Sacramento State's thrill ride season continues.
On the heels of their first Western Athletic Conference baseball championship, the Hornets on Friday night beat Fresno State 8-3 in the WAC Tournament semifinals in Mesa, Ariz. to reach its first title game.
Second-seeded Sac State jumped to an early lead on a Clay Cederquist three-run double in the first inning. The former Fresno State player had three hits, as did Derrick Chung and Will Soto. David Del Grande and Brent Hottman each had two RBIs for the Hornets, who had nine hitters record a hit and seven score a run.
Freshman Brennan Leitao retired 13 consecutive Bulldogs at one point and struck out three, and relievers Garrett Kraemer and Tyler Hoelzen tossed shutout innings to advance the Hornets to Saturday night's title game against the winner of Saturday's Fresno State-Louisiana Tech consolation winner.
Sac State is in the midst of its best Division I season, having moved up from D-II in 1991. Sac State's 31 victories also mark the most the program has had in D-I.
- Joe Davidson
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