BASEBALL SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER FRIDAY WITH BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS AGAINST TOWSON

BASEBALL SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER FRIDAY WITH BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS AGAINST TOWSON

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (6-7) opened a five-game weekend with a doubleheader sweep Friday against Towson (1-8). The Hornets shut out the Tigers in both ends of Friday's twin bill, beating Towson, 5-0, and 1-0.

Brahms blanks Tigers over seven strong in 5-0 Hornets win

Parker Brahms (1-2, 1.88) took the mound for the Hornets to open Friday's doubleheader and was dominant against the Tigers. Brahms tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits. He did not walk a batter for the first time this season and struck out six.

Despite owning a 1.88 ERA in four games (four starts) this season, Brahms picked up what was just his first win of the year on Friday.

Brahms has gone seven innings in back-to-back starts for the Hornets. He threw seven innings of one-run ball at #3 UCLA but settled for a no decision. He has allowed just one run on seven hits over his last 14 innings of work. He has 14 strikeouts during that stretch.

Following Brahms was sophomore reliever Stone Churby, who had what was arguably the best outing of his young career. Churby went two perfect innings in relief, striking out five of the six batters he faced. In seven innings this season, Churby has 11 strikeouts.

The Hornets offense did most of their damage early, jumping on the Tigers for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Smith opened the inning with a base hit and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a Keith Torres walk, Ryan Walstad doubled home Smith for the game's first run.

Martin Vincelli-Simard brought Torres home with an RBI groundout before Steven Moretto doubled, scoring Walstad.

Up 3-0, the Hornets bats went silent before adding another run in the fifth thanks to a couple wild pitches by Towson. They scored their fifth and final run of the game in the sixth. Trevor Doyle tripled to right-center before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Evan Gibbons.

Walstad finished 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI in game one for the Hornets. Torres was 0-2, but drew two walks - bringing his season total to a team-high eight - and scored a run.

Hornets pitchers combine for shutout, 1-0, over Towson

In game two of Friday's doubleheader, pitchers Travis Adams, Travis Martizia, and Tanner Dalton combined for Sacramento State's second shutout of the night.

Adams was first up for the Hornets, throwing a career-high 95 pitches over five shutout innings. Despite allowing just three hits and no walks in five innings, Adams had to dance around runners in scoring position in each of his final three innings. He left runners stranded on third in both the fourth and fifth innings.

For the third straight game, Adams did not walk a batter while throwing five complete innings. With five shutout frames Friday, the freshman lowered his ERA to 1.76, second-best on the team.

Martizia (2-0, 3.97) earned the win for Sacramento State, his second of the season. He took over for Adams in the sixth and threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.

It was a strong bounceback outing for the right-hander, who ran into trouble in his last appearance, on the road at Saint Mary's. Martizia leads the Hornets with six appearances so far this season.

Dalton pitched the final two for the Hornets, earning his first save of the season. A senior, Dalton struck out four and gave up just one hit over his two scoreless frames. 

In every appearance this year, Dalton has gone at least two innings for the Hornets, including a career-high four in Sacramento State's 2-1 win at #3 UCLA. His 13.0 innings are the most out of the bullpen this season.

The Hornets offense struggled to get started in Friday's second game, but managed to scratch across the only run they needed in the home half of the seventh.

With two outs in the inning, head coach Reggie Christiansen went to pinch hitter Griffin McCormick. 0-for-2 this season entering Friday, McCormick delivered with a big two-out double down the left field line. Right behind him, Trevor Doyle followed through with an equally clutch two-out, RBI base hit to drive in McCormick.

The one run was all Sacramento State needed as they completed the shutout against Towson.

With back-to-back wins on Friday, the Hornets climb to 6-7 overall on the season while Towson falls to 1-8.

The two teams are scheduled for another doubleheader tomorrow, Saturday, March 9. First pitch for game one is set for 3 pm.

Sacramento State also added another game to their weekend schedule and will host the Simpson Red Hawks on Sunday, March 10. First pitch for Sunday's addition is also scheduled for 3 pm.

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