SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the third time this season, and 12th time of her 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 2-1 record against Weber State this past week in a series that featured two teams that were tied for second place in the Big Sky standings. The right-hander posted back-to-back shutouts in her two starts, tossing a three-hit shutout on Friday in a 1-0 win, and a two-hit shutout in the Hornets' 2-0 victory on Saturday.
The 12 pitcher of the week awards are the most earned by any pitcher in Big Sky history as Brooks received the honor four times last season and five times in 2013. What makes the 12 awards even more impressive is the Big Sky did not sponsor softball until 2013, so Brooks has done all of this in three years. She also earned the award this season on March 9 and March 30.
In 14.0 innings against the Wildcats, the Escalon, Calif., native allowed just five hits (all singles) with six walks and 18 strikeouts. She limited Weber State to a .111 batting average, only one Wildcat runner advanced past second base, and she threw exactly 116 pitches in both games.
In Friday's 1-0 victory, which was won by the Hornets in the bottom of the seventh in walk-off fashion, Brooks allowed just three singles while walking three and striking out 13 batters. She did not allow a Wildcat runner past second base, struck out five straight batters on two different occasions during the game, and faced just five batters over the minimum. In fact, Brooks struck out the side in the final inning and fanned the final five batters of the game. The 13 K's marked the third time this season she has posted double figures in strikeouts, and were three shy of her career high.
In Saturday's 2-0 victory, Brooks did not allow a hit the final five innings of the game. Weber State had singles in the first and second innings, and zero hits the rest of the way. Brooks finished the game allowing just the two singles with three walks and five strikeouts over seven innings. She faced six batters over the minimum and ended the game in a quick one hour and 40 minutes.
In 10 starts against Big Sky opposition this year, Brooks is now 7-2 with a 2.33 ERA, nine complete games, and 77 strikeouts in 63.0 innings pitched.
Sacramento State (23-24, 12-6) will play its final three games of the regular season this week at Portland State on Friday and Saturday. The Hornets, who have already clinched a spot in the four-team Big Sky Tournament (May 7-9), will look to secure the No. 2 seed at the postseason event.
Sacramento State still have an outside chance of winning the regular season title, but would need to sweep Portland State, and see first-place Idaho State get swept at home by North Dakota.
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