SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (16-11, 6-0 WAC) takes an eight-game winning streak into a midweek battle with San Francisco (13-13, 3-6 WCC) at 6 :35 p.m. Wednesday at Raley Field.
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SAC – Justin Dillon (RFr./RHP, 0-0, 1.80 ERA)
USF – Matt Narahara (Jr./LHP, 1-2, 5.68 ERA)
Sacramento State is 5-0 in midweek games so far this season behind solid pitching and timely hitting. Though it is a small sample size, the squad is hitting .279 in midweek games with a 1.76 ERA. Three of the five midweek wins have come at Raley Field, the home of the Sacramento Rivercats. The team has wins over No. 24 Fresno State, Nevada, and Pacific under the Raley lights this season.
The Hornets have already played San Francisco three times this season, losing 9-1 in Sacramento on March 1 and splitting a doubleheader at USF the following day. The Dons averaged 6.7 runs per game over the three game series, but five of the 20 runs the Hornets allowed were unearned as the team committed nine errors during the doubleheader in San Francisco.
Junior outfielder Bradley Zimmer, who is hitting .430 on the year with six home runs and 21 RBIs, went 8-for-14 with a homer and six runs driven in against the Hornets during the previous series as USF hit .300 as a team (Sacramento State hit .290). The Dons have three wins this year against ranked teams, including a 6-5 win at then-No. 2 Cal State Fullerton and a victory against No. 7 Oregon, but dropped two of three last weekend hosting San Diego to drop to 3-6 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play. The team has played just 10 road games and is 5-5
Hornet junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins was named WAC Hitter of the Week on Monday after he hit .563 (9-for-16) with six runs, 12 RBIs, three doubles, three home runs and four walks to lead the Hornets to a perfect 4-0 record last week. Hoskins made only seven outs in 20 trips to the plate for a .650 on-base percentage while recording a 1.313 slugging percentage. He also led the Hornets to a 3-0 series road sweep at New Mexico State as he went 8-for-12 at the plate with 12 RBIs.
The award was the second straight WAC Hitter of the Week honor bestowed upon the Hornets after senior David Del Grande took the honor the previous week. He hit .636 (7-for-11) with six runs, three RBIs, two stolen bases, five walks and a home run to earn his honor and continued his hot hitting last week with a .467 average with two home runs and 10 RBIs hitting directly in front of Hoskins in the three hole. Over his last 13 games Del Grande is hitting .487 with 14 RBIs and 17 runs scored.
Sacramento State pitching has also been superb through WAC play as the squad has a 2.06 ERA through six conference games. Opponents are hitting just .224 against the Hornets in WAC games while the Hornets have a 32-14 strikeout to walk ratio. Freshman Sam Long has thrown 12 scoreless innings, allowing just six hits and one walk, to start WAC play at 2-0 while junior Brennan Leitao is also 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA.