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SOFTBALL SIGNS PLEASANT GROVE HIGH SCHOOL PITCHER CELINA MATTHIAS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State head softball coach Lori Perez announced today that Pleasant Grove High School pitcher Celina Matthias has signed a National Letter of Intent, and will enroll at the University in the fall.

Including the three players that signed early in November, all four student-athletes from the Hornets' 2015 recruiting class are local products and played ASA ball for the Lady Magic of Elk Grove. The three players that signed early consist of Sheldon High School second baseman Zamari Hinton, Pleasant Grove High School shortstop/outfielder Marissa Maligad, and Center High School corner infielder Cassidy Martin.

Maligad and Matthias are currently in their fourth season as teammates on the varsity squad at Pleasant Grove.

A 5-foot-8 native of Elk Grove, Matthias is currently 8-4 with a 1.45 ERA for an Eagles squad that is 16-4-1 overall and 4-1 in the Delta River League. The right-hander has struck out 88 batters and has nearly a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 82.1 innings pitched. Her strikeout total currently leads the league and the ERA is the Delta River League's second best mark.

A first team all-league selection as a junior, she helped Pleasant Grove to a 2013 conference championship as well as a 22-11 overall record and 8-2 mark in league. That season, she was 15-8 with a 2.51 ERA, and posted a league-best 161 strikeouts in 153.2 innings.

For her career, Matthias is 34-22 with a 2.17 ERA, and has struck out 369 batters in 367.2 innings of work while limiting opponents to a .221 batting average. She has posted ERA's of 2.68 or lower in all four of her seasons at Pleasant Grove, and the team has combined to go 73-36-1 overall and 26-9 in league during her career.

"We are excited to have Celina join the Hornet softball family," Perez said. "She is a competitor and someone who wants the ball when the game is on the line. I am looking forward to watching her grow as a pitcher and teaching her the skills necessary to be successful at this level. Her competitive background and work ethic make her a tremendous asset to our pitching staff."

Sacramento State (19-18, 7-4 Big Sky Conference) has just seven games remaining on its regular season schedule, and is one of four teams with a shot at winning the league's regular season title and hosting the Big Sky Championship on May 8-10.

2015 Sacramento State Signees

Name Pos. Yr. Ht. B/T Hometown/Current School
Zamari Hinton
2B Fr. 5-1
L/R Elk Grove, Calif./Sheldon HS
Marissa Maligad
SS/OF
Fr. 5-2 L/R Mather, Calif./Pleasant Grove HS
Cassidy Martin
3B/1B Fr. 5-3 R/R Antelope, Calif./Center HS
Celina Matthias P Fr. 5-8 R/R Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove HS

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