JOHN SMITH FIELD
Sacramento State's John Smith Field opened in 1953, was renovated in 2002, and received lights for the first time during the 2016 season.read more
Reggie Christiansen, the 2012 and 2014 Western Athletic Conference coach of the year and Major League Baseball’s Northern California scouts Div. I Coach of the Year, enters his eighth year as head coach at Sacramento State in 2018. He took over the reigns of the program after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the associate head coach and recently signed a new seven-year contract extension that will keep him in Green and Gold through the 2024 season.
Among 24 Division I baseball teams in California, the Hornets have the 8th most wins over the last six seasons (2012-17). The team has won 200 total games since 2012, more than several perennial postseason qualifiers including Pepperdine, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, Cal, USC, and Fresno State. Sacramento State and Cal State Fullerton are the only Div. I California schools that have won at least 30 games in each of the last six seasons.
Over the last six seasons Christiansen’s program has received an All-American Honor (Rhys Hoskins), two all-West Region selections, five Freshman All-American Honors, four WAC Freshmen of the Year, and two WAC Player of the Year honors while Christiansen has twice been named the WAC Coach of the Year. The squad has also won 30 or more games in six straight seasons, the longest such streak since a string of nine straight 30-win seasons from 1985-1993.
Christiansen’s teams have won the WAC Tournament title in two of the last four seasons, making the first appearances in the NCAA Div. I Regionals in program history. In 2017 the Hornets were the No. 3 seed for the WAC Tournament and went 4-0 to clinch the WAC title, beating Seattle U, Northern Colorado, and CSU Bakersfield (twice) to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
Jake Angier was promoted to pitching coach in August 2016 after three season serving as the Hornets recruiting coordinator and assisting in several areas on the field as an assistant coach. Angier played for head coach Reggie Christiansen for two years at South Dakota State and served as an assistant coach with the Jackrabbits for three seasons before serving as the pitching coach at North Dakota State for three years. He has 10 years of Div. I coaching experience.
In his second season as pitching coach, Angier led the 2018 Hornet pitching staff to a new program record with 456 strikeouts, passing the previous record by 33 (423, 1988) and shattering the record for Div. I strikeouts of 412, set during his first season in 2017. For the second straight year, Angier’s staff led the WAC in nearly every pitching category, including ERA, hits allowed per nine, shutouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, WHIP, and walks-per-nine. Of those, the team’s seven shuouts (T-8th), 3.26 K:BB (5th), and 2.37 BB/9 (2nd) were among the top 10 in all of NCAA Div. I.
The team’s seven shutouts in 2018 were tied for second-most in program history. The team’s 140 walks (2nd), .255 opponent’s batting average (T-4th), and 14 saves (T-5th) were all top-5 marks in program history, as well. Under Angier, three pitchers were named to the All-WAC first or second team in 2018
Tim Wheeler was promoted to assistant coach in Auguest of 2017. In his current role, Wheeler will work with the team’s outfielders and hitters. He returned to his alma mater in 2017 after concluding a seven-year professional career that saw him play four seasons for the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate. He began his coaching career as a hitting coach with the Humboldt Crabs in the summer of 2016.
Wheeler, who was a first-round pick (32nd overall) of the Rockies in 2009, was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the team’s minors by MLB.com entering 2013. He became the program’s highest draft pick in history, as no Hornet had ever been taken prior to round four.
He hit 33 home runs with 86 RBIs and a .900 OPS at the double-A level in 2011 and reached triple-A in 2012. He appeared poised to reach the big leagues that year, but broke his right hamate bone in the season’s first week. He still hit .303 over 92 games in 2012 and continued to be a starting outfielder for the Triple-A Colorado Spring Sky Sox (and the Albuquerque Isotopes when affiliations changed) through the 2015 season. He hit .263 and totaled 78 home runs and 353 RBIs over his long professional career.
2018 is Dane Fujinaka’s first full season as the catching coach for the Sacramento State Hornets. A former Sacramento State player, Fujinaka returned to the Hornets in the summer of 2017 as the team’s volunteer assistant coach.
Fujinaka began his coaching career in 2016 as an assistant at Menlo College where the team posted a 35-22 overall record. The Aiea, Hawaii, native played his first three collegiate seasons at Sacramento State where he appeared in 152 games. He transferred to Menlo for his senior season and started all 54 games for the Oaks.
He started his coaching career during the 2017 season at Menlo where he worked under former Sacramento State assistant Jake McKinley. During the season, the Oaks went 34-20 overall and set numerous offensive records, including the top two single-season home run totals in school history.