SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State junior first baseman Sasha Margulies and freshman right-hander Celina Matthias were named the Big Sky Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, it was announced today by the league office.
Both players helped the Hornets to a 4-0 record last week, which included a victory over rival UC Davis and a three-game sweep of conference foe North Dakota. The three wins over UND helped Sacramento State (21-19, 10-2) remain in a tie for first place in the Big Sky standings with nine league games remaining on the schedule. The Hornets are tied with Idaho State atop the standings, and Sacramento State will host the Bengals later this week for a huge three-game series.
The pitcher of the week award is the second of the season for Matthias (March 23), and marks the fourth time this year a Sacramento State hurler has earned the Big Sky weekly honor. Margulies was named Big Sky Player of the Week for the first time of her career, and today marks the first conference player of the week selection for the Hornets since Paige Martin on March 12, 2013.
In four games last week, Margulies hit .643 (9-for-14) with seven runs scored, two doubles, a home run, a walk and five RBIs. The first baseman hit safely in all four games, complied a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .688 on-base percentage, and scored at least two runs in three of the four games. In fact, Margulies reached base safely in each of her final 10 plate appearances of the North Dakota series, a streak which spans three games.
In the sweep of UND, she had multiple-hit and multiple-run games in all three contests, which included going 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk, double, home run and four RBIs in the series finale on Saturday. She opened the series by going 2-for-4 with two runs, and followed that up in game two by going 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and an RBI. During her streak of reaching base safely in 10 straight plate appearances, Margulies has two doubles, a home run, a walk, five singles, and reached via error on one occasion.
In the Hornets' win against rival UC Davis on Wednesday, the San Diego native went 1-for-3 while scoring a run and being hit by a pitch. Margulies is now batting a team-high .415 this season, and also leads the Hornets in hits (51), doubles (12), RBIs (30), total bases (75) and slugging percentage (.610). Against Big Sky competition, she is hitting a team-high tying .457 and has compiled a .568 on-base percentage.
Matthias, who is a true freshman from Elk Grove, threw a no-hitter and finished the week 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two appearances. In 7.0 innings (all against UND), the right-hander allowed just one hit while walking three and striking out 12 batters. Matthias limited North Dakota to a .045 batting average and posted a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
In the Hornets' 12-0 mercy-rule shortened victory against North Dakota on Friday, Matthias allowed just one walk and struck out a season-best nine batters in her five innings of work. She faced just one batter over the minimum, threw 58 pitches (40 for strikes) and accounted for the program's third no-hitter since the 2006 season. In addition, the no-hitter was the Hornets' first since Megan Schaefer (4.0 ip) and Shelby Voelz (1.0 ip) combined on a mercy-rule shortened no-hitter against Saint Mary's on April 16, 2011.
In her other appearance, Matthias worked two innings while allowing one hit and two runs in the Hornets' 16-2 victory over UND on Saturday. Matthias is now 9-10 with a 3.70 ERA this season. She leads the Hornet pitching staff in wins (9), appearances (25), complete games (12), shutouts (2) and innings (132.1).
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