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BASEBALL DROPS FIRST MIDWEEK MATCHUP, TUESDAY AT SAINT MARY’S

BASEBALL DROPS FIRST MIDWEEK MATCHUP, TUESDAY AT SAINT MARY’S

MORAGA, Calif. – Sacramento State (4-7) traveled to Moraga to take on the Saint Mary's Gaels (6-6) on Tuesday for their first midweek meeting of the season. Coming off a thrilling, 2-1, win on the road at No. 3 UCLA over the weekend, the Hornets stumbled Tuesday against the Gaels, falling to Saint Mary's, 10-1.

Saint Mary's did their damage throughout the game, going ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first before making it a 5-0 game with a four-run third inning.

The Hornets put themselves on the board in the top of the sixth. Keith Torres worked a one-out walk and with Ryan Walstad at the plate next, the Hornets put on a hit-and-run play.

Walstad hit a groundball to second, but with Torres on the move, it pulled the second baseman out of position. He was unable to recover in time to make the play, allowing Torres to go first to third while Walstad found himself with a base hit.

The next batter, Matt Smith hit a deep foul fly that allowed Torres to tag and score safely. The RBI was Smith's fourth of the year.

That was it for Sacramento State, however, as they had just one more hit over the game's final four innings. That one hit was a significant one as it came off the bat of pinch hitter Dylan Ohlsen, and was the first of his career. Ohlsen had been 0-for-10 early in the season coming into Tuesday's contest.

The Gaels, meanwhile, added three more of their own in the home half of the sixth before scoring two more runs in the eighth, making it a 10-1 game.

On the mound, it was a staff day for the Hornets as they used six different pitchers on the mound on Tuesday. None of them threw more than two innings and just one eclipsed the 30-pitch mark.

Nick Tabura made his first career start for Sacramento State on Tuesday. After redshirting last season, the left-hander had made just one appearance for Sacramento State this season, a scoreless inning in relief against Pacific.

On Tuesday, Tabura was charged with the loss for the Hornets after allowing a run in a shaky first inning. He settled in nicely for the second, however, retiring the Gaels in order. In total, he allowed one run on two hits over two innings. He struck out two.

Brady Rodriguez also looked sharp out of the bullpen. Rodriguez threw two clean innings in the fourth and fifth, giving up just one hit while striking out another. 

The Hornets used four other pitchers on the afternoon, including Connor Sparks, who made his Sacramento State debut, but allowed four runs over one inning of work. 

Travis Martizia was on the mound for Saint Mary's three-run inning in the sixth, giving up three hits and a walk in one inning of work.  

Martizia and Rodriguez lead the Hornets with five appearances on the season.

Stone Churby and Dash Dunham also saw work Tuesday for the Hornets, each throwing an inning. Churby threw a scoreless frame, allowing just one hit to go with two strikeouts, though Dunham was tagged for two runs on three hits and a walk while also striking out two.

In total, Sacramento State used 19 different players - including 13 of 14 position players and six pitchers  - in Tuesday's meeting with Saint Mary's.

With the loss, Sacramento State drops their first game to the Gaels since the 2017 season and fall to 4-7 overall to start they year.

The Hornets will return to John Smith Field for their first home game in over a week when they open a four-game series with the Towson Tigers on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. and close the series out on Sunday with a 10 a.m. matchup.

More details – including links to tickets, broadcasts, notes, and more – are available online at HornetSports.com by visiting the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage.