Sacramento State Game Notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings
THE WEEK AHEAD
• After posting a 2-1 record at last week's CSUN/LMU Tournament in Northridge, Sacramento State (5-9) returns this week to play four games over two days at the Mustang Classic at Bob Janssen Field in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
• At last week's tourney, the Hornets defeated CSU Bakersfield (4-1) and College of Charleston (5-4) while falling to Cal State Northridge (8-0). Sacramento State was supposed to play two more games on Sunday as part of tournament play, but both those games were rained out.
• This week will mark the third straight year, and sixth time in the last eight years the Hornets will play at the Mustang Classic. Over the Hornets' last five appearances at the tournament (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), the team has combined for a 12-12 record.
• The Hornets will play twice on Friday against Bryant (9 a.m.) and IUPUI (11:30 a.m.), and return Saturday to take on both San Diego (9 a.m.) and tournament host Cal Poly (2 p.m.).
• Three of the Hornets' four games during the tournament will start before noon. The team has posted a 4-3 record in its seven morning games played thus far.
• Of the Hornets' nine losses this season, three have come in extra innings, and a total of five have come by two runs or less.
• All but two positional players on the roster have appeared in at least seven games, and each of the team's four pitchers have made at least five appearances.
• This week's games will mark the fourth of five preseason tournaments Sacramento State will play this season, including next week's Capital Classic (Mar. 12-15).
MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS FOR THE SEASON
• Live stats for all home games and most road games this season can be found on the softball schedule at www.hornetsports.com by clicking on the link next to each game on the schedule.
• Cal Poly is offering live stats for all four Sacramento State games this week.
• Live audio will be available for every Sacramento State home game courtesy of KSSU Student Radio. Links to live audio can also be found on the softball schedule.
VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
• Sacramento State's opponents this week will enter the tournament with a combined 32-29 record. That includes Bryant (4-6), IUPUI (10-3), Cal Poly (8-11) and San Diego (10-9).
• The Hornets' game against Bryant on Friday morning will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams. After beginning the season with a 3-0 record, Bryant has lost six of its last seven games.
• Sacramento State has played IUPUI just once, and the Hornets posted an 8-2 victory on March 14, 2002, during Capital Classic play. At 10-3 this season, IUPUI has the best record of any of this week's tournament teams and has won six straight games.
• The Hornets are 20-23 all-time against Cal Poly, and have lost the last three meetings against the Mustangs. Cal Poly, which will be playing its first home games of the season, is currently 8-11.
• Sacramento State is 28-9 all-time against San Diego, including a 3-1 mark when playing at a neutral field. The Toreros will enter tournament play with a 10-9 record.
ABUNDANCE OF CLOSE GAMES
• Seven of the Hornets' last nine games have been decided by two runs or less, and the Hornets are 2-5 in those outcomes.
• Overall, eight of the team's 14 games have been decided by two runs or fewer, with the Hornets compiling a 2-6 record in those games.
FIRST INNING BLUES
• Sacramento State has been outscored, 18-4, in the first inning of games this season.
• The 18 runs are easily the most allowed in any inning this year, and Hornet pitchers are yielding an average of 1.3 runs in the first inning of games this year.
GETTING IT GOING IN THE CLUTCH
• Over the last four games, Sacramento State is batting .344 (21-for-61) with runners on base.
• Coincidentally, the Hornets are averaging nearly five runs (4.8) per game over that four-game span.
• During the first 10 games of the season, the Hornets were hitting just .229 (33-for-144) as a team with runners on base.
• Overall, the Hornets are batting .263 with runners on base, and .246 with runners in scoring position.
MOVING RUNNERS OVER
• Sacramento State already has 20 sacrifices this year, which is easily the top mark in the Big Sky.
• Seven different Hornets have laid down at least two sacrifices this season.
• That includes shortstop Paige Castro, who has a team-high five sacrifices in 43 plate appearances.
• Sacramento State leads the Big Sky Conference in both ERA (3.54) and fielding percentage (.967).
• Hornet pitching has limited the opposition to a very respectable .241 batting average, but the staff has already issued 67 free passes (53 walks, 14 hit-batters) in 99.0 innings. That breaks down to average of 4.7 free passes allowed per game.
• Sacramento State has four players batting over .340, comprised of Shelby Johnston (.353), Zamari Hinton (.343), Sasha Margulies (.343) and Alexa Chattleton (.341). Both Margulies (.452) and Johnston (.450) have very high on-base percentages.
