BROOKS EARNS BIG SKY SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the first time this season, and sixth time of her career, Sacramento State pitcher Caitlin Brooks was named the Big Sky Conference's Pitcher of the Week.
A junior from Escalon, Calif., the right-hander helped Sacramento State to a 3-1 record at last week's Bronco Classic in Santa Clara. Brooks was dominant in both her starts, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA during the three-day tournament. She allowed just eight hits and one unearned run over 14.0 innings while walking two and striking out 15 batters. Of those eight hits allowed, only two went for extra bases, and opponents hit just .163 when she was in the circle.
Brooks, who was a first team all-Big Sky selection last year, received the weekly pitching honor from the conference on five occasions in 2013.
In Sunday's win over San Diego, Brooks tossed a three-hit shutout while walking two and striking out five over seven innings. She faced just six batters over the minimum, and did not allow a hit after the third inning.
In Friday's victory over Santa Clara, she allowed one unearned run while walking none and striking out a season-best 10 batters over seven innings. She threw 101 pitches and limited Bronco hitters to just five hits, three of which were singles.
Brooks has now gone 15 consecutive innings (spanning three appearances) without allowing an earned run. Despite her 2-3 record, she has a conference-leading 0.63 ERA this season and opponents are hitting just .190. In addition, she has tallied 36 strikeouts compared to just eight walks in 33.1 innings of work.
Sacramento State (5-5) returns to action later this week when the team takes part in the two-day, four-game Gael Classic in Moraga. The Hornets will take on both Santa Clara and Boise State on Saturday, and will face the same two teams on Sunday.