Sac State baseball team shuts down Cal 6-0

Hornets finish 13-game home stand 12-1

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Sac State baseball team shuts down Cal 6-0

Sac State junior right-handed pitcher Austin Roberts throws a pitch in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Roberts started and got the win despite only pitching two innings in the victory.

Sac State junior right-handed pitcher Austin Roberts throws a pitch in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Roberts started and got the win despite only pitching two innings in the victory.

Shaun Holkko

Sac State junior right-handed pitcher Austin Roberts throws a pitch in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Roberts started and got the win despite only pitching two innings in the victory.

Shaun Holkko

Shaun Holkko

Sac State junior right-handed pitcher Austin Roberts throws a pitch in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Roberts started and got the win despite only pitching two innings in the victory.

Shaun Holkko

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The Sacramento State baseball team closed out a season-long 13 game homestand Tuesday with a matchup against the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears.

The Hornets (16-8, 2-1 WAC) and Golden Bears (11-11, 2-4 PAC 12) played once last season, and Sac State got a victory on the road in Berkeley, 4-1.

Sac State came into Tuesday’s contest seeking redemption, following a loss to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Sunday by a score of 5-3, ending the Hornets 11 game win streak.

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Cal came out strong in the first inning looking to score first, but starting right-handed pitcher Austin Roberts was able to stop the Golden Bears from scoring by not allowing a run.

Due to the match being a midweek game, Sac State head coach Reggie Christiansen elected to go with a rotation of pitchers since the team does not have a set fourth pitching starter for midweek contests.

Roberts pitched the first two innings, allowing one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.

“Midweek games we’re just trying to match up,” Christiansen said. “I don’t truly have a midweek starter, we’re just trying to use as many guys as we can. Austin pitched on Friday so he was available to pitch today. We pieced it together after that and those guys did a really nice job.”

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  • Cal junior infielder Andrew Vaughn walks away from home plate after striking out in a 6-0 loss to Sac State Tuesday at John Smith Field. Vaughn, a highly touted MLB prospect, went 0-4 with three strikeouts.

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  • Sac State sophomore catcher Dawsen Bacho leads off from first base in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Bacho had one hit, one walk and one RBI in the victory.

    Shaun Holkko - The State Hornet

  • Sac State junior outfielder Matt Smith prepares to swing at a pitch in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Smith had two walks leading to two runs scored in the victory.

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  • Sac State junior outfielder Matt Smith dives back to first base in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Smith had two walks leading to two runs scored in the victory.

    Shaun Holkko - The State Hornet

  • Sac State sophomore infielder Keith Torres anticipates a pitch in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Torres had one hit and one walk with two RBIs in the victory.

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  • Sac State sophomore left-handed pitcher Dash Dunham throws a pitch in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Dunham allowed two walks but pitched out of a jam to secure the shutout victory.

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  • Cal sophomore infielder Darren Baker stands in the batters box in a 6-0 loss to Sac State Tuesday at John Smith Field. Baker, the son of MLB legend Dusty Baker, is a Sacramento-native and graduated from Jesuit High School.

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  • Members of the Sac State infield have a meeting on the mound in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. The Hornets went 12-1 on a season-long 13 game homestand.

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  • Members of the Sac State baseball team congratulate each other upon returning to the dugout following a successful inning in a 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. The Hornets went 12-1 on a season-long 13 game homestand.

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  • Sac State sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Martizia throws a pitch in 6-0 win over Cal Tuesday at John Smith Field. Martizia pitched one inning and had two strikeouts in the victory.

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Sac State brought out six more pitchers for the final seven innings as they shut out Cal. The seven Hornet pitchers combined to allow only four hits and three walks while striking out 13 Golden Bears.

Cal junior infielder Andrew Vaughn, one of the top collegiate MLB draft prospects in the country, was held in check Tuesday by the Hornets, going 0-4 with three strikeouts. Coming into Tuesday’s game, Vaughn had a .365 batting average with eight home runs and 24 RBIs on the young season.

“[Cal is] extremely physical [and] one of the best offenses on the West Coast,” Christiansen said.

The Hornets got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Cal freshman right-handed pitcher Mitchell Scott had four walks in the inning and walked home two Hornets for the first runs of the game. Junior outfielder Matt Smith and junior infielder Ryan Walstad walked home to give Sac State the lead.

Walstad had a productive game Tuesday as he hit 4-4 with one run and one RBI.

“It’s a huge win for us on a Tuesday game,” Walstad said. “We came out here, put together some good at-bats and our pitching did really well.”

The Hornets doubled their lead in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI from Walstad and a fielder’s choice RBI from Sac State sophomore infielder Keith Torres.

Sac State put the win out of reach for Cal in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring two more runs.

Sophomore infielder Steven Moretto hit a solo home run to left field. The final run was unearned as the Golden Bears made a fielding error, followed by a single from Torres to bring in the sixth run of the game.

The Hornets finished the season-long 13 game homestand with a 12-1 record.

Sac State now goes on the road for the first time in over three weeks, playing their first road Western Athletic Conference series of the season against the California Baptist Lancers (17-8, 2-1 WAC).

“They are hungry,” Walstad said. “They just got off a good series against [Grand Canyon University] and we need to keep the foot on the gas pedal.”

The Hornets plays the Lancers in a three-game weekend series. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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