UC Davis 8, Sac State
By Editor Rick
Davis, Calif. – The Aggies (13-25) got six strong
innings out of starter Justin Mullins (1-4) and the offense scored seven runs by the fourth
inning to take the first game of this year’s Diamond Causeway Classic 8-2 on a muggy, warm day
at Dobbins Field.
Sacramento State (23-19) has now lost four in a row
(they were swept by New Mexico State last weekend), and UC Davis has won four in a row, having
swept the Tigers of UOP last weekend.
UCD pitcher Justin Mullins worked six
innings to earn his first victory of the year against Sac State.
UC Davis scored an unearned run in the second inning off Hornets’ midweek starter Tanner Olson
In the home half of the third, Brad Pluschkell led off
with a single and went to second on Tanner Bily’s walk. Alex Aguiar
singled in a run. With runners at second and first, Tanner Olson got left-hander batter Cameron
Olson to hit into a 3-6-1 double
But then freshman Logan Denholm (Oak Ridge High) doubled
in Bily to make it 3-0. And when Olson walked the next batter, Coach Reggie Christiansen sought
Austin Root (Oak Ridge High) from the bullpen, ending Olson’s short outing (2.2 IP, 5ER,
Root plunked the next hitter to load the bases. Aggies’
freshman Caleb Van Blake singled in two more runs to give UC Davis a 5-0
Riding a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning, Mullins had
retired the first nine batters when Bronson Grubbs (Pleasant Grove) broke up the no-hitter with
a single. Two outs later, Matt Smith (El Dorado High) also singled, but Mullins preserved the
whitewash, stranding the runners.
In the Aggies’ fourth, Christiansen brought in Friday
starter Sam Long for an inning of work, and Davis made him pay. The first hitter Pluschkell
worked a full count and then singled off the left-handed Long (Del Campo High). On the very
first pitch he saw, Bily blasted a home run over the left field wall to give the Aggies a 7-0
Long bore down and struck out the next four hitters.
That's right--four in a row, as the third batter's strike three pitch bounced to the
backstop to continue the inning. Long fanned the next man up to record the rare
“4 Punchouts in a Frame.
State battled back, scoring twice in the sixth inning on
Josh Egan’s sacrifice fly and Brandon Hunley’s hot smash that was mishandled for an error by
Davis’ shortstop, Pluschkell. That made it 7-2 and ended Mullins’ afternoon.
But UCD answered when Cameron Olson hit a solo smash
over the right field wall for his third home run of the year. In the final three innings Aggies
relievers allowed just one hit to preserve the 8-2 victory, their first over the Hornets at
Dobbins Stadium in six games.
UC Davis starter Mullins was backed by a solid defense,
notably outfielder Alex Aguiar who made two great catches in left field, including a sensational
catch leaping high against the fence to rob Trent Goodrich of extra bases in the first
Over his six innings, Mullins allowed seven hits, two
runs (one earned), walked none and fanned five. With this impressive outing his earned run
average dropped from 5.40 to 4.58.
Van Blake led all hitters going 3-for-4 with a double
and a triple. Pluschkell
and Bily each went 2-for-4 with the latter knocking two with his home run. Grubbs and
Goodrich both had a pair of hits for the Hornets, who totaled eight for the
These two teams meet again next Tuesday with the Hornets
hosting UC Davis at John Smith Field. Game time is 3 p.m.
UCD coeds enjoying the game against Sac
Hornets Lose Series Finale 13-6--Swept
By New Mexico State
(Sac State Media Relations with an editorial
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State used five
home runs for a 13-6 victory over Sacramento State on Sunday in Las
New Mexico State (25-18, 13-5 WAC) moved into
sole possession of second place in the WAC with the win. Sacramento State (25-18, 12-6 WAC) drops
to a share of third place in the conference.
The Hornets outhit the Aggies 15-10 on Sunday
and had scoring opportunities in each of the last eighth innings of the game, generating 16 at-bats
with runners in scoring position in the game. Senior Chris Lewis hit his fourth home run of the
season while Dan Deely, Gunner Pollman and Trent Goodrich all had three-hit games, with the latter
driving in two runs.
