BRAHMS BRILLIANT, BACKED BY OUTMAN AND SMITH IN SHUTOUT WIN OVER MILWAUKEE

BRAHMS BRILLIANT, BACKED BY OUTMAN AND SMITH IN SHUTOUT WIN OVER MILWAUKEE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Parker Brahms took the mound Saturday night for the fourth time this season still looking for his first win of the 2018 campaign. Thanks to another brilliant start and some timely offense, he found it as the Hornets cruised to a 4-0 shutout victory over the visiting Milwaukee Panthers.

Brahms put together another fantastic outing Saturday, throwing seven shutout innings for Sacramento State, extending his scoreless streak to 21 innings to start the season.

"He's just been really good," said head coach Reggie Christiansen. "He's throwing three pitches for strikes and he's ultra competitive every time he goes out there."

Brahms allowed four hits in Saturday night's start and also walked one. He struck out seven while throwing a season-high 92 pitches (64 strikes).

Of the four hits, none came in the same inning against Brahms. While Milwaukee put a runner on second three times in the game, that was as far as any Panthers baserunner got against the right-hander.

"He got himself in a couple situations with guys in scoring position," Christiansen added of Brahms, "but in those spots he just goes to a different level."

"He's fun to watch and anytime he has the ball you know we have a great chance to win."

Brahms was followed by Tanner Dalton, who threw a perfect eighth and ninth inning to close out the win for the Hornets.

The offense came through Saturday, as well, led by James Outman and Matt Smith, who combined to knock in three of Sacramento State's four runs.

The Hornets actually scored their first run thanks to a throwing error by Milwaukee first baseman Oakland Scanlan, who's errant throw allowed PJ Floyd to score from third in the second inning.

They got their second run just one inning later when Outman smashed a double off the glove of the Milwaukee center fielder, scoring Andrew McWilliam all the way from first base.

Outman added another run for the Hornets in the fifth inning with a clutch two-out base hit to center to score Ian Dawkins. He proceeded to steal second and third base before scoring on another two-out RBI base hit, this time by Smith.

Outman's two stolen bases in that fifth inning were just two of four in the frame. Dawkins, who scored just before Outman, also stole third base and Smith, who followed Outman, stole second after reaching.

In total, Sacramento State had six stolen bases in eight attempts. The Hornets, who entered Saturday night's game with 15 stolen bags, were already 15th in the nation. After Saturday, they now have 21 stolen bases in 25 attempts.

Dawkins also had two hits for the Hornets, his first multi-hit game of the season. Last season, Dawkins led the team in hits and batting average.

Steven Moretto collected a hit in the win, as well, going 1-for-4 at the plate. With the hit - a sixth-inning single to left - Moretto extended his season-opening hitting streak to eight games. The freshman third baseman is hitting a team-high .333.   

This whirlwind weekend of baseball continues tomorrow with three baseball games at John Smith Field, including two featuring your Sacramento State Hornets.

Game one, set for an 11:00 am first pitch, features the Milwaukee Panthers and Gonzaga Bulldogs. Game two, set for a 3:00 pm first pitch, will be between Gonzaga and Sacramento State. Game three will see a rematch of Saturday night's game as the Hornets face off against the Panthers once again. Stay tuned to HornetSports.com and the Sacramento State Baseball page for live stats and game updates as the day goes on.