Palsha Is Top Reliever
Junior Alex Palsha ranks second
in the NCAA allowing just 4.35 hits per nine innings. He also leads the WAC and is tied for 10th in
the NCAA with 25 appearances and has a WAC-best 1.34 ERA this season, pitching in a variety of mid
to late-game situations and being mostly unhittable. He is 4-0 and has two saves over 40.1 innings
of relief, allowing just 19 hits and six earned runs this season with a .144 opponent batting
average. The team has not played more than two consecutive contests without Palsha taking the mound
and he has thrown as many as three innings on two occasions. In WAC play he has allowed just two
earned runs and five hits in 16.1 innings, holding hitters to a .093 average.
Palsha, a transfer from College
of San Mateo, was tabbed Second Team all-Golden Gate Conference in 2013. He made 11
starts and struck out 46 with a 4.19 ERA at CSM.
Notes--Oregon State Locals
In reviewing the
Career Records at Oregon State, two locals remain high on the lists.
Ken Forsch, who prepped at Johnson High, played at Sacramento City, and pitched
for the Beavers from 1967-1968 is 4th on the Earned Run Average list with a 2.12 ERA. Starter
sophomore Andrew Moore is currently in third place with a 2.08 ERA, but he'll no doubt move up or
down with more innings as he continues his career.
Danny Hayes (Jesuit High) played from 2010-2013 and amassed 45 doubles, good for
second on the list. Junior Dylan Davis is one behind with 44, and will make a run at the career
record of 49. Hayes, drafted in the 13th Round last year by the Chicago White Sox, is playing
in the South Atlantic League on the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Conforto, with four hits in Monday's game at Raley Field, now totals 208 hits for his career, just
30 shy of the school record held by Darwin Barney, who played on three College World Series teams
in 2005-2007--the latter two of which claimed the CWS crown. Conforto now has 164 runs batted
in for his three-year career, just nine shy of the school record.
Davis and Conforto
played on the same high school team in Redmond, Washington.
Tomsky, the Hornets media relations guy, confirmed yesterday that Sac State’s win over Oregon
State at Raley Field on Monday was the biggest win in the program’s Division I history as the
Beavers came in ranked #4 by USA/Coaches Poll and #5 by Baseball America (which is our
win reminded us of a game at Hornet Field against Stanford--nearly 10 years ago to the day,
April 24, 2004. The Cardinal, ranked in the Top 10 at the time with a 31-5 record, had been to
the College World Series five consecutive seasons. It was loaded with future pros including Sam
Fuld, John Mayberry, Jr., Danny Putnam and Jed Lowrie, the Oakland A’s current shortstop.
Hornets’ starting pitcher Ethan Katz went the distance and the crowd of 504 was on its feet as
he closed out a 2-1 masterpiece.
Monday’s win over the Beavers—who have at least two top 2014 draft picks in Michael Conforto
and Dylan Davis—now takes top shelf.
Beavers Paddle Hornets 8-1 on “Green
by Editor Rick
Despite this being
“Green Army Day” at Hornet Field this afternoon, the stands were awash in orange and black. And,
no, the Giants weren’t in town.
But the Oregon State
Beavers (28-8) were and their fans followed.
Along with a flock of
scouts obviously there to watch the Beavers All-American Michael Conforto, who last night went
4-for-4 with a two-run blast over the right field wall at Raley Field in the 7-6 loss to the
Hornets. The junior left fielder is considered by many to be the best collegiate bat in the 2014
This time the nation’s
number-five ranked collegiate team took care of business beating Sacramento State (25-16) 8-1
behind the pitching and hitting of junior Dylan Davis.
In the top of the
first inning Conforto walked, bringing up Davis, the Beavers’ cleanup hitter. Davis blasted
southpaw Sam Long’s offering against the parking structure to give himself a 2-0
Two innings later with
pitcher Dallas Chadwick on in relief of Long, Davis knocked in two more runs with a single to
put Oregon State ahead 4-0.
Oregon State's Dylan Davis did it with his bat and arm today.
The junior belted a 2-run homer in the first inning, and pitched four innings
of one-hit ball against the Hornets at John Smith Field.
In just his second
outing of the year, Davis—normally the team’s right fielder—pitched 4.1 innings, allowing just
one hit and no runs. But the 6-foot right-hander walked four, hit two batters, and struck out
three while topping out at 95 mph on the radar gun.
left-hander Zach Reser came on in relief of Davis in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and
Hornets’ Rhys Hoskins (Jesuit) at the plate. Hoskins struck out looking and David Del Grande
tapped out to end the inning. Reser worked four-plus innings for the win.
Chandler Eden of Yuba City was brought in for the last out, throwing one pitch to end the
ballgame. Eden last pitched on March 29 against Arizona. In nine appearances this year, he has
thrown 7.2 innings for a 7.04 ERA. Locals will remember the last time Eden was on the
mound--he tossed a no-hitter against Benicia as the Honkers took the Division III
Section Title game at Sacramento City College.
