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BROOKS NAMED BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR THE 11TH TIME OF HER CAREER

BROOKS NAMED BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR THE 11TH TIME OF HER CAREER

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the second time this season, and 11th time of her four-year career, Sacramento State senior right-hander Caitlin Brooks was named the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week, in was announced this morning by the league office.

Brooks helped lead the Hornets to a 3-1 record last week, including a three-game sweep of conference foe Montana over the weekend. The 11 pitcher of the week awards are the most earned by any pitcher in Big Sky history as she earned the honor four times last season and five times in 2013.

In two starts last week (both against Montana), Brooks went 2-0 with two complete games and a 1.40 ERA while limiting the Grizzlies to a .176 batting average. In both of Brooks' starts, the Hornets posted five-inning mercy rule victories, as she allowed just six hits and two runs while walking two and striking out 13 batters over 10.0 innings.

A combined five Montana runners advanced past first base during her two starts, and she needed just 161 pitches to notch two victories. In Saturday's 9-1 win, Brooks allowed just four hits and one run while striking out six batters over five innings. One day later, she allowed just two hits and one run while striking out seven over five innings.

The Escalon, Calif., native is now 7-3 with a 2.71 ERA this season, and has 72 strikeouts in 59.1 innings pitched. Her average of 4.01 hits allowed per seven innings is the 15th best mark in the nation, and her 8.5 strikeouts per seven innings is the 38th best mark in the nation.

In conference play, the reigning Big Sky Pitcher of the Year is 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA, and opponents are batting just .179 when she is in the circle.

Sacramento State (16-17 overall) is off to a 6-0 start in Big Sky Conference play, the first time the program has won its first six league games since 1993. The team will play its next six conference games on the road, including a three-game series later this week at Southern Utah. The Hornets and Thunderbirds will play a pair of game s on Friday, followed by a single game on Saturday.