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SOFTBALL HOSTS #16 CAL ON WEDNESDAY, MONTANA OVER THE WEEKEND

SOFTBALL HOSTS #16 CAL ON WEDNESDAY, MONTANA OVER THE WEEKEND

Sacramento State Game Notes (29 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings

THE WEEK AHEAD

• After opening the Big Sky Conference portion of the season by sweeping Northern Colorado last weekend, Sacramento State (13-16, 3-0) is back in action this week at home against #16 Cal (23-6) on Wednesday before jumping back into conference play this weekend for a three-game series vs. league newcomer Montana (5-22, 1-2).
• Sacramento State and Cal will play a single game on Wednesday at 3 p.m., while the Hornets and Grizzlies will play a doubleheader on Saturday at noon, followed by a single game on Sunday at noon.
• This week will conclude the Hornets' 14-game homestand, which matches the team's longest stretch of continuous home games in the program's Div. I era (1990-pres.).
• The Hornets are 6-4 thus far on the homestand, which included five games last week - a doubleheader split with Nevada and the three-game sweep of Northern Colorado.
• Sacramento State has won a season-high four consecutive games after the team had been a season-worst seven games below the .500 mark (9-16).
• After this week concludes, Sacramento State will have just seven home games remaining on the regular season schedule. In fact, the 14-game homestand encompasses nearly 60 percent of the team's home games on the schedule (24 home games total).
• Wednesday's game against Cal will mark the first time the two teams have faced each other at Shea Stadium since a 1-0 Golden Bear victory on March 30, 2013. That game was played in front of a Shea Stadium-record 1,212 fans, as Caitlin Brooks and Cal starter Jolene Henderson combined to allow just four hits while striking out 25 batters in an epic pitchers duel.
• Montana announced it would be adding softball back in 2011 as it ninth women's sport, and that came became a formality this year as the Griz are in their first season.

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.
• Live stats for every game this week will be offered at www.hornetsports.com by clicking here.
• Live audio will be available for every Sacramento State home game this season courtesy of KSSU Student Radio by clicking here. Links to live audio can also be found on the softball schedule.

VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

• Sacramento State is 11-50 all-time against Cal, a perennial nationally ranked team.
• Cal is currently ranked 16th in the nation in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25, and 17th in the USA Today/NFCA poll.
• The Hornets lost to Cal earlier this season, 6-0, and have dropped seven straight games in the series.
• The last Sacramento State victory over Cal came on March 24, 2009, in an eight-inning, 2-1 victory at Shea Stadium.
• With Montana being a first-year program, Saturday will mark the first time the Hornets and Grizzlies have ever faced each other.

FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK NUMBERS

• The Hornets are currently riding a four-game winning streak, their longest of the season.
• During the winning streak, Sacramento State is averaging 6.0 runs per game while batting .362 as a team. That includes a .472 on-base percentage.
• The Hornet pitching staff has combined for a 0.78 ERA during the streak, and has allowed just seven hits and three earned runs in 27.0 innings pitched. Opponents are batting just .204 over that span.
• Five players are hitting at least .400 and all five of those players started each of the four games. That includes Marissa Maligad (.667), Paige Martin (.583), Shelby Johnston (.462), Kortney Solis (.444) and Alexa Chattleton (.400).

ADVANCING RUNNERS

• Freshman second baseman Zimari Hinton has laid down 11 sacrifices this season, which are six more than any other player on the Hornet roster.
• Her average of 0.42 sacrifices per game now ranks as the second best mark in the nation.
• In 52 at-bats with a runner on base, she has advanced that runner nearly 60 percent of the time (.558, 29-for-52). That ranks as the third best percentage on the team (P. Martin .680; Maligad .594).

THE WORKHORSE

• Freshman Celina Matthias was the definition of a workhorse last week.
• The right-hander was named the Big Sky Pitcher of the Week after throwing 30 of the Hornets' 37 innings in five games last week. The Elk Grove native 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.
• She has gone the distance in all 10 of her starts this season, and her 101.2 innings pitched are more than 50 innings better than the next closest Hornet pitcher (Caitlin Brooks 49.1 ip).

MASHING

• The Hornets' Nos. 4 and 5 hitter combination of junior Sasha Margulies and senior Alexa Chattleton have been a potent duo thus far.
• Chattleton leads the team with a .384 batting average and Margulies isn't far behind at .378. The pair has combined to hit .381 thus far with 24 runs scored, 12 doubles, and 21 RBIs.
• If the season ended today, Chattleton's average would rank as the fifth best single-season mark in the program's Div. I history, and Margulies' average would be the ninth best.

HORNET NOTABLES

• Right-hander Caitlin Brooks is 17th in the nation, limiting opponents to 3.97 hits per seven innings.
• Shelby Johnston has struck out three times in 83 at-bats, or once every 27.7 at-bats.
• Five different Hornets have posted hitting streaks of at least five games long, including Alexa Chattleton (8), Paige Castro (6), Paige Martin (5), Zamari Hinton (5) and Sasha Margulies (5). Both Martin (11) and Chattleton (10) currently have lengthy streaks of consecutive games reaching base safely.
• Martin remains the only Hornet to play in, and start, all 29 games this season.
Makenzie Wayadande has scored in six of her last eight pinch running appearances.
• The Hornets' .964 fielding percentage is the 64th best mark in the nation among Div. I squads.