Sacramento State took the early lead again on
Sunday as Lewis launched a solo home run in the second inning. New Mexico State came back with a
2-run homer in the bottom of the third but the Hornets drew even when Goodrich drove in Deely with
a single in the fourth.
The Hornets jumped to a 5-2 lead with three runs
in the top of the fifth. Lewis led off with a single before sophomore Andrew McWilliam drove him in
with an RBI triple. McWilliam would score on a sacrifice fly from Pollman, and Deely drove in the
third run of the inning.
The Aggies answered immediately with three runs
in the bottom of the third to tie it 5-5, and in the home half of the sixth inning NMSU opened
things up with five runs on four hits, with three of the four hits home runs. New Mexico State
finished the scoring with three runs in the eighth inning on a 3-run homer by Daniel Johnson, his
second home run of the game.
Johnson homered in each game of the series, and
over the three games he hit 10-for-15 (.667) with four home runs, 13 RBIs, seven runs scored, and a
stolen base. Senior Grant Kukuk was handed just his second loss of the year for the Hornets.
Sac State hit a solid .290 for the series,
as Pollman hit .500 (5-for-10) and Deely hit .455 (5-for-11). But the slugging Aggies built on
their WAC-leading scoring average and swept the Capital City
The Hornets conclude a stretch of eight of nine
games on the road with the first of two meetings with Causeway rival UC Davis. The foes will meet
at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Davis.
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Takes Series with 7-4 Win On Sunday in Berkeley
(Cal Media Relations with an editorial
BERKELEY, Calif. — California lost
the rubber match of a three-game series to Washington 7-4 at Evans Diamond
The Golden Bears’ (24-16, 10-11) scored three
runs in the third inning when catcher Brett Cumberland launched a three-run home run. It was
his Pac-12 Conference leading 12th home run on the season.
The Huskies’ (25-15, 11-7) scored three runs off
Cal’s starting pitcher Matt Ladrech (3-3) who went 3.0 innings before being replaced by Joey
Matulovich who got the loss (0-1). Following Cumberland’s home run in the bottom half of the
third, which tied the game, Washington retook the lead in the top of the fourth with a RBI
Cal had the bases loaded with no outs in the
bottom of the ninth but could only score once, as Robbie
Tenerowicz lined out, Cumberland struck out (for the third time in the game for just
the third time this year), and Mitchell Kranson grounded out to end Cal's chances of a
comeback against the Huskies closer and Pac-12 saves leader, Troy Rallings.
Aaron Knapp (Granite Bay High) and Brian Celsi
(Jesuit) both had one hit in three at bats.
Parker Hits Three Homers, River Cats Crush Bees Again
(River Cats Media Relations with an
Salt Lake City, UT
The River Cats came out swinging on Sunday, crushing the Bees 16-6 in the series finale in Salt
Lake. Starter Chris Stratton settled in after a rough first inning to earn his third victory, and
the offense again jumped all over the Bees pitching staff to finish off a historic offensive
The River Cats offense has been on fire since
landing in Salt Lake – they’ve piled up 48 runs over the four games and have collected 72 hits. The
red hot offense put together innings in which they scored four, five, six, and nine runs, and they
averaged 12 runs per game during the four game stretch. Every Sacramento starter recorded at least
one hit in three of the four contests, and the team tied a franchise record for hits in a game on
Saturday with 24. The team batting average has jumped 35 points since April 26 and is now at
This afternoon’s hitting clinic was highlighted
by Jarrett Parker’s three home runs and a four-hit game from Miguel Olivo. Olivo came one hit shy
of the cycle for the second straight day, going four-for-five with a double, a home run, four runs
scored and an RBI. George Kottaras added his first home run of the year, while Ryan Lollis
continued his strong play with a 3-for-6 day including two doubles.
Stratton, the former first-rounder, would settle
in nicely to get through six and earn his third win of the year. He finished the day with six
innings pitched, six runs (five earned) on six hits, walking one and striking out two.
