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BASEBALL BACK IN SAC, HOSTS GRAND CANYON IN FOUR-GAME WEEKEND SERIES

BASEBALL BACK IN SAC, HOSTS GRAND CANYON IN FOUR-GAME WEEKEND SERIES

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After a long week on the road during which the Hornets played six times, Sacramento State is back at John Smith Field for a big weekend against WAC rival Grand Canyon. The Hornets and Antelopes will play four times this weekend, starting Friday night at 5 p.m. A Saturday doubleheader will follow with Sunday's finale set for 1 pm PT. Links for live streams on the WAC Digital Network and live stats on Hornet Stats are available below. 

At Bat This Week

This is the busiest week of the season for Sacramento State as the team returns to John Smith Field following a two-game set at Kansas on Tuesday and Wednesday. With just one day off, the Hornets will welcome WAC rival Grand Canyon to the John for a four game series, Friday through Sunday.

vs. Grand Canyon
John Smith Field // Sacramento, Calif.

  • Friday, April 30 // 5 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, May 1 // Game 1 // 2 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, May 1 // Game 2 // TBD
  • Sunday, May 2 // 1 p.m. PT
Live Stream: WACDigitalNetwork.com
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStBaseball

On Deck

at Cal Baptist
James W. Totman Stadium // Riverside, Calif.
Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9 // Times vary

Against Grand Canyon

This weekend's series between Sacramento State and Grand Canyon will be games 31-34 all-time for the two programs. Sacramento State holds a slight advantage in the all-time series, 18 games to 12.

Sacramento State has won four straight against the Lopes as the two teams have over the last few seasons been among the top two or three programs in the WAC. Among the Hornets' four straight wins are two in the 2019 WAC Tournament, including a thrilling 11-inning walk-off. Sacramento State has won three straight tournament games against the Lopes, dating back to 2018. 

Over the last 10 games, however, things are more even, with the Hornets ahead, 6-4. In Sacramento, the Hornets are 10-5 against Grand Canyon when playing at home at John Smith Field. 

About Last Series

Sacramento State split a two-game series earlier this week on the road at Kansas. The trip was the first to Hoglund Ballpark for the Hornets and the team made themselves at home, hitting their way to an 11-6 win in Tuesday's game one. 

Nick Iwasa set a career-high with three hits and three RBIs in the win while Steven Moretto and Matt Smith each added three hits of their own. LHP Brady Rodriguez earned his sixth win of the year in relief and Dylan McPhillips hit his second home run.

Kansas returned the favor on Wednesday, however, coming from behind to defeat the Hornets, 6-4. RHP Travis Martizia was saddled with the loss, though the trio of Iwasa, Moretto, and Smith continued to hit, each collecting two more in the loss. Martin Vincelli-Simard homered for the Hornets, his fifth of the year and second in his last three games. 

Randall Leads the Nation

Starter Scott Randall leads the nation in strikeout to walk ratio, posting a spectacular 17.75 K:BB ratio after his last start at Northern Colorado. In 59.1 innings of work, Randall has punched out 71 while walking just four. 

Randall has walked one batter in four games and has not issued two walks in the same game since May 31, 2019, a stretch of 13 games and almost two years. 

Randall has twice this season struck out 14 in one game without issuing a walk, including his latest start at Northern Colorado on April 23. 

All-Time Hits Leader, Matt Smith

Last Sunday, senior outfielder Matt Smith became Sacramento State's all-time hits leader, collecting career hit no. 245 and passing the former leader, current Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer, Nathan Lukes (244). Matt Smith reached hit number 245 in his 787th career at bat in his 205th game.

Smith leads the team this season with a .365 average and has 42 hits in 30 games. 

Have A Day (Or Two), Iwasa

Making just his second and third starts of the season this week at Kansas, infielder Nick Iwasa made his presence in the lineup felt, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs on Tuesday, both career-highs for the junior. Iwasa followed that up with two more hits and another RBI on Wednesday. In two games at Kansas, Iwasa was 5-for-8 (.625) with a double, four RBIs, and three runs scored while posting a .667 OBP. 

Doyle's Multi-Hit Streak

Sophomore outfielder Trevor Doyle has been on a tear at the plate, hitting safely in seven straight. Included in that seven-game streak if a five-game multi-hit streak. During this seven-game hit streak, Doyle is hitting .455 (15-33) with an even .500 OBP. He has three doubles, seven RBIs, and nine runs scored over those seven games, as well. 

For the season, Doyle has a team-leading 16 multi-hit games, including a career-best four hit game on March 21 at Utah Valley.

- For complete series notes, CLICK HERE. -