Hornets give Chicago State the clean sweep treatment


Brandon Hunley tries to tag out the base runner against New Mexico at John Smith Field, Tuesday, Mar. 29. Hunley went 1 for 4 and had two RBI’s in a 12-3 loss.

Jerod Moreno

Sacramento State baseball swept Chicago State in a three-game series, including a 10-0 win in eight innings during the second game of the series as the NCAA mercy rule took effect.

Sac State outscored Chicago State 19-5 in the three-game series, improving Sac State to 22-13 on the season and 10-2 in Western Athletic Conference play.

Sac State is undefeated at home in WAC play and is currently tied with Seattle University for first place within the conference.

Sac State looks to extend its four-game winning streak as the Hornets take on the University of Pacific at Klein Family Field in Stockton for a non-conference game on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Game One

Game one of the series was the closest of the bunch as Sac State scored five runs in the second half of the game to hold on to a 5-4 lead.

Sac State starting pitcher Sam Long picked up his fourth win of the season, allowing only two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Chicago State scored first in the top of the fourth inning on four straight singles. Andy Gertonson hit a one-out single to right field to start the rally. Cody Freund followed with a single of his own to right field. Sanford Hunt brought in the first run of the game as he hit an RBI single through the left side of the infield. Julian Russell added an RBI single down the left field line as the second and final run of the inning crossed the plate.

Sac State scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brandon Hunley hit a two-out double down the right field line and was eventually scored on a RBI single to right field by Bronson Grubbs.

Sac State added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead 4-2. Chris Lewis started things off with a full-count single through the left side of the infield. Trent Goodrich followed with a walk. Lewis and Goodrich both advanced a base on a wild pitch by Chicago State’s starting pitcher Jake Perkins.

Matt Smith fouled out to right field, which allowed Lewis to score and Goodrich to advance to third base. Andrew McWilliam cashed in Goodrich on a single through the left side of the infield. Gunner Pollman scored the third run of the inning with a double down the left field line.

Sac State scored another run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a throwing error by Chicago State to make the score 5-2.

Sac State relief pitcher Chad Perry ran into some trouble in the bottom of the eighth inning. Perry started the inning off with a walk to Matt Sullivan. Gertonson followed with a single through the right side of the infield. Gertonson was able to advance to second on a throwing error by Perry. Freund capitalized on the mistake by scoring Sullivan and advancing Gertonson on what should have been a double-play ball to second base. Hunt singled up the middle to make it a one-run game. Perry was able to record the next out, and Tyler Beardsley was able to ground out Wright for the last out of the inning.

The Hornets held onto their late 5-4 lead to start the WAC series against Chicago State with a win.

Game Two

Sac State accumulated 16 hits and scored 10 runs in eight innings as Chicago State succumbed to the NCAA’s mercy rule of trailing to a team by at least 10 runs after seven innings of play.

Sac State starting pitcher Max Karnos had his best outing of the year as he pitched all eight innings, allowing no runs on just three hits with three strikeouts.

McWilliam was the highlight of the Sac State offense as he recorded the first multiple home run game for the Hornets this year.

The second and third innings were the only innings of the game in which Sac State did not score a run.

The fifth, sixth and seventh innings were all multi-run innings for the Hornets, including a three-run seventh inning.

McWilliam hit a mercy-rule walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for his second of the game and first walk-off of the year for Sac State.

Lewis and Hunley each had three hits for Sac State, including a double and three runs scored for Lewis and a home run for Hunley. Goodrich picked up a couple of hits, including a double, and three RBIs. Matt Smith, Kody Reynolds and Grubbs each added a pair of hits for the Hornets as well.

Game Three

Sac State completed its third in-conference sweep of the year as the Hornets beat Chicago State 4-1 in the final game of the series.

Sac State starting pitcher Grant Kukuk improved to 5-1 on the season as he continues to have success on the mound. Kukuk completed seven innings, allowing just one run on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Beardsley picked up another save, and he leads the Western Athletic Conference with eight.

Sac State struck first as the team scored in the bottom of the third inning on a pair of doubles by Hunley and Lewis.

Chicago State tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Malik Carpenter led the inning off with a double down the left field line. Sullivan advanced Carpenter to third base with a sacrifice bunt and Chris Hipchen got the RBI on a groundout to shortstop.

Sac State answered quickly in the next half-inning. Hunley singled to center field with one out. Grubbs bunted for a single and advanced to second base on a throwing error by Chicago State. Hunley was able to advance to third on the throwing error as well. Chris Lewis was able to capitalize on Chicago State’s errors as he hit a two RBI single to left field.

Sac State added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Grubbs drew a two-out walk. Grubbs proceeded to steal not only second base, but third as well. Lewis capitalized once again on a single through the left side of the infield for his fourth RBI of the game.

Lewis had three of Sac State’s eight hits and all of the team’s four RBIs. Hunley went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Grubbs went 1-for-2 with two runs scored as well. Reynolds and Pollman each added a hit for the Hornets.