Sacramento State responded to yesterday’s doubleheader sweep in a big way on Sunday, cruising to a 14-1 win over the Western Athletic Conference-leading California Baptist Lancers.
With the win, Sacramento State improves to 28-18 overall and 19-13 in the WAC. California Baptist drops to 31-13 overall and 23-5 in league play. The Hornets also earned a series split with Sunday’s win, splitting this weekend’s four-game set with the league-leading Lancers.
While the offense certainly put on a fireworks show on Sunday, it was Hornets starting pitcher Travis Adams who put on the center stage performance. Adams was electric on Sunday, throwing a nine-inning complete game against the hot-hitting Lancers to earn his sixth win of the season.
Adams allowed just one run on six hits on Sunday, striking out five while not walking a batter. He threw 113 pitches, an impressive 83 of them for strikes (73 percent).
The right-hander from Desert Hot Springs now has two complete games this season, though the first was a seven-inning affair. Sunday was Adams’ first career nine-inning outing.
Adams retired the side in order four times on Sunday, including the final 13 batters he faced. In total, the sophomore righty faced just four over the minimum through nine innings.
While Adams did more than enough to lead the Hornets to victory on Sunday, the offense made sure nothing went awry, scoring 14 runs for the second time in the series while piling up 15 hits. Four of those 15 hits were home runs.
Ryan Walstad hit the first of Sacramento State’s four home runs, a two-run shot in the first inning to give the Hornets an early lead.
Two innings later, Matt Smith took advantage of a California Baptist error and smashed a two-out, two-run home run to put the Hornets ahead, 4-0, at the time.
Dawsen Bacho was responsible for home run number three, an absolute no-doubter in the fifth inning that cleared the protective screen in left field and landed on the CBU soccer field adjacent to the ballpark.
With Sacramento State leading 10-1 in the ninth, Steven Moretto put an exclamation point on the effort, hitting a towering three-run blast that, similar to Bacho’s, cleared the left field protective netting and landed in the nearby soccer field.
While the four home runs were the centerpiece of Sacramento State’s offense, everyone got in on the action with all nine starters collecting at least one hit. Walstad and Bacho each had three to lead the team.
Seven of nine starters scored at least a run, though Walstad scored a team-high four, bringing his season total to 40. Moretto’s three RBI were most on the day, though six different Hornets drove in at least one.
Sunday’s getaway day win helped Sacramento State earn a series split, taking two of four against the Western Athletic Conference-leading California Baptist Lancers on the road. This weekend’s series was one of the most challenging of the season and Sacramento State rose to the challenge.
Up next, the Hornets will take the weekend off from league play with a four-game set against the San Francisco Dons. While the weekend won’t feature WAC action, it’s sure to be a tough matchup with the WCC’s Dons.
The weekend’s schedule is a little different than normal as the Hornets will play at San Francisco on Friday and Sunday with a doubleheader at John Smith Field on Saturday.