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BASEBALL EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO SEVEN WITH SATURDAY’S 6-3 WIN OVER RIDER

BASEBALL EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO SEVEN WITH SATURDAY’S 6-3 WIN OVER RIDER

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (11-7) won its seventh straight game Saturday afternoon, 6-3, against the Rider Broncs (5-11) at John Smith Field.

The seven-game win streak is Sacramento State's longest of the year and matches their season-best seven-game win streak from a year ago. It is team's longest streak since winning eight consecutive games from May 14 - 27 during the 2017 season.

After back-to-back come-from-behind wins yesterday and last Tuesday, Sacramento State never trailed on Saturday as they took down the Broncs.

The Hornets scored first with a run in the fourth inning before Rider tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the fifth.

Sacramento State responded with a three-run fifth, opening the game up to take a 4-1 lead. The Hornets had three of their 11 hits in the inning, as well as one of three sacrifice flies.

They added another in the sixth on a Dawsen Bacho RBI-triple and their last in the eighth inning on an Evan Gibbons sacrifice fly.

In total, the Sacramento State offense collected 11 hits - including three extra-base hits - five walks, and three sacrifice flies.

Seven of Sacramento State's nine starters had a hit in Saturday's win, and the two that didn't - Gibbons and Bronson Grubbs - each drove in one of the team's six runs.

Keith Torres, Griffin McCormick, Steven Moretto, and Bacho each had two hits in the game while five different players recorded an RBI. In addition, all six runs were scored by a different player.

"I thought we did a really nice job," said head coach Reggie Christiansen of his offense. "Our guys kept plugging away. The approach today, up and down the lineup, was there. It was a complete team effort today."

On the mound for the Hornets, Travis Adams continued his fantastic freshman campaign, throwing six innings of one-run ball.

Adams has five appearances this season, including four starts, and owns a team-best 1.69 ERA (4 er, 21.1 ip). He has struck out 18 and has yet to walk a batter this season. He is one of just five qualified pitchers in the nation to have done that.

The freshman right-hander also picked up his first win of the season, improving to 1-0 for the year.

"I try to keep my intensity up for every batter," Adams said when asked about his early success. "At this level, everyone is a good hitter, and you have to treat each of them like that.

"You can't ever take anyone lightly and that's been a big part of my success."

Adams needed just 78 pitches to get through six innings on Saturday, scattering three hits while striking out four.  

Behind Adams, Travis Martizia made his team-leading ninth appearance of the season, but ran into a little trouble, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

He was replaced by Austin Roberts, who threw 2.1 perfect innings. He struck out four and recorded his second save of the season.

Sacramento State has a chance for their second sweep of the year as they go up against the Rider Broncs again tomorrow, Sunday, March 17 in the third and final game of the series.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

More details on tomorrow's game and all upcoming Hornets baseball games can be found online at HornetSports.com by visiting the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage.