SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the fourth time in the season's first six weeks, sophomore Caitlin Brooks has been named the Big Sky Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week.
Brooks, who easily leads the league with a 1.20 ERA, also earned the award on March 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 12.
This past week, the right-hander helped the Hornets to a 2-2 record at the Capital Classic after posting a 0.50 ERA, and limiting the opposition to four hits in 14.0 innings. Opponents hit just .089 against Brooks, which included a two-hit shutout against Fresno State. She allowed two walks and struck out seven batters during the week, and has now gone the distance in all 10 of her starts this season.
Against Fresno State, Brooks allowed just two singles while walking none in seven innings of work. In a game that lasted an hour and 13 minutes, the Escalon, Calif., native threw just 75 pitches, faced two batters over the minimum, and induced 13 fly ball outs and seven ground ball outs. Brooks retired the first seven batters she faced before allowing a third-inning single. She then retired 11 batters in a row before allowing an infield single to start the seventh inning, and followed that by retiring the final three batters in succession.
In the Hornets' 1-0 loss to Texas State, Brooks was the hard-luck losing pitcher, allowing just two hits and one run while walking two and striking out six over seven innings. Her only blemish was giving up a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Amazingly, Brooks has given up two hits or less in three straight starts. She is now 8-2 with a 1.20 ERA, and opponents are hitting just .160 against her this season. In addition, she owns a 3.4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (58 strikeouts, 17 walks).
Sacramento State (14-8) opens Big Sky Conference play for the first time ever later this week when it hosts a three-game series against Northern Colorado. The Hornets and Bears will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday at noon.