Outfielder Mac Williamson was pulled from the
game in the seventh inning after going 1-for-4 with a single and a run. It appears he may be headed
to Cincinnati to join the San Francisco Giants as Angel Pagan today suffered a minor leg injury
while running the bases.
Cats Offense Explodes on Bees, Snaps Streak In 14-1 Blowout
(River Cats Media Relations)
Salt Lake City, Utah – On a cold, windy night in
Salt Lake City, the Sacramento River Cats (9-14) finally ended their 10-game losing streak against
the Salt Lake Bees (15-8). Sacramento racked up 14 runs and tied a franchise-high with 24 hits.
Grant Green, Ramiro Pena, and Miguel Olivo led the way for Sacramento, each coming up one hit shy
of a cycle.
For the second night in a row, the River Cats were able to get off to a fast start thanks in part
to Green, who hit a two-run home run in the second inning, to give Sacramento a 3-0 lead. The first
baseman added a two-run triple in the fifth inning, his first of the season. On the night, he
finished 3-for-6 with two runs and a season-high five RBI.
Not to be outdone was Pena, who added his own solo-home run in the fifth inning. The switch-hitter
not only extended his hitting streak to five games, but went 3-for-4 with three runs, falling a
triple shy. Last but certainly not least was the Olivo, who notched three hits of his own in six at
bats. The veteran catcher had a single, double, triple, and two RBI on the night.
It was a breakout night for the Sacramento offense as a whole, as every starter registered at least
two hits with six ‘Cats picking up at least three. All eight River Cats position players improved
their respective batting averages and brought the team average from .263 to .278. In the three
games this series, the River Cats have totaled 54 hits (18 per game) and scored 32 total
Not lost in the offensive output for Sacramento was starting pitcher Ty Blach’s superb outing. The
left-hander came into tonight’s game 0-2 against Salt Lake this season, posting a 10.38 ERA in 8
2/3 innings pitched. Tonight was a much different story for Blach, however, as the southpaw began
the game by retiring the first 10 batters he faced, not allowing a baserunner until the fourth
Last year’s Pacific Coast Leader in innings pitched (165 1/3), Blach went a season-high 7 2/3
innings in tonight’s outing, allowing one run (unearned) on six hits and three walks while striking
out three. He would finish the night setting a season-high in pitches thrown with 98, 66 of which
went for strikes, along with picking up his third win and lowering his ERA from 5.95 to
Mexico State Takes Game Two 6-2 Over Sac State
By Editor Rick Cabral
Las Cruces, New Mexico—The Aggies of New Mexico State
(24-18, 12-5 WAC) continued shelling Sacramento State (25-17, 12-5 WAC) pitching today, claiming
Game Two 6-2, and assuring a series win.
Coming into this important series Hornets head coach
Reggie Christiansen knew that New Mexico State was the highest scoring team in the conference,
averaging nearly six runs a game, with a team batting average of .282, good for second place in
Yesterday, the Ags pounded Hornets starter Sam Long
(4-6) and two relievers to the tune of 14 runs on 18 hits (Long allowed nine earned runs on 11
hits). Today, the Aggies continued the drumbeat off starter Max Karnos, who permitted six runs
(five earned), 13 hits (five doubles and two home runs) in six innings of work. That, despite a
brilliant, Houdini-esque defensive play by the pitcher.
With the victory, the Aggies climb into a shared
second-place spot with the Hornets.
