May 19, 2018
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State baseball team came out swinging Saturday afternoon and never let up, defeating the visiting Utah Valley Wolverines, 8-2, on Senior Day at John Smith Field. With the win, the Hornets locked up the No. 2 seed in the WAC Tournament, securing a first round bye.
The Hornets (31-23, 17-7 WAC) took on the Wolverines (15-36, 6-18 WAC) in need of a win in order to have a chance at the No. 2 seed at the WAC Tournament. With that in mind, Sacramento State came out swinging, scoring four runs in the first inning on four hits, including an RBI-double by Matt Smith and another by Andrew McWilliam.
Although Utah Valley countered with two runs of their own in the second inning, that was all they would get against the Hornets pitching staff on the afternoon.
Sacramento State continued to add on, scoring once in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Keith Torres, his third of the year.
In the sixth, the Hornets put up a three-spot, scoring a run on an Ian Dawkins RBI-double and two more on a two-run single by Torres. The sixth-inning rally pushed the score to 8-2, where it would remain as the game went final.
At the top of the lineup, Dawkins and Torres combined to go 5-for-9 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Torres added a home run while Dawkins picked up his team-leading 16th double of the season.
As a team, Sacramento State scored eight runs on 12 hits. It was the 18th time in 54 games that the Hornets had double-digit hits and the 13th time they’ve scored eight or more runs.
On the mound, Austin Root got the win after coming into the game in the second inning, improving to 9-3 on the season. Austin Roberts, who took …