SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State senior Caitlin Brooks has been named the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week after leading the Hornets to a 2-1 victory over IUPUI in her only appearance of the week.
Today marks the first time this season, and 10th time of her career that Brooks has earned the weekly honor. The Big Sky began sponsoring softball in 2013, and Brooks is already a two-time first team all-league selection and last year's Big Sky Pitcher of the Year. She received the Big Sky's weekly pitching honor four times last season, and five times in 2013.
In the victory against IUPUI, the right-hander allowed just two hits and one run while walking one and striking out nine batters over seven innings. The Escalon, Calif., native carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a solo home run to Megan Cory that led off the frame. That was her only blemish as Brooks faced just four batters over the minimum, and struck out Maggie Good with the potential tying run on second base to end the game.
After walking the first batter of the contest, Brooks retired 15 batters in a row while striking out the side in both the first and fifth innings. In fact, at one point, Brooks struck out five straight batters spanning the first and second innings. She needed just 102 pitches to earn her third victory of the season.
Brooks is now 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA, and opponents are batting just .136 against the right-hander. She has allowed one run or less in three of her last four appearances, and posted at least eight strikeouts in each of those four outings.
The IUPUI victory was part of the Mustang Classic in San Luis Obispo last weekend, where the Hornets posted a 2-2 record. Overall, Sacramento State is 7-11 this season and will play six times this week, including tomorrow at UC Davis before hosting the Capital Classic from March 12-15 at Shea Stadium.
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