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Hornets’ baseball drops their game 9-6 to UOP

State Hornet Staff

April 14, 2015

Timely bunting and 15 hits were enough to propel the visiting University of Pacific Tigers to a 9-6 victory over the Sacramento State Hornets today at John Smith Field.The game was a rematch from two weeks prior at Pacific. The Hornets won the first meeting 3-2, where both teams combined for 15 hits.P...

Baseball rallies late in 7-2 win over the University of Portland

Jordan Waterman

February 21, 2015

On a cold overcast day at John Smith Field, Sacramento State baseball rallied late to knock off the University of Portland in the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 7-2, continuing the Hornets' winning streak.This fifth consecutive win gives the team a 5-1 record.Since dropping the home ope...

Deely’s walk-off single secures Sac State baseball’s 8-7 win over Utah

Jordan Waterman

February 16, 2015

After several lead changes, the three and a half hour marathon was capped off with a walk-off single by Dan Deely in the ninth inning, propelling Sacramento State past the University of Utah in the Hornets' 8-7 victory on Monday afternoon at John Smith Field.With the bases loaded in the bottom of th...

Hornets starting pitcher has strong return from Tommy John surgery

State Hornet Staff

May 6, 2014

Imagine having a prolific high school career that gets you drafted, and then in your first year of college, you get sidelined by a season-ending elbow injury. That’s exactly what happened to Hornets redshirt freshman starting pitcher Justin Dillon.Dillon came to Sacramento State from El Dorado High School...

Defense a key to success for Hornets baseball

Brandon Hunley tags out University of Utah’s Cory Hunt at second base.

State Hornet Staff

April 22, 2014

Pitching and hitting wins games, but defense wins championships and Sacramento State’s defense has helped the team to first place in the Western Athletic Conference.Players like Sac State outfielders, senior David Del Grande and sophomore Nathan Lukes, along with junior shortstop Scotty Burcham have mad...

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

Baseball drops another Friday game despite Higley’s ninth home run

Hornet junior left fielder No. 35, Justin Higley, rounds the bases after hitting his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot, against Louisiana Tech on Friday afternoon at John Smith Field.

State Hornet Staff

April 27, 2013

Base running errors cost Sacramento State’s baseball team another Friday afternoon loss, this time to Louisiana Tech University.This season, the Hornets have won only two games on Friday and could not recover from a fourth inning rally by the Bulldogs, who held for a 5-4 win.“We’ve had a hard ti...

Big Sky hosts tournament in Montana, not Las Vegas

State Hornet Staff

March 12, 2013

Usually, college basketball teams pack their bags and head to an unfamiliar arena in their final attempts to make the NCAA Tournament, but Sacramento State is playing in known territory.This week, the nation’s Division I conference tournaments are being held all over the country in cities like Chicago, Ne...

Hornets look to defend regular season WAC championship

Sacramento State baseball starts its season Friday when the Hornets travel to No. 26 Texas for a three game series, Feb 15-17. 

State Hornet Staff

February 13, 2013

Sacramento State can discard any second thoughts it may have had about hiring Reggie Christiansen to take over the baseball programLast season, Christiansen coached his team to its first regular conference championship since the school moved to Division I in 1992.Former head coach and now assistant at...

Texas overwhelms WAC conference

State Hornet Staff

February 13, 2013

It is said that everything is bigger in Texas This season, the Western Athletic Conference added six new baseball programs to make the conference the second biggest on the West Coast, just behind the Pac-12 Conference.Of the six teams, four come from the state of Texas, including Dallas Baptist Univers...

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