Hornets baseball takes down Seattle U to win 10th game in a row

State Hornet Staff

Sacramento State baseball beat Seattle University in every phase of the game, winning its 10th game in a row, Friday at John Smith Field.

The Hornets beat their Western Athletic Conference opponent, Seattle U, 8-1.

Junior starting pitcher Brennan Leitao took the mound for the Hornets and gave up only one run, in seven innings. The lone run came in the first on a two-out RBI single by Redhawks third baseman Brock Carpenter.

During the streak, Sac State has won by six or more runs seven out of the 10 games. Leitao has been very appreciative of the offense as it has given the Hornet pitching staff multiple run leads lately.

“Oh it’s been awesome, I think everyone on our pitching staff agrees that there’s nothing better than that,” Leitao said. “Especially when it’s not just a lead, it’s a lead by at least five runs.”

Leading the Sac State offense has been junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins who has been on fire at the plate. Hoskins went 2-for-5 with a two-RBI double that hit the base of the wall in straightaway center.

“I’m seeing the ball well, just trying to keep it simple,” Hoskins said. “The more you think up there the tougher time you’re gonna have.“

Freshman second baseman Brandon Hunley hit his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the second that was part of a three run inning.

“The way we are playing right now, it’s gonna be hard to beat us,” Hoskins said. “We’re pitching well, we’re playing defense well and obviously we’re hitting really well too.”

Sac State head coach Reggie Christiansen was all smiles following the game after his team improved to 7-0 in the WAC. Christiansen believes that the early nonconference portion of the schedule benefited the Hornets.

“We’re starting to swing the bat,” Christiansen said. “It goes back to the schedule we played early on, I think it really challenged us and we got into conference play and we really started to swing the bats well.”

Sac State is first place in the WAC and are atop the conference in pitching and hitting. The Hornets will look to take the series win Saturday at 2 p.m. against Seattle U at John Smith Field.

“We’ve pitched well all year really, played defense well, we put it together. “It’s fun to watch right now,” Christiansen said.