The Hornets opened the scoring in the first inning when
Bronson Grubbs greeted New Mexico State freshman pitcher Kyle Bradish with a single. Chris
Lewis’ fly ball down the right field line was caught. Grubbs tagged and outfielder Dan Hetzel’s
throw to second base scooted into left field, and Grubbs scrambled to third base. He was knocked
in by Andrew McWilliam’s RBI single. Dan Smith (El Dorado High) followed with a single, but the
two runners were stranded, and Sac State had to be satisfied with a 1-o
In the second inning New Mexico State’s leadoff hitter
Hetzel singled up the middle. KJ Hatch hit a chopper up the middle and Karnos the
Magnificent—with his back to the backstop—kicked the ball up to his glove as if he was playing a
game of hacky sack to start a perfectly completed 1-6-3 double play. Good thing he did, too, as
the next two hitters singled. But Karnos retired the fifth batter in the inning to stop the
The Aggies scored three runs off Karnos in the third
inning on a two-run homer by Daniel “Call Me the Hitman” Johnson, followed by a RBI single by
Vinny Esposito (Granite Bay High) launched an inside
fast ball over the left field wall in the fourth inning to cut the Aggies’ lead to 3-2. It was
the sophomore’s second long ball of the season.
In the home half of the fourth inning Sac State
shortstop Trent Goodrich couldn’t field Brent Sukari’s chopper and the runner hustled to second
base (it was ruled a single and E-6 error). Karnos got two quick strikes on Johnson, but the
left-handed hitter golfed a low inside pitch for a double and his third hit of the game. That
scored Sukari, giving the Aggies a 4-2 lead.
In the sixth inning, New Mexico State struck again off
Karnos, who allowed a lead0ff home run to Mason Fishback, and later an RBI double by his nemesis
Christiansen replaced Kontos in the seventh inning with
Jonny Palsha, who spun two shutdown innings. He even retired Johnson on a groundout in the
eighth, spoiling the hitter’s chance to hit for the cycle. Johnson went 4-for-5 with two
doubles, a home run, four runs batted in for a total of 10 bases.
Four other Aggies hitters went 2-for-4 today. The
Hornets managed eight hits total, two by Smith and two by the catcher, Gunner
Besides Esposito’s round tripper, and Karnos’
magnificent play, there was one other bright spot for the Hornets: Pollman continued living up
to his given name, throwing out another attempted base stealer today for his WAC-leading
23rd caught stealing.
The two teams conclude the series tomorrow
Tenerowicz Drove in
4 and Dodson Tossed Seven Strong In 7-1 Win
(Cal Athletics Media Relations)
BERKELEY, Calif. – The California Golden Bears (24-15, 10-10 Pac-12) picked up
a big 7-1 win to even the series with the Washington Huskies (24-15, 10-7 Pac-12) on Saturday
night at Evans Diamond.
Junior second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz was 2-for-3 with four RBI on the
night, and freshman righty Tanner Dodson (2-3) of Jesuit High of was excellent in his seven
innings, scattering seven hits, allowing just one run and striking out four Huskies. Senior
third baseman Mitchell Kranson pitched in with a big two-run single in a four-run seventh,
giving the Bears an opportunity to win the series on Sunday.
Huskies Take Game One from Bears 4-2 in
by Editor Rick Cabral
Berkeley, Calif -- Washington's John Naff
snapped a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning when he smoked Erik Martinez' fastball over the
centerfield fence with two outs, sending the Huskies to a 4-2 Game One win on a chilly night
With the win, Washington (24-14, 10-6 Pac-12) retains
a share of first place in the Pac-12. Cal (23-15, 9-10 Pac-12) meanwhile, with pitcher Ryan
Mason back on the hill, has now dropped eight of its last nine conference
One ray of sunshine for the Bears on a windy, chilly
night by the Bay was designated hitter Devin Pearson, who went 2-for-4, including his solo
shot over the left field in the seventh inning that tied the game
Ryan Mason returned to the mound after missing a start last weekend. Here the
Auburn native delivers a pitch to Washington batter KJ Brady in the first
Pearson, who came into the game with the lowest batting average of the Bears starters at .227,
doubled in the second inning to start a Cal rally that resulted in the game’s first
They could have gotten more in that frame, but the first
of California’s physical and mental mistakes surfaced. With runners at the corners, and Robbie
Tenerowicz--the Bears' hottest hitter of late--at the plate Brian Celsi (Jesuit) was caught
napping off first base for the third out.