Oregon State pitchers
limited the Hornets to five hits all afternoon, with Scotty Burcham getting a pair, and slugger
Hoskins impressing with a solo shot in the eighth inning to break up the Beavers’ shutout.
Sacramento State made three errors on the day.
Rhys Hoskins hit his eighth home run of the season for the
Hornets only run
in the 8-1 loss to Oregon State.
Long was saddled with
his first loss of the season and drops to 5-1 on the year. Another downside for the Hornets this
afternoon: leadoff hitter Nathan Lukes (Center High) went hitless, ending his hitting streak at
Today’s 903 attendance
easily was the best crowd of the season at John Smith Field. Sacramento State held “Green Army
Day” where students wore specially branded “Green Army” T-shirts, ate BBQ ribs and side dishes,
while working on their tans in the stands.
Also in attendance
today was Giants Senior Vice President/GM Brian Sabean, who must have felt at home among the sea
of orange and black in the stands.
The Giants General Manager Brian Sabean (left) watched the
game today at John Smith Field.
River's sweep of Sacramento City last week, the Big-8 standings underwent a major
Back at the top is
Delta College with a 12-6 record. One game behind are three teams: Santa Rosa, Sierra and Cosumnes
River. Now in fifth place is Sac City with a 10-8 record.
will become clearer after this weeks' matchups, as Delta is visiting CSR today, while Santa
Rosa plays at Sierra. Sacramento City goes to Modesto.
Hornets Win 7-6
Thriller Over No.5 Oregon State at Raley Field
by Editor Rick
Tonight, No.5-ranked Oregon State found out what the Hornets’ Mid-Week
Magic is all about at Raley Field.
Oregon State and Sacramento State under the lights at Raley
Field where the Hornets prevailed 7-6.
Losing 6-1 after two
innings, the Hornets chipped away and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a single
by Scotty Burcham that scored Rhys Hoskins (Jesuit).
With closer Sutter
McLoughlin on the mound in the ninth inning, Oregon State All-American Michael Conforto singled
up the middle, placing the tying run on base. McLoughlin fanned cleanup hitter Dylan Davis on
three straight pitches, and got the next two hitters to pop out to end the threat. The sophomore
pitcher from Rio Americano earned his third win of the season, allowing one hit while striking
The Hornets banged out 16
hits to nine for the Beavers. Burcham and Kyle Moses led the offense by going 3-for-5 with
one RBI apiece. Freshman Brandon Hunley (Christian Brothers) went 3-for-4.
Meantime, after starter
Justin Dillon (El Dorado High) gave up six earned runs on four hits after two innings, the
Hornets relief corps silenced the Beavers. Hunter Greenwood (2 innings), Brennan Leitao (2
innings), Alex Palsha (1 inning) and McLoughlin (2 innings) together allowed the Beavers just
five more hits and no runs over the last seven innings.
OSU head coach Pat
Casey—who hadn’t seen his team play in over a week—went with his Sunday starter Jace Fry, who
came into the game with a team-leading 7-1 record and a 1.68 earned run average.
In the first inning, the
first three Hornets batters reached on singles to load the bases, including Nathan Lukes (Center
High), who extended his hitting streak to a WAC-best 20 games. Cleanup hitter Del Grande
launched a long blow that just missed the fence for a sacrifice fly to cut the Beavers’ lead to
Nathan Lukes kept his hitting streak (20 games
now) tonight with this infield chopper in the first inning.
By the second inning
Oregon State led 6-1, thanks mostly to Conforto, who launched a two-run homer over the right
field wall and was 3-for-3 with three RBI by the third inning (He finished 4-for-4 with two
walks). He also had a stolen base, quashing notions he is a below-average runner.
Conforto is considered one of the top three college position players and also is thought to be the
“best bat” among college players eligible for the draft.
In the fourth inning, the
Hornets strung together four straight singles, one of which scored Burcham. Lukes then hit into
a 1-2-3 double play, but Moses kept the rally going with an infield single scoring Dane
Fujinaka, and the Hornets cut the lead in half at 6-3. All three runs against Frye were
Sacramento State added
another run in the sixth inning when Fujinaka lead off with a walk, advanced to second on
Hunley’s second hit, and scored on an error by new pitcher, Scott Schultz.
In the seventh, the
Hornets tied the game when senior Will Soto (Elk Grove High) scored on a fielder choice and
Lukes drove in Fujinaka with a single up the middle to make it a 6-6 game.
“Getting down early like
that and seeing our guys slowly get back into it, this is a special win,” head coach Reggie
Christiansen said after the game. “I’m most proud of how we came from behind--we haven’t done
that much this season. Our guys did an unbelievable job.”
Beavers’ sophomore Andrew
Moore on the hill in the eighth inning took the loss, bringing his record to 3-3.
Sacramento State improved
to 25-15 and 5-0 in midweek games at Raley Field. Oregon State drops to 27-8.
