Sacramento City sophomore outfielder Dan Sayre will attend Tennessee Wesleyan next fall.
Sacramento City sophomore shortstop, Nik McClaughry (Rocklin) will play for Arizona in 2021. In 15 games for the Panthers (15-2), he is hitting .294.
Baseball America came out with their Top 10 Under the Radar teams to watch for the upcoming 2020 season.
Sacramento State was on the list.
They may not always be the most talented team in the Western Athletic Conference and they may not often finish the season at the top of the standings, but the Hornets are the most consistent.
In 2020, they also happen to be the most talented team and the one projected to win the conference. Right-handers Parker Brahms, Scott Randall (Del Oro) and Eli Saul give Sac State a high-ceiling rotation and a lineup led by senior outfielder Matt Smith (El Dorado) should be improved. Suffice it to say that coach Reggie Christiansen’s program has the look of one ready to move from consistent winner in the WAC to a player on the national stage.
The other colleges on BA’s list included Boston College, Central Michigan, Samford, Iowa, Houston, McNeese State, San Diego State, South Alabama and UC Santa Barbara.
Senior outfielder Matt Smith (El Dorado) and junior right-hander Scott Randall (Del Oro) have been named to the Western Athletic Conference preseason all-conference team. In addition, Sacramento State was picked second in the coaches’ poll.
Smith is coming off a strong season in which he was named to the WAC first team all-conference as well as the WAC all-tournament team. The Placerville-native hit .311 with seven home runs, nine doubles, and 38 RBIs. He started 57 of the team’s 65 games, posted a 1.000 fielding percentage, and led the Hornets in average, slugging percentage (.478), runs score (43), total bases (109), and more.
He was even better in WAC play, hitting .436 with 15 extra base hits in 25 games. Smith posted a .500 on-base percentage and was 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts.
Randall was a preseason pick prior to the 2019 season and closed out the year with a spot on the league’s second team all-conference. In 17 games (15 starts), Randall posted an 8-2 record and a 2.59 ERA. He threw the team’s only complete game, shutting out the Cal Baptist Lancers on the road on just 99 pitches.
Randall led the team in ERA, win-loss percentage (.800), innings pitched (93.2), starts (15), and more in his second full season with the club.
With the selection of the pair, Sacramento State has now had two or more players selected to the WAC Preseason All-Conference Team in each of the last four seasons.
In addition to releasing the preseason all-conference team, the WAC also announced the preseason coaches’ poll, in which Sacramento State was selected to finish second. The Hornets received 71 total points and four first place votes, most in the league.
Grand Canyon was picked to finish atop the conference, finishing with 73 points and two first place votes. After the Hornets, New Mexico State was picked third, finishing with 66 points (two first place votes).
UT Rio Grande Valley received 55 points, also receiving two first place votes. 2020 is the first time since 2017 that four teams received a first-place vote.
Hornet baseball returns to John Smith Field when Sacramento State hosts the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Friday, Feb 14. Season tickets and single-game tickets are available now and the full schedule can be found online at HornetSports.com.
Sacramento City sophomore right-hander pitcher Aaron Rund (Will C. Wood) has committed to pitch for Campbell University in 2021.