Mason, the 6’5” right-hander from Placer High, missed a
start last weekend against the red-hot Arizona Wildcats. Tonight, he went 5.1 innings, allowing
two earned runs on seven hits and two walks. He had three strikeouts on 73 total pitches (49 for
Washington scored solo runs off Mason (5-2) in the
fifth and sixth innings to tie and take the lead respectively.
In the fifth with none out, Huskies’ Levi Jordan dropped
a showcase bunt down the third base line, a surprise with two strikes. Next hitter AJ
Graffanino made several attempts to bunt and during the at bat, Jordan took second base on a
wild pitch; Mason’s second of the night. With two outs, Jack Meggs singled up the middle,
scoring Jordan to tie the game at 1-1.
In the Huskies sixth, with one out MJ Hubbs singled
through the left side. During the next at bat, he also took second base courtesy of a pitch in
the dirt, this time a passed ball on Bears catcher, Brett Cumberland. Naff singled to right
field and Celsi came up firing. Cumberland leaped in the air, came down with the
ball and applied the tag on Hubbs. But the runner knocked the ball from the
catcher's glove as he slid across the plate, giving Washington a 2-1
Meantime, Washington starting pitcher Noah Bremer (4-3)
from Berkeley was holding the potent Bears offense in check. But in the sixth, the Bears
responded. After Cumberland popped up, Mitchell Kranson doubled to right center, a ball that may
have hit the track stadium wall if not for the strong westerly winds. That was it for the
sophomore Bremer, who went 5.1 innings, giving up the one earned run on five hits and two
Reliever right hander Will Ballowe hit Nick
Halamandaris, and Cal sensed they had something going. Then
pinch hitter Jeffrey Mitchell Junior hit into a 6-4-3 double play, nicely turned by the Huskies
shortstop Graffanino, who ranged to his right, leaped to snag the high hopper and while in
mid-air flipped to second, where the ball was fired to first in time. The Washington fans, in
force tonight, cheered the sterling defensive play.
Washington sent Alex Nesbitt (2-1) to pitch the
seventh, and although he allowed Pearson's game-tying home run, he was the victor tonight.
Martinez (3-2), who has been the long reliever for the Bears in recent games, took the loss
despite giving up just one earned run on two hits. He looked strong, fanning five during
his nearly three innings of work.
In the Bears’ eighth inning, Washington sent to the
mound Troy Rallings, the Pac-12 saves leader. He walked Cumberland, giving Cal something to
cheer. Sean Peters pinch ran for the catcher. Rallings promptly struck out the next two Berkeley
When the reliever came out in the ninth, the score was
then 4-2 and Rallings retired the side, icing the Washington win, while earning his 13th
The Huskies outhit the Bears 10-7, while the home team
made two errors (a wild throw by Halamandaris on a double-play attempt, and an error by
shortstop by Preston Grand Pre (his 12th), who knocked in Cal’s first run in the second
Following the game, head coach David Esquer was
heard tongue lashing his veteran squad, reminding them of this missed
opportunity to take a game from the conference co-leader (Huskies share the top spot with
After the game, Mason summed the loss perfectly: “They
played a clean slate out there and we didn’t. That was the difference.” The senior pitcher said
he felt strong and was proud of keeping the ball low through most of his outing.
Mason said he could have gone deeper in the game if Cal had needed
Esquer added “Again, mistakes are the difference.
And we can feel sorry for ourselves or just not make mistakes.” He laughed, but you could hear
him crying as well, as Cal’s chances at a return to regional playoff action could be in jeopardy
if they don't rebound soon.
Cumberland, who still leads the conference in several offensive categories,
has cooled off of late, going 3-for-15 with one double, no homers and no RBI in his last five
games. Leadoff hitter Aaron Knapp (Granite Bay) had another tough game, going 0-4 as his
average dropped to .241. He continues to sparkle on defense in center
The two teams meet again Saturday night at 6 p.m.,
followed by an afternoon contest on Sunday. Saturday the Bears will send out freshman
pitcher Tanner Dodson of Jesuit.
