SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State sophomores Caitlin Brooks and Paige Martin were named the Big Sky Conference's Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, it was announced today by the league. Sacramento State went 4-1 at last week's Mustang Classic in San Luis Obispo, and both Brooks and Martin played large roles in the team's success.
For Brooks, it marked the third time this season the right-hander has won the award (Feb. 12, Feb. 19). In addition, a Sacramento State player has received Big Sky pitcher of the week honors four times during the first five weeks of the season as freshman Jennifer Hartman earned the honor on March 5. Martin, who started all five games in right field last week, became the first Hornet to garner league player of the week honors.
Last week, Brooks went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, went the distance in both of her starts, and allowed just six hits and one unearned run with three strikeouts in 14.0 innings. Rutgers and tournament host Cal Poly combined to hit .125 off Brooks, which included just one extra base hit.
In the win over Cal Poly, she threw a two-hit shutout, allowing two singles and three walks while striking out three batters over seven innings. Brooks threw 102 pitches, did not allow a runner past second base, and retired 10 straight batters between the fourth and seventh innings. In the Hornets' win against Rutgers, the Escalon, Calif., native allowed just four hits and one unearned run in seven innings of work. She threw 99 pitches, retired nine straight batters from the third through the sixth innings, and set down 13 of the final 14 batters she faced.
Brooks has now gone the distance in all eight of her starts this season, and is 7-1 with a 1.35 ERA. She has allowed just 38 hits in 62.0 innings of work as opponents are batting .174 when she is in the circle. The seven wins are already one more than she recorded all of last season during her freshman campaign.
In five games last week, Martin hit .500 (9-for-18) with a double, two triples, four RBIs, a .778 slugging percentage and a .550 on-base percentage. She had multiple-hit games three times, hit safely in all but one game, and batted .556 (5-for-9) with runners in scoring position., .667 (8-for-12) with runners on base, and .500 (6-for-12) with two outs in an inning. In addition, Martin struck out just two times in 18 at-bats and was flawless defensively in right field.
The Vancouver, Wash., native went 3-for-3 with a walk, double, run and an RBI against Rutgers, 3-for-4 with a run, triple and two RBIs vs. Nevada, 2-for-3 with a run, triple and RBI against Northern Illinois and 1-for-4 in the Hornets' second game against Cal Poly. Her only hitless game during the week came in the Hornets' 2-0 win against Cal Poly on Saturday.
Overall this season, Martin is now batting .383 (23-for-60) with a .448 on-base percentage. She had a streak of reaching base safely via hit and/or walk in 13 consecutive games snapped when she went 0-for-4 against Cal Poly. In addition, Martin now has seven multiple-hit games this year, tied for most on the Hornets.
Sacramento State (12-6) returns to action later this week when the team hosts the 21st-annual Capital Classic Friday through Sunday at Shea Stadium. The Hornets will play four times during the three-day tournament, beginning on Friday vs. Texas State at noon.