contributions throughout the lineup. Hunley's two hits were a double and an RBI triple and
sophomore Gunner Pollman also had a double. Lukes recorded his fourth career four-hit game and his
second of the season, doubling twice and also drawing a walk to reach base in all five of his
Sacramento State matched its season high of seven extra-base hits a week after scoring 13 runs on
seven extra-base hits last Sunday at Utah Valley. CSU Bakersfield's starting pitchers in the first
two games of the series held the Hornets scoreless on just six singles before the bats came alive
Dillon allowed just four hits and one run over five innings to match sophomore Sam Long with a
team-high five wins. Senior Ty Nichols allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in three innings
before junior closer Sutter McLoughlin finished the game in a non-save situation.
Sacramento State will play two midweek games in the coming week, playing at San Francisco at 2 p.m.
Tuesday before hosting Fresno State at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday night at Raley Field.
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Aggies Drop Game 6-3 and Series to UC Irvine
(UC Davis Media Relations)
IRVINE, Calif. --
A three-run fourth inning erased a two-run deficit for host UC Irvine, and the No. 19 Anteaters
stranded 11 UC Davis baserunners on the day, rallying to win the series with a 6-3 victory over the
Aggies in the finale on Sunday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.
Despite collecting 10 hits -- four of those going for extra bases -- UC Davis fell to 21-16-1
overall and 5-7 in Big West Conference action. UC Irvine improved to 23-13 and 10-2 with the
Senior Nick Lynch finished with a game-high three hits, while Tino Lipson was 2-for-5 with a double, notching his fourth consecutive
multi-hit game. Senior catchr Izaak Silva, who also finished with a pair of hits, extended his
hitting streak to a team-high eight games.
Starter Max Cordy (McClatchy) gave up three earned runs in less than four innings of work, taking
his second loss of the season. He is now 7-2 on the year.
The Aggies won the first game of the series on Friday 8-3, then dropped a 12-inning game 4-3
UC Davis takes a break from Big West play next week, hosting San Jose State in a non-conference
mid-week contest on Tuesday (April 21) at 2:30 p.m., before taking on former league rival Pacific
in a three-game series beginning on Friday (April 24) at 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.