The two clubs are
scheduled to meet again tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at John Smith Field, weather
Oregon State All-American outfielder Michael Conforto lashed
this pitch in the first inning to score the Beavers first run. He
went 4-for-4 tonight with a 2-run homer and two walks, raising his batting
average to .415.
(Sac State Media Relations contributed to this report)
Twenty-five years ago today, moviegoers were introduced to an Iowa corn farmer who was hearing
voices and interpreted them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields. He did and out
came Shoeless Joe Jackson and the rest of the Chicago Black Sox. The movie, of course, was
Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella, along with James
Earl Jones, as the fictitious American writer, Terence Mann.
The movie popularized the slogan which has since become an anthem in baseball: “If you build it,
they will come.”*
Fifteen years ago, an unlikely duo went around the greater Sacramento area spouting that mantra to
anyone who would listen. Local businessman Warren Smith and former minor league executive Bob
Hemond later joined forces with Art Savage, and together the threesome brought professional
baseball back to Sacramento for good in the form of the River Cats.
To read the 40-year odyssey that culminated with their incredible
* As cinephiles will note, the actual
phrase from the movie is "If you build it, HE will come,"
but the mantra quickly morphed into
come" as it became affiliated with various
Oregon State Plays Sac State at Raley Field Monday Night
rated number-five by Baseball America, is in town to play the Hornets twice in two days. The
Beavers last year appeared in the College World Series.
The first game is
slated for Monday at 6:30 at Raley Field, while game two will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at John
Oregon State is
the highest-ranked club the Hornets have faced since playing No. 1 Arizona in 2008. The Beavers are
led by All-American Michael Conforto, last year's Pac-12 Player of the Year. The junior outfielder
is leading his team with a .395 average (27th in Division I) and .546 slugging percentage. He is
second on the team with 38 runs batted in.
(24-15) are coming off a series victory against Utah Valley. They won the first two with shutouts,
but were shut out themselves in Saturday's game 6-0. The main highlight from that one was leadoff
hitter Nathan Lukes (Center High) extending his WAC-leading 19-game hitting streak. with a single
in the first inning. Nate's two hits in the game amounted to fifty percent of the Hornets overall
production, an aberration for this red-hot offensive club in the month of
HORNETS BLANK UTAH VALLEY 10-0 IN SEVEN
(Sac State Media Relations)
Freshman Sam Long threw his second 7-inning shutout of
the season and the Hornets struck for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 10-0
win over Utah Valley in seven innings, with the game called after the top of the
7th inning due to the WAC mercy rule.
Hornets' starter Sam Long threw a 7-inning shutout against
Utah Valley today.
The victory was the fourth time this season that
Sacramento State (24-14, 12-2 WAC) won a conference game via the mercy rule. It was the second
straight shutout for the Hornets against Utah Valley (14-22, 7-7 WAC), which is the first time in
the 12-year NCAA Div. I history of the program that it was shut out in consecutive
Long (Del Campo) also threw a seven-inning shutout in an
11-0 Hornet mercy rule win at New Mexico State on March 29. On Friday he allowed just four hits,
all singles, with five strikeouts and no walks, facing just three batters over the minimum. Long
improved to 5-0 while the team is now 9-0 in games he has started this season.
Sacramento State scored a pair of early runs, with
sophomore Dane Fujinaka bringing in junior Scotty Burcham on a sacrifice bunt in the second inning
and junior Rhys Hoskins (Jesuit) driving in sophomore Nathan Lukes (Center High) with a sacrifice
fly in the third inning.
Senior Clay Cederquist then brought home Burcham with a
sacrifice fly in the sixth to make the score 3-0 with two outs in the inning. The next seven Hornet
hitters would reach base with four straight singles before a walk, a 2-run double from senior David
Del Grande, and a two-run home run off the bat of senior Will Soto to bring the advantage to 10-0.
Long allowed a leadoff single but nothing more in the top of the seventh to end the
The Hornet pitchers have allowed just nine singles (no
extra-base hits) with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 16 scoreless innings over the first two games
of the weekend series. Sacramento State had a season-high six stolen bases in the game, including
five steals in the 8-run sixth inning.
Eight of the nine Hornet starters had a hit, eight scored
runs, and seven had RBIs. Del Grande and Burcham each had two hits while junior Kyle Moses had
three hits with a run, an RBI and his seventh stolen base (tied for the team lead with Lukes).
Lukes had a single in the sixth inning to extend his WAC-best hitting streak to 18 straight games
(scored twice and stole his seventh base) while Soto has now hit in 15 straight.
Nathan Lukes shows off a picture-perfect swing
as he extended his hitting streak today to a WAC-best 18 games.
Designated hitter Mark Krueger was the only Wolverine to
have multiple hits in the game. Utah Valley starter Ryan Evans was strong through his first five
innings of work but ended up being tagged with six earned runs over 5.2 innings while two UVU
relievers combined to allow four runs while getting just one out.
Sacramento State goes for its fourth WAC series sweep of
the season on Saturday with first pitch at 2 p.m. at John Smith Field.