Sac State swept by New Mexico State

Jerod Moreno

Sacramento State was unable to deny the sweep as New Mexico State took game three of the series 13-6 in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Sunday.

Sac State gave up a series-high 33 runs against New Mexico State over the three day span. The next highest total of runs the Hornets gave up within the Western Athletic Conference was 11 runs against CSU Bakersfield.

Sac State starting pitcher Grant Kukuk, who held a 5-1 record before heading into this game, gave up seven earned runs in just 5 1/3 innings pitched, while giving up six hits with one strikeout and one walk. Chad Perry and Tyler Beardsley both came in later in the game and gave up three earned runs apiece.

Sac State was able to put up the first run of the game for the second game in a row but was unable to get it done on the defensive side of the ball. The Hornets’ first run came off of a solo home run by Chris Lewis.

The Hornets outhit the Aggies 15-10, but only three of the 15 hits were extra base hits. Seven out of the Aggies’ 10 hits went for extra bases, while five of those seven extra base hits were home runs.

The Aggies had four different innings with multiple runs, including a five-run sixth inning that featured three home runs. The three home runs that inning came from Dan Hetzel, Mason Fishback and Daniel Johnson. Fishback ended this series with three home runs, and Johnson hit another home run in the bottom half of the eighth to put his series home run count up to four.

The Sac State offense was alive Sunday even though it wasn’t enough to keep up with the red hot Aggies. Trent Goodrich, Gunner Pollman and Dan Deely each had three-hit days. Pollman and Deely both added an RBI, while Goodrich recorded two. Lewis went two-for-four with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Andrew McWilliam hit a triple with an RBI and a run scored. Brandon Hunley also added a double.

The Hornets will resume action as they take on UC Davis in Davis at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 for game one of the two-game series known as the Causeway Classic. The Hornets won both games against Davis last year.