Sacramento State baseball will take its 9-0 Western Athletic Conference record to Phoenix, this weekend to take on second place Grand Canyon University.
The Hornets are coming off a three-game sweep over Seattle University, their third consecutive series sweep over a WAC opponent. Sac State is one of three teams in the NCAA Div. I with an undefeated conference record and as of Monday, it has the longest winning streak in the nation at 12 as of April 8.
Sac State has even received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association top-25 poll.
Grand Canyon has entered its first season in the WAC after previously being a part of the Div. II Pacific West Conference. The Antelopes won 40 games last season and made it to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship.
Grand Canyon is 6-3 in the WAC and has a share of second place with Utah Valley and the University of North Dakota. In its last series, the Antelopes lost two of three games against the University of Texas Pan-American.
Sac State has scored 83 runs in WAC play, but will be taking on a pitching staff with an overall team ERA of 3.28. Leading the Antelopes staff is the trio of Coley Bruns, Ethan Evanko and Jorge Perez.
Bruns is 5-0 with a 3.02 ERA on the season. He leads the team in strikeouts with 41.
Grand Canyon’s signature win this season came against the University of Arizona. The 2012 College World Series champions were held to just one run by Evanko, who threw six innings in the 3-1 victory.
At the plate, catcher Humberto Aranda leads Grand Canyon with a .382 overall batting average. Outfielder David Walker leads the WAC in runs scored (30) and hits (42).
Sac State has been solid in all aspects of the game lately and has really hit its stride.
Freshman second baseman Brandon Hunley had a 15th inning walk-off single against Seattle U on Saturday and as of Monday, is on a 12-game hitting streak.
The power for this team has been on display as Sac State have hit 18 home runs this season. Four Hornets have double digit home run totals including Junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins (5), Hunley (5), senior center fielder David Del Grande (3) and senior third baseman Will Soto (2).
“One thing I love is that it’s not the same guys every day, it’s different guys and it doesn’t matter who it comes from,” Hoskins said.
The first game of the series is Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Phoenix.