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BASEBALL DROPS SERIES OPENER FRIDAY AGAINST GRAND CANYON

BASEBALL DROPS SERIES OPENER FRIDAY AGAINST GRAND CANYON

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State received a rough welcome Friday night when they returned home to John Smith Field for the first time nearly two weeks, falling to the Grand Canyon Lopes, 15-5, in seven innings.

The loss drops Sacramento State to 25-14 overall this season and 16-9 in the WAC. Grand Canyon improved to 24-15-1 overall and 17-4 in the WAC. 

Friday's result moved Grand Canyon into sole possession of second place, one game back of league-leading Cal Baptist (26-11, 18-3 WAC) and one game ahead of the Hornets.

Friday's game got off to a promising start as the Hornet scored four first inning runs, all with two outs. Freshman outfielder Hunter Dorraugh started the scoring, driving in two with a two-out base hit up the middle. Steven Moretto and Keith Torres each drove in a run, as well, both with infield singles, to cap the four-run first.

After Grand Canyon scored three of their own in the second, the Hornets answered with another run in the home half of the frame on a Ryan Walstad sacrifice fly. Already 5-3 through two innings, both teams looked poised to run on the score. 

Unfortunately for the Hornets, only Grand Canyon would continue to pile on, scoring runs in every inning other than the first, including three or more in three different innings and two or more in five of seven.

The 15-5 final in seven innings was Sacramento State's first 10-run, seven-inning loss at home since the 2012 season.

Coming off a career start on the road at Northern Colorado last Saturday, Travis Adams (5-2) was unable to repeat against the Lopes on Friday. The right-hander tossed a scoreless first but ultimately took his second loss of the season after allowing nine runs on nine hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out another three.

Left-hander Rylan Tinsley carried the rest of the game, throwing three innings in relief while allowing six runs on eight hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out one.

All of Sacramento State's offensive action took place early on with Dorraugh (1-4, R, 2 RBI) leading the way. Keith Torres had a team-high two hits and also drove in a run.

Fortunately for the Hornets, tomorrow is a new day and a new month as the team closes the book on April. Sacramento State finished the month 7-8, including 4-5 at home.

First pitch for tomorrow's doubleheader against Grand Canyon is set for 2 p.m. Both games will stream live online on the WAC Digital Network with live stats available at HornetStats.com. 

For the latest news, notes, schedule updates, and more, including direct links to streaming and live stats, be sure to visit the Sacramento State baseball schedule online at HornetSports.com.