College Sports

Sac State, UC Davis play tonight at Raley Field

Sacramento State (25-23), in its only home game during a three-week stretch, will host Causeway rival UC Davis (26-19-1) at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Raley Field.

The Hornets are coming off a three-game sweep of Chicago State over the weekend, which qualified the defending Western Athletic Conference champions for the conference postseason tournament. The trip to Chicago capped a 10-day, 4,800-mile, four-state road trip.

UC Davis is coming off three losses at Big West Conference-leading and No. 6 nationally ranked UC Santa Barbara last weekend, including a 4-3 loss in 13 innings on Sunday.

Sac State has won nine of its last 10 games against UC Davis, including a 4-2 win in Davis on April 7. The Aggies beat the Hornets 6-3 last season at Raley Field for their lone win during that stretch.

Sac State’s pitching staff is seventh in Division I with a 1.18 WHIP (walks and hits allowed per inning) and ninth nationally in walks allowed per nine innings (2.35). UCD is sixth in D-I with 98 stolen bases and seventh in double plays.

Hornets senior shortstop Scotty Burcham is one of the hottest hitters in the nation. He has nine straight multi-hit games and has 14 multi-hit games over his last 18 contests, hitting .488 with a .511 on-base percentage during the streak.

Junior outfielder Nathan Lukes from Center High School is two hits from tying the Sac State record for career hits (229), and senior pitcher Brennan Leitao has been selected as one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award recognizes a player’s achievements for community service, character, classroom excellence and on-field performance.

UCD first baseman Nick Lynch leads Division with 26 doubles and is hitting a team-leading .367.

Call The Bee’s Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.