Apr 20, 2017
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (18-19, 4-8 WAC) returns to the road after consecutive home series to face defending regular season WAC champion Seattle U (12-22-1, 4-8 WAC) for three games starting Friday. Game times are set for 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday in Bellevue, Wash.
In consecutive weeks Sacramento State handed a previously unbeaten, WAC-leading team its first conference loss. Parker Brahms was the starting pitcher in both games, a 7-1 win over Grand Canyon and a 2-1 win in 12 innings over New Mexico State. GCU and NMSU were both 7-0 in WAC play.
Sacramento State hit five home runs in two games against San Francisco with Vinny Esposito and Kody Reynolds homering in both games and Dawsen Bacho hitting one. Esposito has six home runs in his last 13 games and as a team the Hornets have hit 18 homers over their last 15 contests.
The Hornets lead the WAC in nearly every pitching category including ERA (3.88), opposing batting average (.239), strikeout to walk ratio (2.26), WHIP (1.26), walks allowed per nine innings (3.18) and hits allowed per nine innings (8.12). Hornet pitchers have also hit the fewest batters in the league.
The Hornets have been successful on 11 straight stolen base attempts, having not had a runner caught stealing since April 4 at UC Davis. Sacramento State was a perfect 6-for-6 in steals against New Mexico State and the Hornets lead in the WAC with 39 stolen bases for the season.
The reigning regular season WAC champion, Seattle U was picked to win the league again this year but lost two all-WAC pitchers. The Redhawks have a 5.67 team ERA while allowing 6.3 runs per game. The squad is hitting .275 with 37 stolen bases and ranks 24th in the nation with 184 walks.
MultimediaAll three games of the Seattle U series will stream live for free on HornetSports.com/Radio …