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The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Kai Arellano

Kai Arellano, Sports Staffer


Kai Arellano is a junior transfer from Los Medanos College, majoring in journalism. He has won fourth place in the 2023 State Publication Awards for Illustration presented by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. This is also his first semester on The State Hornet. In his spare time he enjoys watching baseball and competing in mixed martial arts.

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Redshirt senior Evan Gibbons releasing a fastball at John Smith Field against Tarleton Friday, April 26, 2024. Gibbons is the only pitcher this season to pitch in a complete game.

A return to prominence for Sac State in Arlington

Hornets regain momentum after series win against the Mavericks
Kai Arellano, Staffer
May 10, 2024
Sac State travels to Arlington, Texas to win two out of a three-game series over the University of Texas at Arlington.
 La Asociación de Estudiantes, Inc. organiza una fiesta de resultados para las elecciones del gobierno estudiantil en la Terrace Suite en The WELL el jueves 11 de abril de 2024. La familia y amigos de los candidatos pudieron asistir al evento y mostrar su apoyo.

[Photo] Votantes apoyan el segundo término del presidente de ASI con 13% de participación electoral

Angelica Brito and Michael Pepper
May 7, 2024

La recién elegida Junta Directiva de la Asociación de Estudiantes, Inc. posan para una foto de felicitación en la fiesta de resultados de las elecciones en The WELL, Terrace Suite, el jueves 11 de abril...

Senior right fielder Cesar Valero sliding into third base after running from first in the second inning at John Smith Field, against Tarleton State University Friday, April 26, 2024. Valero scored after a single by senior third baseman Jorge Bojorquez.

The lows of baseball present themselves to Sac State again

Hornets get swept at home by Tarleton State in WAC play
Kai Arellano, Staffer
May 1, 2024
Sac State lost to Tarleton State University by a sweep in their comeback series at John Smith Field.
 Redshirt senior pitcher Evan Gibbons and sophomore catcher Jacob Cortez celebrating with the team after getting the final strikeout of the inning while walking into the dugout against California Baptist University on Friday, April 5, 2024. Gibbons has a total of 40 strikeouts currently this season.

Another weekend sweep for Sac State baseball in Irvine

Hornets snag dominant wins over USC and Santa Clara
Kai Arellano, Staffer
April 26, 2024
Sac State defeats USC and Santa Clara in a clash in Irvine, California.
Students gathered at the ASI Election results party in the Terrace Suite of The WELL Thursday, April 11, 2024. Student government leaders for the 2024-2025 academic year were chosen through the election, which saw a 13% voter turnout rate.

[Photo] Sac State’s ASI elections unveil student apathy and representation concerns

Micah Yip, Staffer
April 23, 2024

Students gathered at the ASI Election results party in the Terrace Suite of The WELL Thursday, April 11, 2024. Student government leaders for the 2024-2025 academic year were chosen through the election,...

Junior catcher Elie Kligman taking a lead at first base at John Smith Field against California Baptist University Friday, April 5, 2024. Kligman is the second player on the team who can switch hits along with senior shortstop Gunner Gouldsmith.

Sac State left seeing red in Stanford

Hornets lose a competitive one-off game to the Cardinal
Kai Arellano, Staffer
April 19, 2024
Sac State traveled to Stanford and lost a competitive game 12-8 to Stanford University
Senior third baseman Jorge Bojorquez getting ready to swing against California Baptist University on Friday, April 5, 2024. Bojorquez holds the school record for the most runs by a player in Sacramento State with 143 runs.

Sac State leaves some angry birds in Bellevue

Hornets make a statement by defeating the Redhawks in a sweep
Kai Arellano, Staffer
April 16, 2024
Sac State travels to Seattle University and leaves with a three-game sweep in the WAC.
Senior shortstop Gunner Gouldsmith gauging the pitcher’s timing against California Baptist University on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Gouldsmith is one of the two batters that can switch hit along with junior catcher Elie Kiligman.

Sac State gets in some fowl-play in Oregon

The Hornets tack on an impressive win against the Ducks in two midweek games
Kai Arellano, Staffer
April 12, 2024
Sac State played against the University of Oregon in two midweek non-conference games
The Associated Students, Inc. holds a results party for the student government elections in the Terrace Suite of The WELL Thursday, April 11, 2024. Family and friends of the candidates were able to come out to the event and show support.

[Photo] Voters support second term for current ASI president with 13% turnout

Michael Pepper, staffer
April 12, 2024

The newly elected Associated Students, Inc. Board of Directors pose for a congratulatory photo at the election results party in The WELL, Terrace Suite Thursday, April 11, 2024. The selected candidates...

Senior shortstop Gunner Gouldsmith hitting a line drive against California Baptist University Friday, April 5, 2024. Gouldsmith had no hits in his three at-bats but would induce one walk.

