SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three Hornet pitchers combined to allow just four hits and one run while the offense totaled 12 hits and pushed across seven runs in a 7-1 victory over Menlo College on Tuesday at John Smith Field.
The Oaks, who are ranked No. 25 in the NAIA national poll, ended their regular season with the loss to drop to 28-26. Sacramento State improved to 18-7 at home this year and 28-17 overall, just two wins shy of the program's third-consecutive 30-win season.
Senior Hunter Greenwood got the start for the Hornets and pitched five solid innings, allowing just one run on four hits to pick up his first victory of the season. Freshmen Jared Paderez (three innings) and Sterling Humphry (one inning) closed out the game with neither allowing a hit.
All nine Hornet starters had a hit in the game, led by a 3-for-5 line from leadoff hitter Nathan Lukes. Junior Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs, and three walks, reaching base five times, and senior Clay Cederquist and freshman Brandon Hunley also drove in two runs apiece.
The Hornets jumped on Menlo starter Dustin Nakayama in the first inning, scoring three runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter though they stranded two runners. Sacramento State failed to score in the second inning after loading the bases on three walks, but in the third Hunley drove home junior Scotty Burcham on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead.
Menlo's lone run came in the fifth, stringing together three singles for a run, but the Oaks left the bases loaded as Greenwood worked out of a jam. Hoskins double home sophomore Chris Lewis in the sixth to get that run back, and the Hornets scored single runs in the seventh and eighth as well to record the 7-1 win.
The Sacramento State offense had just one strikeout in the game while drawing seven walks. The Hornets totaled seven runs despite leaving 12 men on base, stranding eight through the first four innings of the contest. Menlo was held to just four singles in the game while six Oak pitchers took the mound, with five of them allowing at least one run.
Sacramento State plays a second midweek game tomorrow at Nevada at 6 p.m. The game will be played at Aces Ballpark, home of the Triple-A Reno Aces.