Nogosek Saves Oregon’s 7-6 Victory Over OSU  

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 Eugene. 

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 UCLA. 

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.  


Stephen Nogosek
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 win. 

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 threshold.

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(Sac State Media Relations)

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 walks.

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).



River Cats roll to fourth straight win on Williamson's Career Day

Seven RBI new high for River Cats outfielder, one off franchise mark

(River Cats Media Relations)

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.

Sacramento 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.

Williamson’s 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 championship.

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.

Chris Stratton 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 three.

Sacramento 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.



(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 inning.

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 year.

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 Hornets ahead.

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.


(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 night.

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 foes.



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 5-2

by Editor Rick Cabral

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 Berkeley.

Freshman Tanner 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 Cal.

Stanford chiseled away and scored single runs in the fifth and sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2.

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 6-3 

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 straight win.

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 more. 

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 promising inning. 

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 innings. 

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 run. 

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 no-decision.

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 2-for-3. 

The 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 Texas-Rio Grande Valley. 


After 5+ innings, Hornets' starter Tanner Olson
exited with the game tied 3-3.

Pac-12 Announced All-Century Baseball Team

(Pac-12 Media Relations)
SAN FRANCISCO –  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.

USC’s Mark 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 Century.

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, 10s.

The sole local player to be tabbed to the Pac-12 All-Century Team was Dustin Pedroia of Woodland. Pedroia starred at shortstop for Arizona State.


Mark Prior pitching for Stanford at Cal's Evans Diamond in 2013.
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 2013.

Olerud earned 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 honor.

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 page.


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.



(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.


by 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 day. 

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 bases-loaded walk. 


McWilliam Watches His First Home Run

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 ruling. 

Chicago State opened the game with an infield hit off the pitcher. Two batters later, Karnos induced a double play. In 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 play. 

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 Carpenter To
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 average. 

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 conference action. 

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Celsi and Knapp Lead Cal to 8-4 11 Inning Win Over Sun Devils 

Brian Celsi’s 11th inning home run gave Cal a 5-4 lead, and  No. 15 Golden Bears (21-10, 9-5 Pac-12) scored 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 triple. 

Tanner Dodson (Jesuit) earned his second save by pitching a shutout 11th inning for California.


Hornets Hold Off Chicago State 5-4

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 Field.

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 average.

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 2-1.

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 capitalized.

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 season.

Although the Cougars outhit the Hornets (9-8), the visitors managed only singles, while the home team had a pair of doubles.

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.

" Barnstormin' Across America

The Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lous



High School



For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the homegrown locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Manny Parra, Andrew Susac, and many more.

Among the hundreds of former professional players who have hailed from around here (and this is not an exhaustive list) include: Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Ken and Bob Forsch, Stan Hack, Woody Held, David Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Joe Marty, Butch Metzger, Steve Sax, Greg Vaughn, Fernando Vina and many others.

Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds) Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies) Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets) Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays) John McNamara (6 teams).

Many top-name big league players barnstormed through Sacramento from the teens through the early '60s. Among the barnstormers, none were bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who performed as the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin Lous here in Sacramento in 1927 (you can read more about that tour at

After runnin' the bases here, if you would like to submit material that you believe should be included at, please send an email to
RAC (at) baseballsacramento (dot) com.

Also be sure to check out the All-Time Top 50 Players from Sacramento in the History section.


Rick Cabral

* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to Woodland, north to Yuba City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County line.

Updated 4 /28/16
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