The State Hornet

Men’s soccer earns first win of season

Christopher Bullock

September 11, 2015

The Sacramento State men's soccer team notched its first win of the year, a 2-1 victory over the University of Incarnate Word on Friday night at the Grand Canyon University Soccer Classic in Phoenix, hosted by Grand Canyon.After flying in from Sacramento to Phoenix, the team had almost no turnaround time...

Men’s soccer suffers disappointing loss to Grand Canyon in OT

State Hornet Staff

September 19, 2014

Coming off a two-game win streak last weekend, the Hornet men’s soccer team aimed to extend it to three Friday afternoon, but fell in overtime 0-1.Sacramento State (2-3-1) lost to Grand Canyon University (2-3-0) in the 98th minute of the game.The Antelopes finished the game when forward Niki Jackso...

Baseball gives up five runs late, loses to Grand Canyon

State Hornet Staff

April 13, 2014

Sacramento State’s normally reliable relief corp faltered Sunday in the rubber match against Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.With the Hornets up 5-3 in the sixth inning, senior relief pitcher Hunter Greenwood came into the game and quickly got the first out. He then allowed the next four batter...

Undefeated baseball team to take on Grand Canyon University

State Hornet Staff

April 8, 2014

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 ...

The WAC is whack

State Hornet Staff

February 12, 2014

“Shuffle up and deal” are words normally heard throughout casinos, but unfortunately for the Sacramento State baseball team playing in the Western Athletic Conference, the Hornets have been dealt seemingly a new conference schedule the past three seasons.The WAC, has undergone a remodeling of sorts in recent seasons, leaving affiliate member Sac State wondering about the stability of the conference. Division. I conferences should not be changing, it’s an epidemic that is happening across the NCAA landscape.There are six new schools that have been added to the conference in 2014 including Grand Canyon University, Utah Valley, Northern Colorado, Chicago State, University of Texas-Pan American and the University of North Dakota. The remaining four are Sac State, New Mexico State, Seattle University and CSU Bakersfield.Utah Valley, Chicago State, North Dakota and UTPA came over from the now defunct Great West Conference.It is difficult to adjust to playing teams you are not used to because of the high turnover, studying new tape and having to recruit differently because the conference has expanded in distance, is now a challenge for the Hornets. The WAC is no longer just a conference that lies in the western part of the country.This season, Sac State has been selected in the WAC coaches poll to finish third. The two teams picked ahead of the Hornets are New Mexico State and CSU Bakersfield, both remaining from 2013. This shows teams coming into the conference are at a disadvantage and could be a mystery to some coaches. The selection for fourth place was Utah Valley, which had an 18 point drop off from Sac State’s 68.10 head coaches in the WAC picked the order they thought each team would finish. If the team was picked to get first place, then that team would get nine points and the point total decreased by one as the teams are lower in the standings. The coaches could not vote for their own teams.The WAC has become a turnstile for teams in the west looking to move on to bigger conferences. Schools from last season that have departed the WAC are now in stabler conferences.San Jose State moved to the Mountain West Conference for baseball as well as other sports. Texas State, UT Arlington and UT San Antonio went to the Sun Belt Conference. Dallas Baptist is now a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and Louisiana Tech is a part of the Conference-USA.For Sac State’s affiliate sports, it should try and find conferences where there is stability. The competition will likely be better because of the familiarity between teams.The WAC needs to go all in and try and keep its members, even the affiliate like Sac State. If they do not, the WAC may fold.Curtis Manlapig can be reached on Twitter @CTMstatehornet