Reggie Christiansen is here, there and everywhere.
The Sacramento State baseball coach makes the rounds on off days, stopping by high school games throughout Sacramento, Placer County and Elk Grove in search of prospects.
Sometimes, he’s in Hornets colors, sometimes not to blend with the crowd, though the radar gun generally gives him away. He studies and networks, convinced that athletes from an area known for the sport will produce championships.
“I love the recruiting process,” Christiansen said. “It’s fun to identify guys but not just the athletic part. We want to see how they react when they fail, when they strike out or in the infield, or when a pitcher gives up a big hit, because in college baseball, you’re going to fail.
“I want to see a kid who is 0 for 3 with three strikeouts, how he reacts. We identify guys who can play, and we also want the right attitude. This game is going to humble you, and if you can’t handle it, you won’t play for me.”
Sac State’s roster is heavy with local players, and area prep stars continue to sign with the Hornets. Christiansen is promoting a Hornets experience that includes seven night games at Raley Field this season, a good conference (Western Athletic) and an ambitious nonconference schedule in coming years, such as games at Auburn, Mississippi State and LSU. He wonders who can handle it.
– Joe Davidson
What to do/watch
NBA, Kings vs. Spurs,
7 p.m., Sleep Train Arena, CSNCA: San Antonio, a model of consistency for more than a decade, brings an 11-game winning streak to Sacramento.
What would draw you to attend Sacramento State baseball games?
• Winning record
• More games at Raley Field
• Ambitious schedule
• Local talent
• All the above
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Which school pulled off the biggest NCAA Tournament upset?
• Villanova, 1985: 39%
• Richmond, 1991: 3%
• Santa Clara, 1993: 18%
• N.C. State, 1983: 19%
• Princeton, 1996: 10%
• Duke, 1991: 7%
• Other: 4%
Total votes: 106
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