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The Sacramento State softball squad (2-4) enters its second week of the young season where the team will compete in this week's Santa Clara Marriott Bronco Classic. The three-day, four-team tournament features host Santa Clara, Sacramento State, San Diego and Iowa State. All four teams will play four games during the event.

Sacramento State begins tournament play on Friday against Santa Clara at 5:30 p.m., followed by Saturday games against San Diego (12:30 p.m.) and Iowa State (3 p.m.), as well as a Sunday title against San Diego again at 3 p.m.

Both Sacramento State and San Diego will enter the tournament with 2-4 records while Iowa State is 8-1 and Santa Clara is 0-5.

The Hornets are a combined 100-35 all-time against this week's opponents, including a 69-21 record against Santa Clara, 27-8 against San Diego, and 4-6 vs. Iowa State.

Sacramento State is in the midst of a stretch that will see the team play each of its first 14, and 21 of its first 22 games of the season away from home. The only contest at Shea Stadium during that stretch is the home opener against UC Davis on Tuesday, March 4. However, the Hornets have an eight-game homestand in mid-March, and will play 11 games inside the friendly confines during the final two weeks of March.

Santa Clara is providing live stats for every game of the tournament by clicking here.

Friday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
SCU Softball Field - Santa Clara, Calif.
Coverage: Live Stats
Series Record: Sacramento State Leads, 69-21
Last Meeting: W, 4-3, in Santa Clara (3/3/13)

Saturday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m.;  Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m.
SCU Softball Field - Santa Clara, Calif.
Coverage: Live Stats
Series Record: Sacramento State Leads, 27-8
Last Meeting: W, 7-1, in San Diego (4/29/13)

Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m.
SCU Softball Field - Santa Clara, Calif.
Coverage: Live Stats
Series Record: Iowa State Leads, 6-4
Last Meeting: L, 4-3, in San Luis Obispo (3/13/10)


• In the Hornets' two wins, the team is averaging 10 runs per game while hitting .422 with 18 RBIs and a .516 slugging percentage. In the team's four losses, the Hornets are averaging less than one run per contest while batting .210 with three RBIs and a .295 slugging percentage. In addition, Sacramento State is hitting .138 (4-for-29) with runners in scoring position during the four losses.

• There might not be a more unlucky pitcher in the nation right now than junior right-hander Caitlin Brooks. Somehow, Brooks has lost all three of her starts thus far despite a 1.09 ERA and allowing just three earned runs in 19.1 innings. Opponents are hitting just .209 when Brooks is in the circle, and she has 21 strikeouts compared to just six walks. In fact, Brooks has no walks and 16 strikeouts over her last two starts. She has received just two runs of offensive support from her teammates in her three appearances. The reigning first team all-Big Sky Conference selection has also gone the distance in all three of her starts.

• Opponents are hitting just .232 (29-for-125) with runners on base, and .157 (8-for-51) with runners in scoring position against Hornet pitching this season.

• The Hornets are 0-4 when scoring two runs or less, and 2-0 when scoring over that amount.

• Junior outfielder Alexa Chattleton and sophomore catcher Kortney Solis are the lone Hornets to reach base safely via hit or walk in all six games thus far. Chattleton currently has a career-high five-game hitting streak and is batting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles, a triple, two walks and a .474 on-base percentage over that five-game span. Dating back to last season, Chattleton has hit safely in nine of her last 10 games. Solis and right fielder Paige Martin are currently riding three-game hitting streaks.

• Junior outfielder Nicole Clark, who had just 54 career at-bats entering the season, is leading the team with a .455 batting average (5-for-11). She has started each of the last three games, and has multiple-hit games in two of those contests.

• Senior catcher/designated player Paris Prado has already accumulated six more at-bats than she received her first two years with the program. She is making the most of her opportunity, batting .375 (6-for-16) with a team-high three doubles and .563 slugging percentage. Prado had hit safely in each of her first four games until going 0-for-3 against UC Riverside on Sunday.

• The Hornets currently have seven players hitting above .300, comprised of Nicole Clark (.455), Kortney Solis (400), Paris Prado (.375), Paige Castro (.353), Alexa Chattleton (.333), Kayla Papez (.333) and Alexis Martinez (.308). Martinez has a team-high four RBIs after returning from a knee injury which forced her to miss the final 36 games of last year.

• Twelve different position players have started at least one game this year, and Kortney Solis, Paige Castro, Sasha Margulies, Paige Martin and Alyssa Vanderdrink have started all six games.

• When fourth-year senior pitcher Taylor Stroud picked up the win against UC Riverside on Saturday, it was her 27th career victory in a Hornet uniform. That puts her all alone in 10th place in the Sacramento State Div. I era career record book, and she is just four wins shy of moving into seventh place on that list.

• The Hornets have yet to steal a base this season, while opponents are 11-for-11 in their stolen base opportunities.

• Sacramento State has combined to leave 50 runners on base this year, or an average of 8.3 per game.

• In all six games, Kortney Solis has batted third, Paige Martin in the cleanup spot, and Paige Castro ninth. No other spot in the lineup has been started by the same player in more than four games.

• Sophomore Makenzie Wayadande has scored runs in both her pinch running opportunities.

• Sophomore Kaitlyn Yerby's save against CSU Bakersfield on Saturday was the first by a Hornet pitcher since Taylor Stroud notched a save in a 3-2 victory at Santa Clara on March 2, 2013.

February 5, 2014 2014 SOFTBALL SEASON OUTLOOK