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SOFTBALL CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEK AT PORTLAND STATE

SOFTBALL CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEK AT PORTLAND STATE

Sacramento State Game Notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings

THE WEEK AHEAD

• Sacramento State (23-24, 12-6) embarks upon its final week of the regular season when the Hornets travel north to take on Portland State (16-32, 8-10) for a three-game series.
• The Hornets and Vikings will play a doubleheader at Gordon Faber Field on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday at noon.
• The Hornets, along with Idaho State (14-4) and Weber State (10-6), have already clinched a berth in next week's double-elimination Big Sky Tournament.
• Most likely, the tournament will be played in Pocatello, Idaho, as the No. 1 seed earns the right to host. The only way Sacramento State wins the regular season is if the Hornets sweep Portland State, and Idaho State gets swept at home by North Dakota.
• There is a four-team race for the fourth and final spot into the tournament between Northern Colorado (9-7), Southern Utah (8-10), Montana (8-10) and Portland State (8-10).
• Idaho State and Sacramento State are the only teams in the conference to qualify for the postseason event ever year since the Big Sky began sponsoring softball in 2013.
• Should Southern Utah qualify, they would also have made the Big Sky Tourney all three years.
• Sacramento State took two of three games last week at home against Weber State in a series which began as a battle of the two teams tied for second place.
• The Hornets closed the home portion of the regular season with a 12-12 record. Sacramento State is 5-7 on the road, and 11-12 when playing away from home.
• The Big Sky Tournament will begin on Thursday, May 7 with the No. 1 seed taking on the No. 4 seed, and the No. 2 seed facing the No. 3 seed. The tournament will last three days, and the winner will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
• Second-year head coach Lori Perez is two wins shy of career victory number 50.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

• Live stats for every game can be found on the softball schedule at www.hornetsports.com by clicking on the link next to each game on the schedule.
• Live audio will be available for all three games this week courtesy of Portland State's website. Links to live audio can also be found on the softball schedule.

VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

• In a series that dates back to 1979, Sacramento State is 40-20 all-time against Portland State.
• The Hornets and Vikings have split their last 10 games against each other, which includes a three-game sweep of Portland State last season at Shea Stadium.
• Sacramento State is 7-10 when playing the Vikings in Portland. The last time the two teams met in Portland in 2013, the Hornets dropped two of three games.
• Four of the last six games in Portland between the two squads have gone to extra innings (twice) or been decided in mercy rule fashion (twice).

MASHING MARGULIES

• Junior first baseman Sasha Margulies is currently riding a 13-game hitting streak, which matches the fourth longest since the program joined the Div. I ranks in 1990.
• The top three hitting streaks in Hornet Div. I history are owned by Izmena Cabrera (21 games), Lindy Winkler (18 games) and Katie Cichy (17 games).
• The 13-game streak is also the longest since Marissa Navarro had a 13-gamer which stretched parts of both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
• During the hitting streak, Margulies is batting .500 (21-for-42) with 12 runs scored, seven doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs, five walks and a .563 on-base percentage.
• Margulies is now batting .413 this season, and if the season ended today, that would tie for the second best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era single-season history. Since the program joined the Div. I ranks, only three players have hit .400 (Winkler .434, Desiree Beltran .413, Jamie Schloredt .408).

ANOTHER LONG STREAK

• Senior right fielder Paige Martin also has a lengthy streak under her belt. She has reached base safely in 29 straight games via base hit, walk or hit-by-pitch.
• Despite a batting average (.295) that sits just south of .300, Martin has a .425 on-base percentage which is the third best mark on the team.
• The last time Martin did not reach base came against Cal Poly on March 7 when she went 0-for-3.
• Including 10 hit-by-pitches this year, Martin has been hit an amazing 44 times in her career. That is 26 hit-by-pitches ahead of second-place Nicole Deatherage, who was hit 18 times between 2001-04.
• Her .423 career on-base percentage is the fourth best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era.

SCORING FIRST

• The Hornets are 16-6 when scoring the game's first run, and 4-16 when the opponent scores first.
• Its been a near formality that either the Hornets or the opposition will score in the first inning this season. The opponent has scored 43 runs in the first this year (easily the highest of any inning), or an average of nearly one run per first inning (0.9).
• On the flip side, Sacramento State has scored 32 runs in the first inning (its second highest output of any inning), and is averaging 0.7 runs per first inning.

NOTABLES

• Senior outfielder Alexa Chattleton has hit safely in all but nine games this year, and has six different hitting streaks of at least four games. If the season ended today, her .370 batting average would rank as the 10th best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I single-season era.
• Over her last four games, senior outfielder Nicole Clark is batting .636 (7-for-11). She is now second on the team with a .429 batting average against Big Sky opposition.
• Senior Caitlin Brooks was named this week's Big Sky Pitcher of the Week after tossing a pair of shutouts against Weber State, which included a three-hitter on Friday followed by a two-hitter on Saturday. In conference play, Brooks is now 7-2 with a league-leading 2.33 ERA. That includes 77 strikeouts in 63.0 innings, and no pitcher in the league is within 30 strikeouts of that mark.
• The Hornets have two of the nation's top players in terms of toughest to strikeout in Zamari Hinton (39th, one strikeout per 23.0 at-bats) and Shelby Johnston (41st, one strikeout per 22.5 at-bats).
• Amazingly, Sacramento State's .313 team batting average ranks just fifth in the offensive-driven Big Sky. Idaho State is first with a .350 average, followed by Weber State (.345), Northern Colorado (.333), Montana (.323), the Hornets (.313) and Portland State (.302) to round out the top six.
• The Hornets are hitting .306 with runners on base, and .291 with runners in scoring position.