CHICAGO – Sacramento State (26-13, 12-3 WAC) closed out its weekend with a 10-1 win over Chicago State (10-26, 5-10 WAC), sweeping the Cougars in a three-game conference series. The sweep is Sacramento State's fourth this season and second against a conference opponent.
With the win, Sacramento State improved to 26-13 overall and 12-3 in the WAC. Through five weekends of conference play, the Hornets are alone in first place in the WAC, a full game ahead of both New Mexico State and UTRGV.
This weekend's sweep is the Hornets' fourth of the year and second against a WAC opponent. The Hornets swept CSU Bakersfield at home two weekends ago.
Evan Gibbons capped Saturday's win and the weekend with his first career home run, a two-run home run to straight away center, that made it a 10-1 game in the ninth. Gibbons had a team-high two hits in Saturday's win while also scoring twice and driving in two.
In total, the Hornets offense totaled 10 runs on eight hits while also drawing eight walks. All nine starters reached base at least once in the win while seven of nine scored a run.
Despite scoring 10 runs, the Hornets got off to a slow start Saturday, picking up just one hit in the first four innings.
Things changed when Sacramento State pieced together a four-run, two-out rally in the fifth inning. The Hornets took advantage of two wild pitches, four walks, and a Cougars error in the inning while Dawsen Bacho had a big two-out, two-run base hit in the frame.
Up 4-1, Sacramento State continued to add on, scoring two more runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Martin Vincelli-Simard and four more in the ninth, capped by Gibbons' first career home run.
On the mound, Parker Brahms picked up his fourth win of the season while lowering his ERA to 3.13 with seven strong innings on Saturday.
After allowing one run on a walk and a hit in the first, Brahms blanked the Cougars over the next six innings, striking out five and scattering just four more hits. He threw 97 pitches through seven innings before handing things over to the bullpen.
In his last three starts, Brahms is 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 23.0 innings of work.
Behind him, Brady Rodriguez threw two shutout innings to lock down the win and the sweep in Chicago State. The appearance was the 19th of the season for Rodriguez, tied for most on the team this year.
The Hornets have just one more road game before they return to John Smith Field. Sacramento State plays next on Tuesday, April 23 on the road at Cal. First pitch for Tuesday's game is set for 7 pm.
After that, Sacramento State returns home to host New Mexico State in a three-game weekend conference series. It will be the first time the two teams have faced off since last year's WAC Tournament Championship game.
For more details on Tuesday's game at Cal and on all upcoming games, be sure to visit the 2019 Hornet Baseball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.