Big Sky Conference Standings
NCAA RPI Rankings
OGDEN, Utah - Due to rains that swept through the Ogden area overnight and continued into the morning, today's Big Sky Conference softball game between Sacramento State and Weber State has been canceled. The game will not be rescheduled. The Hornets swept the Wildcats in a doubleheader yesterday.
With the cancelation, Sacramento State finishes the regular season with a 24-19 overall record and 12-4 mark in the Big Sky. The Hornets ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak against Big Sky opposition, and will enter the conference tournament (May 8-10) as the No. 1, 2 or 3 seed.
While the Hornets are idle next week, the remaining six teams in the Big Sky will be playing. That includes Southern Utah (9-2) and Idaho State (9-3) who saw their scheduled doubleheader canceled today because of rain. Instead, the two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow and the third game of the series will not be played.
The winner of the Big Sky's regular season title will host the conference tournament, and either Sacramento State, Idaho State or Southern Utah will host. Both Southern Utah and Idaho State have five games remaining (including tomorrow's doubleheader in Pocatello), and here is what the Hornets will need to happen in order to host the Big Sky Tournament:
- If either Idaho State or Southern Utah wins at least four of their remaining five games, Sacramento State will not host.
- If Idaho State wins three games or less, Sacramento State will finish ahead of the Bengals in the standings.
- If Southern Utah goes 3-2 over their final five games, they will finish with the same record as the Hornets (12-4). And since the two teams split their two games against each other, the final tiebreaker will go down to where each team ranks in the RPI. Currently, Southern Utah is ranked six spots ahead of Sacramento State in the RPI, but that could change depending on tomorrow and next week's outcomes for the Thunderbirds.
Regardless of what happens this weekend and next, the Hornets will be playing in the double-elimination Big Sky Tournament on May 8-10. The winner of that tournament gets an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
Sacramento State's conference winning percentage (.750) is the best mark for the program in 21 years since the 1993 squad finished with a 17-5 record in the Western Athletic Conference (.773).