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SOFTBALL HOSTS THE 22ND EDITION OF THE CAPITAL CLASSIC THIS WEEK

SOFTBALL HOSTS THE 22ND EDITION OF THE CAPITAL CLASSIC THIS WEEK

Sacramento State Game Notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

• Sacramento State (7-12) will begin a season-long 14-game homestand when the team hosts the four-day, four-team Capital Classic on Thursday through Sunday.
• The 14-game homestand will match the team's longest during the Div. I era (1990-pres.) as the 2009 and 2011 squads also played 14 straight home games.
• After a one-year hiatus, the Capital Classic is back for its 22nd year.
• The four-day tournament will feature 11 games, including two on Thursday, three on Friday, four on Saturday, and two more on Sunday. All games are played at Shea Stadium on the Sacramento State campus.
• The tournament is a round robin format in which no tournament champion is crowned and there is no all-tournament team.
• Tournament participants include Sacramento State (7-12), Penn State (9-10), Loyola Marymount (10-15) and Grand Canyon (11-11).
• Games will take place Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., Friday at 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., Saturday at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
• Grand Canyon and Loyola Marymount will both play six games during the tournament while the Hornets and Penn State will play five times.
• Sacramento State will play every day, including Thursday at 3:15 p.m. vs. Penn State, Friday against Grand Canyon at 3:45 p.m., Saturday vs. both Grand Canyon (9 a.m.) and Penn State (1:30 p.m.), and Sunday vs. Loyola Marymount at 9 a.m.
• For tournament schedule, ticket information, and much more, log onto the Capital Classic Tournament home page by clicking here.
• Sacramento State is 56-46 all-time in Capital Classic play. The tournament began in 1993 and was played for 21 straight years until the tournament took a one-year hiatus last season.
• All-tournament tickets are $30 for adult reserved, and $24 for adult general admission. One-day passes are $10/8. Sacramento State students with a valid One Card are free.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS FOR THE TOURNAMENT

• Live stats for all 11 games during the tournament will be offered via hornetsports.com inside the Capital Classic home page by clicking here.
• In addition, live audio will be available for every Sacramento State game courtesy of Josh Alvarez and KSSU Student Radio. Links to live audio can also be found on the softball schedule.

VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

• Neither of the four teams at this week's tournament currently have records above the .500 mark.
• That includes Grand Canyon (11-11), Penn State (9-10), Sacramento State (7-12) and Loyola Marymount (10-15).
• Sacramento State has yet to play Penn State during the program's Div. I era (1990-pres.), but the Hornets did beat the Nittany Lions, 7-2, on March 5, 1989, at a tournament in Las Vegas.
• The Hornets have never played Grand Canyon.
• In a series which dates back to 1987, the Hornets are 20-25 all-time against Loyola Marymount. Sacramento State defeated the Lions earlier this season by a 4-1 score after Paige Martin connected on a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning.

ABUNDANCE OF CLOSE GAMES

• Eleven of the Hornets' last 14 games have been decided by two runs or less, and the Hornets are 4-7 in those outcomes.
• Overall, 12 of the team's 19 games have been decided by two runs or fewer, with the Hornets compiling a 4-8 record in those games.
• At last week's Mustang Classic in San Luis Obispo, all four of the Hornets' games during the tournament were decided by two runs or less.
• Tuesday's 9-1 loss at UC Davis snapped a streak of five straight games decided by two runs or less.

FIRST INNING BLUES

• Sacramento State has been outscored, 21-8, in the first inning of games this season.
• The 21 runs are easily the most allowed in any inning this year, and Hornet pitchers are yielding an average of 1.1 runs in the first inning of games this year.

LONG HOMESTAND COMING UP

• Sacramento State's game against Penn State on Thursday opens a 14-game homestand that will stretch from March 12-29.
• During the homestand, the Hornets will also play a doubleheader against Nevada, three-game conference series against Northern Colorado and Montana, and a single game against Cal.
• The homestand couldn't come at a better time as the Hornets are on a three-game skid.
• The Hornets haven't played at home since an 8-6 loss to Pacific on Feb. 24.
• Of Sacramento State's first 19 games, only three came at home.
• The Hornets went 11-3 at Shea Stadium last season, including a 7-1 mark against conference teams.

IN NEED OF SOME LONG BALLS

• Although Sacramento State ranks third in the Big Sky in team batting average (.277), the Hornets are averaging just 2.84 runs per game.
• A big reason for the relatively low number of runs has been the team's lack of home runs.
• In fact, Sacramento State, which has four home runs this season, has now gone nine straight games and 261 consecutive at-bats without a round tripper.
• However, the Hornets do have 29 doubles, and the team's average of 1.61 two-baggers per game ranks as the 39th best mark in the nation.

HORNET NOTABLES

• After collecting at least seven hits 10 times over a 12-game span, including a season-high 16 hits vs. Bryant, the Hornets have combined for just six hits in their last two games.
• Sacramento State is 6-1 when holding the opposition to less than three runs, and 1-11 when allowing the opponent to put more than three runs on the board.
• The Hornets ranks first in the Big Sky in ERA (3.21) and second in fielding percentage (.966).
• Hornet pitching has limited the opposition to a very respectable .245 batting average, but the staff has already issued 83 free passes (66 walks, 17 hit-batters) in 131.1 innings. That breaks down to average of 4.4 free passes allowed per game.
• Sacramento State has four players hitting better than .300, comprised of Alexa Chattleton (.368), Sasha Margulies (.360), Zamari Hinton (.320) and Paige Castro (.306).
Caitlin Brooks' avererage of 3.13 hits allowed per seven innings is the ninth best mark in the nation.