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BROOKS NAMED BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME THIS MONTH

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State junior pitcher Caitlin Brooks was named the Big Sky Conference's co-Pitcher of the Week today, marking the third time in four weeks the right-hander has received the weekly honor.

Brooks shared this week's award with Idaho State's Jessica Tolmie. Not only has Brooks won three Pitcher of the Week awards this month, she has earned the honor four times overall this season, and nine times dating back to last year.

Brooks helped lead the Hornets to a 2-1 record last week, including a two-game sweep of conference rival Weber State. In her only appearance of the week, the right-hander earned the victory in the Hornets' 11-1 win against the Wildcats on Friday.

In that game, which was shortened to six innings because of the mercy rule, Brooks threw a complete game while allowing just four hits and one run, and striking out five batters. Her only blemish was a solo home run allowed to Brooke Silva in the first inning.

She needed 140 pitches to get the victory, and escaped jams in the fourth and fifth innings to preserve the Hornet lead. Brooks retired the side in order in the sixth inning, and has now gone the distance in 13 of her 14 starts this season.

The Escalon, Calif., native has now won three straight starts, and improved her record to 5-1 with a conference-best 1.62 ERA against Big Sky opposition. Overall, Brooks is 9-5 with a 1.44 ERA, which is the 27th best mark in the nation.

The Hornets (24-19, 12-4) completed the regular season portion of their schedule last week, and will be the No. 1 or 2 seed in the Big Sky Tournament (May 8-10). Idaho State (11-3) currently sits in first, and will win the league's regular season title with two wins or more this weekend in its three-game series at North Dakota. Should the Bengals lose two or more games, Sacramento State will overtake first place.

The winner of the Big Sky's regular season title will host the conference tournament, and the winner of that postseason event receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.

NOTE: Should Southern Utah (9-4) sweep its three-game series at Northern Colorado this weekend, the Thunderbirds would finish in a tie with Sacramento State at 12-4. The Hornets and Southern Utah split their two regular season meetings this year, and the next tiebreaker is where each team sits in the RPI rankings. Sacramento State is currently 19 spots ahead of Southern Utah in the most recent RPI, which was released today.

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