It was Krazy Kids night at the ballyard, as Cal welcomed Little Leaguers
(and others with nothing else on their minds but just getting crazy) from the East
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SAC STATE DROPS SERIES OPENER 14-4 AT NEW MEXICO
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State used a six-run third inning to open up
a big early lead and went on to complete a 14-4 win in eight innings in the opener of a
three-game series against Sacramento State on Friday night in Las
Sacramento State (25-16, 12-4 WAC) saw its nine game winning streak against
the Aggies come to an end, losing to the team for the first time since 2013. New Mexico State
(23-18, 11-5 WAC) entered the game as the highest scoring team in the WAC and showed it on
The Aggies totaled 14 runs on 18 hits, both season highs against the
Hornets in WAC play. The Hornets put up four runs on eight hits, with freshman Matt Smith and
junior Brandon Hunley both going 2-for-4. Hunley hit a solo home run in the second inning
while Smith drove in two of the four Hornet runs.
Nogosek Saves Oregon’s 7-6 Victory Over
By Editor Rick Cabral
Stephen Nogosek (Woodcreek High) earned his
10th save of the season Wednesday night as Oregon
(18-16) held on to defeat No. 10 Oregon State (26-11) 7-6 at PK Park in
With the win, the Ducks snap a four-game losing
streak which began with their midweek loss to the Beavers, followed by a weekend sweep at
The Ducks blew open the contest by scoring seven runs in
the second inning. Oregon State chipped away at the deficit by scoring three runs in the third
inning and two more in the fifth.
Courtesy Oregon State Athletics
When Nogosek took the mound in the ninth the Ducks clung
to a two-run lead. The junior struck out the first hitter, then allowed a walk which ignited the
Beavers comeback hopes. Christian Donohue rifled a single to right field, but Ducks’ right
fielder Jakob Goldfarb allowed the ball to stream through his legs and roll to the
fence, allowing the runner to score and narrow the margin to 7-6. Donohue, standing at third
with one out, represented the tying run.
Pac-12 television announcer Ted Robinson was already
talking about the prospect of “free baseball” (i.e. extra innings) when Nick Madrigal (Elk Grove
High) stepped to the plate. Madrigal, who was 2-for-4 on the night and flashing a .358 average
entering the contest, battled Nogosek in a 2013 high school playoff classic en route to the
Herd’s section crown.
After a long at-bat, Nogosek got Madrigal to pop-up to
first base, stranding the runner. Then the
right-hander struck out Oregon State catcher Logan Ice for the third out to preserve the
With that performance Nogosek notched his
10th save and lowered his earned run average to 1.11. His ERA would place him
among the Top 10 rankings in Division 1, except his 24.1 innings do not meet the minimum
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HORNETS RALLY FOR 5-4 WIN OVER FRESNO STATE IN
(Sac State Media
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Trailing 4-2 with two out in the ninth inning
freshman Matt Smith (El Dorado High) delivered a 2-run single to tie the
score, and with two out in the bottom of the 11th junior Gunner Pollman delivered an RBI single to give Sacramento
State a 5-4 win over Fresno State on Wednesday night at Raley Field.
The game started out as a pitcher's duel and was scoreless into the seventh inning, with junior
Tanner Olson throwing six scoreless innings for the Hornets and allowing just four hits and no
Sacramento State (25-15) improved to 5-0 in extra-inning games this season
with its third walk-off victory of the year. The Hornets trailed Fresno State (26-16) 4-1
going to the bottom of the eighth inning but scored one run in the eighth, two in the ninth,
and the game winner in the 11th inning.
The Hornets currently are tied for first place in the Western Athletic
Conference with Seattle University at 12-3. Sacramento State has four more conference series
remaining, including this weekend's visit to third-place New Mexico State (Saturday's
game is televised--check your listings). That will be followed by a home series vs.
Utah Valley (May 6), Grand Canyon (May 13, away) and final series of the season against
rival Seattle (May 19, home).
Scattered in between are mid-week games against U.C. Davis (May 3, away and
May 10, home) and UOP (May 17, home).