May 20, 2017
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State won its 17th home game of the year and completed a three-game sweep of UT Rio Grande Valley, ending the regular season with an 8-6 win on Saturday at John Smith Field. The nine graduating Hornet seniors were honored in a postgame ceremony.
Sacramento State (28-27, 12-12 WAC) had already secured the No. 3 seed for the WAC Tournament but eliminated UT Rio Grande Valley (26-28, 7-17 WAC) from postseason contention with the win.
If UT Rio Grande Valley was victorious on Saturday they would have been the No. 6 seed and faced the Hornets in the first round of the WAC Tournament next Wednesday. Their loss enabled Seattle U to claim the final postseason berth and draw Sacramento State for the second game of the tournament on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Mesa, Ariz.
The Hornets ended the regular season winning each of their last five WAC games. They scored at least six runs in each game of the UTRGV series, tallying a season-high 13 runs on Friday. The squad will ride a four-game winning streak overall into the postseason.
It was a balanced attack that led the Hornets to victory in the series finale on Saturday. Five players had multi-hit games, with Trent Goodrich following his first career four-hit game with a three-hit effort on Saturday. Kody Reynolds and Andrew McWilliam both had two hits and drove in two runs while Ian Dawkins and Vinny Esposito had two hits apiece and scored twice.
Sacramento State took a 1-0 lead in the first as Esposito scored on a UTRGV fielding error. The Vaqueros tied it in the third scoring on a stolen base and Hornet throwing error. In the fourth inning the visitors opened the inning with three straight hits and pushed across three runs on four hits to take a 4-1 …