Despite leading twice in Sunday’s series finale against the visiting Dixie State Trailblazers, Sacramento State was unable to come away with the series sweep, falling to the Trailblazers, 7-5, at John Smith Field.
For Sacramento State (17-6, 10-2 WAC), the loss snaps an eight-game win streak. The loss was also the first at home this season for the Hornets, who are now 7-1 at the John. Dixie State is now 6-15 overall and 4-8 in league play.
The Trailblazers took back the lead for the third time in the seventh, scoring on back-to-back doubles against Hornets reliever Travis Martizia (2-1), who suffered his first loss of the year. The visiting Trailblazers added an insurance run in the ninth. Both runs were driven in by Dixie State’s Cade Spurlin, who entered the game in the seventh as a pinch-hitter. He finished 2-for-2 with a triple, a double, and two RBIs.
After scoring four runs on five hits through the first three innings, Sacramento State managed just one more run on one hit of the final six innings. The Hornets went down in order in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings.
Sunday’s loss snapped Sacramento State’s eight-game win streak and also thwarted the team’s efforts (for now) for the best start in program history. The 2021 Hornets are even with the 1993 squad, which started that season 17-6 overall, as well.
Despite wrapping up a four-game conference series Sunday afternoon, the Hornets will play one more before taking a break. Up next is a Monday afternoon non-conference matchup with the visiting Stanford Cardinal at 3 p.m. at John Smith Field.
The trip is Stanford’s first to Sacramento since the 2008 season when the Hornets beat the then number 17 Cardinal, 5-3.