Tuesday, May 3, 2021
By Sydney Roll, staff writer
Hey there, sports fans!

This week in sports, the Hornets' baseball team takes a huge loss in its series against Grand Canyon University. A similar fate befell the softball team, dropping 2-of-3 in its series against Idaho State. On a brighter note, Sac State's men's golf team took first place in the Big Sky Championship tournament, as well as two individual titles. Women's rowing won its first race of the season after grappling with complications related to a year-long hiatus. Watch senior outfielder Matt Smith at bat against Northern Colorado as he makes the swings that finalized his position as the all-time hit and RBI leader at Sac State. Our player of the week is the first woman at Sac State to break a record for fastest 5k ran since 2015 and now holds seventh place for fastest time. All these stories and more below!

Sac State baseball outscored by 26 runs in series loss to Grand Canyon University

Senior Ryan Walstad receives a ball at first base in the Hornets’ home game against Grand Canyon University on Sunday, May 2, 2021. In five at bats, Walstad claimed all three of Sac State’s RBIs during the game. Sydney Roll
The Hornets had seemingly fair odds going into their home series against evenly ranked Grand Canyon University last weekend. However, their 3-2 win on Sunday was far from enough to claim an overall victory against the Lopes. Grand Canyon led the series 35-9 over Sac State, leaving the Hornets firmly in their place as a distant third in WAC standings. 

The team's regrettable and substantial loss comes a week after the Hornets' tie with Northern Colorado and their series split with University of Kansas

Check out our detailed recap of how the Hornet's fell to Grand Canyon

Sac State softball drops 2 of 3 to Idaho State in last home series

Charizma Guzman pumps up her team before the start of the last of three games against Idaho State at Shea Stadium at Sacramento State on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The Hornets dropped 2 of 3 from the Bengals over the weekend. Deanna Sanchez
It was a bittersweet send-off for the Hornets softball team, as their senior celebration at Shea Stadium coincided with a series loss against Idaho State on Saturday. 

“We have a resilient team, and I have no doubt they will come back home and get back to work,” said head coach Lori Perez. “Our goal is to be playing our best during Big Sky Conference Tournament time."

Read more about how Sac State fell in their last home game of the season

Sac State women’s rowing team back in action

The Sac State women’s rowing team competes in a doubles race against Saint Mary’s College on April 10, 2021. That was the team's first competition in over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo courtesy of Hornet Athletics/Photo by Bob Solorio
After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, Sac State's women's rowing team did more than just dip their toes in the water as they managed to win their first race back. The varsity eight team beat St. Mary's College by a 20 second lead, and claimed the title of "Boat of the Week" from the American Athletic Conference. 

The team's co-captain, senior Helena Young weighed in on how training in a socially-distant and regulated environment affected the team's dynamic. 

“Training in pods was very different from what we have done in the past,” Young said. “It was hard in the sense that we didn’t get to see all our teammates and made the process of getting to know the new people harder and longer.”

Find out how the team adapted to COVID-19 restrictions, as well as how they plan to move forward

'Let the champagne bottle pop,' all-time hitting record broken

"It means the world," said senior outfielder Matt Smith on becoming the all-time school RBI and hit leader. 

Smith broke the record during the Hornets' winning game against Northern Colorado on April 25. 

"I think as long as you have a plan, know who you are and you stick with it, you'll have good success," said Smith.

Watch Sac State baseball's head coach reflect on the value Smith brings to the team.

Sac State men’s golf team wins Big Sky Tournament

Sacramento State sophomore Ethan Davidson swings out of the sand November 20, 2019 at Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove. Davidson achieved the best individual score, and the Hornets took home first place at the Big Sky Championship. Nijzel Dotson
Sac State's men's golf team won first place in the Big Sky Conference Tournament and is advancing to the NCAA Regional Championships. This marks the fourth championship for men's golf in Sac State history.

In addition to the overall conference win, sophomore Ethan Davidson took home a first-place individual title, and junior Jonathan Tanihana took home third place. The team's victory echoes the recent Big Sky Championship win from the women's golf team

Read this for more details on how Sac State fared in its first championship win since 2017

Cagnei Duncan

Track and Field
A portrait of senior distance runner Cagnei Duncan. Duncan is the first Hornet to break a school record for time in the 5K since 2015. Photo Courtesy of Hornet Athletics
Senior distance runner Cagnei Duncan surpassed her personal best and won the 5k in the Causeway Classic held at UC Davis on Friday. Duncan managed to beat her previous best by 23.33 seconds for a total time of 17:00.70, the fastest time since the all-time record was broken in 2015. She now holds the seventh fastest 5k time in school history, according to Sac State Athletics. 
Softball at Southern Utah
Noon &
2:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer
vs. Humboldt State
Baseball at California Baptist
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