• Freshman right-hander Celina Matthias has pitched in eight of the Hornets' 14 games, including two starts and six relief appearances. She has factored into six decisions and has a team-high 3.03 ERA.
• Whether starting at shortstop or third base, freshman Marissa Maligad has been very impressive with the glove, and is the only Hornet infielder yet to commit an error.
• Amazingly, Johnston has yet to strike out this year in 34 at-bats and 40 plate appearances.
• Opponents are batting just .139 (5-for-36) with runners on base against pitcher Caitlin Brooks, and .163 (13-for-80) in the same situations against Matthias.
• Chattleton has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games, and had her eight-game hitting streak snapped last weekend after going 0-for-2 against Cal State Northridge.
• Senior Paige Martin (right field) is the only Hornet to start all 14 games this year. Senior Paige Castro has started all but one game at shortstop, missing the Pacific game with a hand injury.
October 6, 2015 SOFTBALL SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH EIGHT NFCA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
July 24, 2015 SOFTBALL SIGNS ALL-STATE PITCHER TAYLOR TESSIER
May 6, 2015 SOFTBALL BEGINS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP ON THURSDAY
April 27, 2015 BROOKS EARNS 12TH CAREER BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK AWARD
April 18, 2015 SOFTBALL FALLS AT HOME TO IDAHO STATE, 7-2
April 15, 2015 SOFTBALL FALLS AT PACIFIC IN FINAL NON-LEAGUE GAME
April 13, 2015 MATTHIAS AND MARGULIES SWEEP BIG SKY SOFTBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
April 2, 2015 SOFTBALL TAKES PERFECT LEAGUE RECORD TO SOUTHERN UTAH
March 20, 2015 SOFTBALL SWEEPS NORTHERN COLORADO TO OPEN BIG SKY PLAY
March 18, 2015 SOFTBALL SPLITS A HOME DOUBLEHEADER WITH NEVADA
March 10, 2015 SOFTBALL FALLS AT UC DAVIS, SETS SIGHTS ON 14-GAME HOMESTAND
February 28, 2015 SOFTBALL ERASES EARLY DEFICIT IN 5-4 WIN OVER COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
February 27, 2015 SOFTBALL SPLITS A PAIR ON FIRST DAY OF NORTHRIDGE TOURNAMENT
February 26, 2015 SOFTBALL TO PLAY FIVE GAMES OVER THREE DAYS IN NORTHRIDGE
February 24, 2015 SOFTBALL POUNDS OUT 12 HITS, BUT FALLS AT HOME TO PACIFIC, 8-6
February 21, 2015 SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR IN HOME OPENER AGAINST SAINT MARY’S
February 19, 2015 SOFTBALL HOSTS SAINT MARY'S ON SATURDAY IN HOME OPENER
February 15, 2015 MARGULIES WALKOFF AND BROOKS GEM LEAD SOFTBALL TO WIN VS. UC RIVERSIDE
February 14, 2015 SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR OF EXTRA INNING GAMES IN FRESNO
February 13, 2015 SOFTBALL DROPS 6-0 DECISION TO #23 CALIFORNIA
February 13, 2015 SOFTBALL OPENS FRESNO TOURNEY WITH 6-2 LOSS TO UC DAVIS
February 12, 2015 SOFTBALL TRAVELS TO FRESNO FOR FIVE GAMES OVER THREE DAYS
February 7, 2015 MARTIN’S 3-RUN BLAST DELIVERS SOFTBALL A 4-1 WIN AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
February 6, 2015 SOFTBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER AT LONG BEACH STATE
February 6, 2015 SOFTBALL PICKS UP FIRST WIN, DEFEATS NORTHWESTERN STATE, 4-2
February 5, 2015 SOFTBALL OPENS SEASON FRIDAY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
January 28, 2015 SOFTBALL SELECTED SECOND IN THE BIG SKY PRESEASON COACHES POLL
November 13, 2014 SOFTBALL SIGNS ALAS, CORR, DIAZ, MOORE, RASMUSSEN AND STRONG
October 3, 2014 SOFTBALL RELEASES ITS 2015 SCHEDULE
September 26, 2014 SACRAMENTO STATE WOMEN’S ATHLETICS TO HOST OKTOBERFEST ON OCT. 4