RECAPPING A HISTORIC 2014 BASEBALL SEASON
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The 2014 Sacramento State baseball team had one of the best seasons in program history, winning regular season and postseason WAC titles and making its first appearance in the Div. I NCAA Tournament.
Below are highlights of the remarkable 2014 season:
- Won 40 games for the first time since 1991 and had the fifth most wins in a season in program history.
- Played in first Div. I NCAA Regional in program history and won first NCAA Div. I postseason game with a 5-4 win over No. 18 Arizona State.
- Set single season program records in ERA (3.27), opposing batting average (.240), innings pitched (572.0), putouts (1,716) and assists (698) and ranked fifth in the NCAA with 38 sacrifice flies.
- Won a program-record 21 WAC games and earned the first postseason and first outright regular season WAC titles in program history.
- Defeated No. 4 Oregon State, which was the No. 1 national seed for the NCAA Tournament, and had three more wins over ranked teams against No. 18 Arizona State, No. 21 Texas A&M, and No. 24 Fresno State.
- Led the WAC in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, home runs, saves, earned run average, opposing batting average, and sacrifice flies.
- Had a 12-game winning streak between March 18 and April 8, the second longest winning streak in program history and just four wins shy of the record.
- Record the third-straight season with 30 or more wins, the longest such streak since a string of nine straight 30-win seasons from 1985-1993.
- Played a record six games at Raley Field and went 5-1, including wins over No. 4 Oregon State and No. 24 Fresno State.
- Hit .298 with runners in scoring position, .316 with the bases loaded, and .333 in pinch hitting at-bats.
- Had a 28-0 record when leading after seven innings.
- Won four WAC games in seven innings via the 10-run mercy rule.
- Rhys Hoskins was named WAC Player of the Year, was an all-WAC first team selection, and was named a third team Louisville Slugger All-American.
- Sam Long was named WAC Freshman of the Year, was an all-WAC second team selection, and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
- Reggie Christiansen was named WAC Coach of the Year after leading the team to regular season and postseason WAC titles.
- Nathan Lukes broke the single season record with 259 at-bats and had the third most hits in a season (90), tied for 13th most in the NCAA.
- Seniors David Del Grande and Will Soto ended their careers as the program's all-time leaders in career at-bats while Del Grande broke the career hit-by-pitch record and Soto finished second in career doubles.
- Nathan Lukes had a 20-game hitting streak, tied for the third longest in program history, and reached base in 36 consecutive games.
- Alex Palsha broke the single-season record with a 1.82 ERA (min 50 innings pitched) and set the pitching appearances record with 37.
- Brennan Leitao became the program's all-time leader with 24 career wins and 304.0 innings pitched.
- Sutter McLoughlin tied the program record with 26 career saves.
- Brandon Hunley and Will Soto both hit grand slams in a 20-6 win at New Mexico State, the first game in program history hitting two grand slams.