Sac State learns hard lesson against California Baptist University

A walk-off in the final game changes the Hornets’ perspective
Kai Arellano, Staffer
April 9, 2024
Sac State baseball lost their weekend Western Athletic Conference series to California Baptist University 2-1.
Redshirt freshman center fielder Brett Ott sliding into third base on a close play against the University of San Francisco Monday, April 1, 2024. Ott went one for four and scored two runs against the USF.

Sac State regroups after a tough weekend in Phoenix

Hornets struggled against Grand Canyon University but rebounded at home
Kai Arellano, Staffer
April 5, 2024
Sac State played a series against Grand Canyon University and two one-off games against the University of San Francisco and the University of Nevada
Senior shortstop Gunner Gouldsmith making a jumping play against UC Davis Tuesday, March 26, 2024. Gouldsmith extended his hitting streak to 18 to tie him with former Hornets Derek Brown and Blake Crosby for the seventh-longest hitting streak in school history.

Sac State falls in Causeway Rivalry rematch to UC Davis

The Hornets offense was a step behind against the Aggies
Kai Arellano, Staffer
March 28, 2024
Sac State baseball was unable to find a win in their rematch against UC Davis losing 3-2.
Sophomore first baseman JP Smith swings and misses against Fresno State at John Smith Field Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Smith went one for three against the Bulldogs with one single and one walk.

Sac State’s rematch ends in vain against Fresno State

The Hornets are changing their strategy after loss to the Bulldogs
Kai Arellano, Staffer
March 15, 2024
Sac State loses the rematch to Fresno State in a close game. The Hornets’ defense has faltered to a point where changes need to be made for them to have more success in the conference.
Sac State mimics the celebration of sophomore first baseman JP Smith after his home run against Utah Valley on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Smith went three for five and scored three times against the Wolverines in the third game of the series.

Sac State wins their first conference series against Utah Valley

The Hornets finish their first series in dominant fashion
Kai Arellano, Staffer
March 12, 2024
Sac State plays Utah Valley in first WAC series and wins 2-1.
 (L-R) Senior shortstop Gunner Gouldsmith and freshman second baseman Cameron Sewell react to the umpire’s call  Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Acosta would lead UC Davis in hits and have the most hits and runs going three for four and scoring three runs.

The Causeway Rivalry ends in devastation for Sac State

UC Davis dominates Sac State in last game before conference play
Kai Arellano, Staffer
March 8, 2024
Sac State drops the Causeway rivalry to UC Davis 10-5 in a game where they were outmatched.
 Senior shortstop Gunner Gouldsmith preparing to throw out a runner at first against the University of Minnesota  March 1, 2024. Gouldsmith has the most assists at 35 outs on the team.

Through rain and shine Sac State breaks even

Sac State goes 2-2 through battles with mother nature
Kai Arellano, Staffer
March 5, 2024
Sac State plays UC Berkeley, the University of Minnesota and the University of the Pacific this week to have another week record of 2-2
Junior infielder Jose Ruiz dives after a throw in an attempt to make a play Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Ruiz ended the night with two assists.

Sac State experiences highs and lows in an even weekend

Take a look at the Hornets’ journey through a gallery of their four games
Kai Arellano, Staffer
February 27, 2024
Sac State baseball went 2-2 with a one-off against Fresno State and a series against UC Santa Barbara this weekend. They are now 3-4 as they get their season going.
Sophomore outfielder Ryan Christiansen swings at an oncoming pitch in the first game against Loyola Marymount Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. Christiansen had 8 plate appearances in the double-header.

Sac State gets plunked in opening day doubleheader but finishes with walk-off win

Hornets move to 1-2 after their first series
Kai Arellano, Staffer
February 21, 2024
Sac State baseball lost a doubleheader on Friday and a win on Sunday with a walk-off against LMU in the opening series. In match-ups that featured junior outfielder Matt Masciangelo making headlines for unusual reasons.
Junior outfielder Matt Masciangelo up to bat on Friday Feb. 16, 2024 against Loyola Marymount University at John Smith Field. There’s an 87.5% chance Masciangelo was hit by a pitch in this plate appearance.

Sac State outfielder hit seven times in eight plate appearances

Matt Masciangelo has more HBP than the rest of Sac State combined
Joey Aguirre and Kai Arellano
February 17, 2024
Sac State’s Matt Masciangelo’s seven HBPs in Friday’s doubleheader were more than any MLB player has ever had in a doubleheader.
Junior guard Austin Patterson takes a jump shot against Pacific Union on Tuesday Nov. 14. Patterson scored 17 points and made five three-pointers.

Sac State makes finishing touches for Portland State and Idaho

Hornets are conditioning aggressively ahead of Big Sky matchups
Kai Arellano, Staffer
February 2, 2024
Sac State plays Portland State and Idaho in mid-season Big Sky Conference play
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