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BASEBALL SHUTS OUT CAL, 6-0, TUESDAY AT JOHN SMITH FIELD

BASEBALL SHUTS OUT CAL, 6-0, TUESDAY AT JOHN SMITH FIELD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State Hornets (16-8, 2-1 WAC) shut out the California Golden Bears (11-11, 2-4 Pac-12) Tuesday night at John Smith Field, 6-0. The Hornets held the hot Cal offense to just four total hits in the shutout win.

It was a staff day from the beginning for Sacramento State as the Hornets opened Tuesday night with Austin Roberts on the mound. Roberts threw two shutout innings for the Hornets, picking up his third win of the season, before six more Hornets pitchers combined for another seven shutout frames.

"That was a great win," said head coach Reggie Christiansen after the game. "Piecing it together like they did, especially with those seven different guys."

Following Roberts was Brahms, who threw a perfect third inning, before Dash Dunham threw a scoreless fourth.

Travis Martizia was next with another 1-2-3 inning before Stone Churby struck out five over two innings of work.

Brady Rodriguez pitched a perfect eighth and Tanner Dalton sealed the deal with a shutout ninth inning.

In total, the seven pitchers combined allow just four hits and three walks over nine shutout innings while striking out 13.

Offensively, Sacramento State scored two runs in each the second, third, and seventh innings.

In the second, Sacramento State took advantage of wild Bears pitching, drawing two bases-loaded walks to take an early 2-0 lead.

They doubled that lead in the third thanks to an RBI-single by Ryan Walstad and a perfect squeeze bunt by Keith Torres.

Steven Moretto made it a 5-0 game in the seventh, blasting a two-out, solo home run to left.

The home run was his second in his last three games and his third this season. Walstad and Torres followed with back-to-back hits and, with the help of a Cal error, scored the second run of the inning to make it 6-0.

Walstad finished his night going 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI. The four hits are a career high for Walstad.

"Offensively, I thought we did some really good things tonight," added Christiansen. "Eight, nine, 10 games ago we made some adjustments to our approach and the guys have really bought it and you're starting to see that working."

The win against Cal Tuesday night is Sacramento State's fourth shutout win of the season, the most in the Western Athletic Conference.

It was also the team's second straight win against Cal, having defeated the Bears, 4-1, on the road in Berkley, last season.

In addition, Tuesday night's win is Sacramento State's second against a Pac-12 team this season, the first a 2-1 win over No. 3 UCLA on the road in Los Angeles.

"It was an awesome win," Christiansen. "It's exciting for our guys to have an opportunity to play against a Pac-12 opponent at home.

"The crowd was good, the parking structure was full, and it was good to see our guys come out excited and competing the way they did."

Tuesday night's 6-0 shutout win wraps Sacramento State's season-long 13 game homestand, which began on Friday, March 8. The Hornets went 12-1 during the homestand and have now won 13 of their last 15 games dating back to March 3's win at UCLA.

Up next for the Hornets is a road conference series at WAC newcomer Cal Baptist. The three-game weekend series is scheduled to start Friday, March 29.

"Were going to be tested this weekend," said Christiansen of the Cal Baptist Lancers. "Cal Baptist is a very good club and it is going to be a test on the road for us but we're certainly looking forward to it."

First pitch for Friday's series opener is scheduled for 5:00 pm PT. More details on Friday's game and all upcoming Hornets baseball games can be found online at HornetSports.com by visiting the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage.