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FRESHMAN CELINA MATTHIAS NAMED THE BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK

FRESHMAN CELINA MATTHIAS NAMED THE BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State true freshman Celina Matthias was named the Big Sky Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week after helping lead the Hornets to a 4-1 record last week, including a three-game sweep in the conference-opening series against Northern Colorado.

In a workhorse-like effort, the right-hander threw 30 of the Hornets' 37 innings spanning five games last week. In her four starts, the local product from Elk Grove went 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA, threw four complete games, one shutout and limited the opposition to just a .237 batting average. Amazingly, over a four-day stretch, Matthias threw 456 pitches, and did not allow more than two earned runs in any of her four starts.

In the Hornets' 8-0 victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday, Matthias threw her first collegiate shutout, blanking the Bears on just three hits with no walks and six strikeouts in six innings of a mercy-rule shortened game. She faced just three batters over the minimum and allowed only one Bear past first base the entire game.

In the team's 6-1 victory on Friday, Matthias allowed just four hits and one run over seven innings, and needed just 98 pitches to get the win. Perhaps even more impressive, Matthias threw all 17 innings of the Hornets' doubleheader split with Nevada on Wednesday, which included a 10-inning loss in the opener and a 5-2 victory in the nightcap. She threw 282 pitches during the day, allowing 20 hits and three earned runs while striking out 11 batters. Matthias held Nevada to just seven hits in 35 total at-bats with runners in scoring position.

For the season, Matthias, who is 4-2 over her last six decisions, is now 7-7 with a team-high 2.41 ERA. She has gone the distance in all 10 of her starts, and her 101.2 innings are over 50 innings more than any other pitcher on the Hornet staff. Matthias has been especially good in the clutch, limiting the opposition to just a .196 batting average (41-for-209) with runners on base.

Sacramento State (13-16, 3-0) concludes its 14-game homestand this week with a home game against 12th-ranked Cal on Wednesday at 3 p.m., followed by a three-game Big Sky series against league-newcomer Montana on Saturday and Sunday. The Hornets and Grizzlies will play a doubleheader on Saturday, and single game on Sunday. Sacramento State is currently 6-4 on the homestand.