OREM, Utah – Aaron Zeidman hit his first career home run Friday night, but it wasn't enough to propel Sacramento State (30-19, 15-7 WAC) to victory as the Hornets fell, 6-2, at Utah Valley (12-35, 8-14 WAC).
Zeidman entered Friday night's game late, taking over in right field in the fourth inning. In his first at bat of the night, the right-handed hitting freshman jumped all over the first pitch he saw, sending it deep to left field and out of the ballpark.
The solo shot gave Sacramento State its second run of the night and made it a 5-2 ballgame. It was the last of the scoring for the Hornets, however, as they were unable to score over the remaining five innings.
Utah Valley struck first, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against starter Austin Roberts and the Hornets. Sacramento State got one back in the third when Matt Smith singled home Trevor Doyle, making it a 2-1 game.
For Smith, the RBI-single was just one of three hits on the night. For the season, Smith is now hitting a team-high .329. He has been even better in conference play, hitting .462 against WAC opponents.
The Wolverines added three more in the fourth before Zeidman's fifth-inning blast made it 5-2. But Utah Valley got that one right back with a fifth-inning run of their own, making it 6-2.
Steven Moretto also had three hits for the Hornets, going 3-for-4. Combined, the trio of Zeidman, Smith, and Moretto were responsible for all seven of Sacramento State's hits on Friday.
With the loss, Sacramento State falls into a four-way tie for second place in the conference. Sacramento State, UTRGV, Cal Baptist, and Grand Canyon all sit at 15-7 in WAC play with just five conference games remaining.
Sacramento State holds the tie-breaker over both UTRGV and Cal Baptist and will face Grand Canyon in its final home series next weekend. Just one game back of the WAC-leading New Mexico State Aggies, the Hornets are still very much in the running for the regular season conference championship and the number one seed for the WAC Tournament.
Game two of this three-game set is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. The Hornets and Wolverines will get underway at 2 p.m. MT/1p.m. PT. Additionally, Utah Valley will celebrate its senior day before tomorrow's first game. Sacramento State seniors Bronson Grubbs and Tanner Dalton will also be recognized.
Tomorrow's matinee will stream live online both at HornetSports.com/Radio and on the WAC Digital Network. For more details on the game, including links to both radio and video broadcasts, be sure to visit the 2019 Sacramento State baseball homepage online at HornetSports.com.