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Hornet Baseball Notes vs. Grand Canyon (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - There are just three games left for Sacramento State (31-21, 16-8 WAC) as they continue their battle for the top of the Western Athletic Conference. The Hornets host Grand Canyon (32-20, 17-7 WAC) in a three-game set starting Thursday, May 16 and running through Saturday, May 18. Even with just three games left, there is still very much to be decided as no team has clinched the conference championship or even secured a specific seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament. 

Note: With inclement weather expeccted in the forecast, game times are subject to change. Download the all-new Hornet Sports app for up-to-the-minute updates sent straight to your phone. HornetSports.com and @SacStBaseball on Twitter will provide updates, as well. 

How To Watch

Vs. Grand Canyon 'Lopes
John Smith Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Thursday, May 16 - Saturday, May 18
Watch: WACDigitalNetwork.com
Listen: HornetSports.com/Radio
Live Stats: HornetStats.com

Coming Up...

WAC Tournament
Hohokam Stadium // Mesa, Ariz.
Wednesday, May 22 - Sunday, May 26

Leading Off

Regular Season Finale Sacramento State hosts the Grand Canyon Antelopes Thursday through Saturday for their final regular season series. Sacramento State is ending the regular season at home for the eighth straight year.

California Leaders Sacramento State entered the 2019 campaign as one of just two Div. I programs in California with 30+ wins in each of the last seven seasons. The other - Cal State Fullerton - is unlikely to reach the 30-win milestone this year. 

Best In The West Since the start of the 2012 season, Sacramento State's 266 total wins are the sixth most among Div. I programs in the state of California.

Around the Horn

3: Regular season games remaining for all 10 WAC teams. All 10 will play Thurs. - Sat. this weekend.

2: Games separating the top five teams in the conference, all of which have a chance at the title.

1: Div. I program in California with 30+ wins in each season since the start of 2012 (Sac State).

About Last Game 

Sacramento State dropped its first home midweek game of the season on Tuesday, falling to the Saint Mary's Gaels, 6-3. Entering Tuesday night's tilt, the Hornets were 4-0 at home on Tuesdays, with wins over Cal, UC Davis, Nevada, and San Jose State. 

Evan Gibbons took the loss Tuesday, but set career highs in innings pitched (3.0) and strikeouts (4). All three of Sacramento State's runs came in the sixth inning. Steven Moretto, Ryan Walstad, and Michael Birch each knocked in a run. For Birch, the 2-for-3 game with an RBI was his best of the year.

Watching The WAC 

As the Western Athletics Conference heads into the final weekend of the regular season, everything remains up in the air. Five teams are within two games of each other at the top of the conference and all five still have a chance to win the regular season title.  

Sacramento State holds the tiebreakers over Cal Baptist and UTRGV, but not against New Mexico State. In order to have a chance at the regular season title, Sacramento State needs a sweep this weekend plus help from around the conference.

Ticket Punched

Four of the six spots in the upcoming WAC Baseball Tournament have been secured as NM State, UT Rio Grande Valley, Sacramento State and Grand Canyon have all clinched a trip to Hohokam Stadium. All four teams, plus Cal Baptist, are in the running for the regular season title with two weeks left, although CBU is not eligible for the tournament due to the transition to Division I. 

Ending At Home

Sacramento State wraps the regular season at home with a series against Grand Canyon at John Smith Field this week. For the season, the Hornets are 20-6 at home compared to 11-15 on the road. 

Sacramento State's 20 wins at home are its most since winning 20 at home in 2015 (20-11). The Hornets won 24 games at home in 2014 (24-8), most under head coach Reggie Christiansen.  

2019 is the eighth consecutive season in which Sacramento State ends the regular season at John Smith Field. The last time the Hornets concluded the regular season on the road came back in 2011, a four-game series at Nevada (not that far from home).

- For complete series notes vs. Grand Canyon, CLICK HERE.