SOFTBALL TO PLAY FIVE GAMES OVER THREE DAYS NEAR PALM SPRINGS

SOFTBALL TO PLAY FIVE GAMES OVER THREE DAYS NEAR PALM SPRINGS

Full set of game notes (13 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings

THE WEEK AHEAD

• Sacramento State will take part in the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at the Big League Dreams Complex in Cathedral City, Calif. Cathedral City is just a short drive from Palm Springs.
• This week's tournament, which will be played Saturday-Monday, Feb. 17-19, features 16 teams playing 42 games over three days. Sacramento State will play five of those games, including two on both Saturday and Sunday, and once on Monday.
• The Big League Dreams Complex features four fields, and Sacramento State will be playing on three of those fields during the tournament.
• Sacramento State opens the tournament on Saturday at Yankee Field against Cal Poly at 3:30 p.m, before playing at Fenway vs. Syracuse at 8 p.m.
• On Sunday, both Hornet games are at Yankee Field, including a matchup with UC Santa Barbara at 3 p.m., and Army at 5:30 p.m. The Hornets have already played two games vs. UC Santa Barbara this season, both coming at last weekend's Capital City Kickoff.
• Sacramento State wraps up the tournament on Monday at Wrigley vs. UC Riverside at 9 a.m.
• This week's tournament field includes Arkansas, Army, Cal, Cal Poly, Fordham, Grand Canyon, Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State, Stanford, Syracuse, UAB, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Utah and Weber State.
• This year will mark the first season Sacramento State has played in the Mary Nutter Classic. The tournament has been played annually since 2004.
• This week marks the second of five regular season tournaments in which the Hornets will appear, including the season-opening Capital City Kickoff last weekend at Shea Stadium.
• Sacramento State opened the year by going 1-3 at last weekend's tournament, which included a pair of extra inning losses. The Hornets began the tournament with a 6-2 win over Santa Clara, before dropping an 8-7 (9 innings) decision to UC Santa Barbara in which the Hornets blew a four-run lead in the seventh.
• On Sunday, the Hornets lost to UC Santa Barbara, 8-4, and dropped a 2-1 decision in eight innings to Cal, which moved into the national rankings this week at No. 23.
• Sacramento State has hit well (.289 batting average) and pitched well (3.16 ERA) during the early part of the season, though the record does not show it. Despite being 1-3 and losing three straight, Sacramento State has been outscored by just a 20-18 margin.
• Sacramento State stranded 34 runners on base in four games last week, including a combined 27 runners in its two losses to UC Santa Barbara. The 17 runners left aboard in the Hornets' 8-7 extra inning loss to the Gauchos tied a school record.
• Saturday's game against Cal Poly begins a stretch that will see Sacramento State play 16 of its next 20 games away from home.
• The Hornets, who return 14 players from a year ago, were selected to finish third out of eight teams in the Big Sky Conference preseason coaches poll.
• The Hornets have a combined 52-26 record in the Big Sky over the last four years.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Live video streams will be provided by FloSoftball for all of Sacramento State's games at the tournament. However, there will be a fee to watch the video streams.
• For all home games this year, a video stream will be provided free of charge via www.watchbigsky.com.
• Once again, live audio will be available for every home game this year via KSSU Student Radio.
• All hyperlinks to the multimedia options, including live stats, can be found next to the games on the softball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

• Sacramento State enters this week with a 46-59 all-time record against its five opponents at the Mary Nutter Classic.
• The Hornets are 19-24 all-time against Cal Poly, and have dropped five straight to the Mustangs. The last win over Cal Poly came in 2013.
• Sacramento State has played Syracuse just once, and that was a 3-1 win in 11 innings at the Capital Classic on March 18, 2006.
• The Hornets are 16-25 against UC Santa Barbara, and dropped two to the Gauchos last week. In those two losses, the Hornets stranded a combined 27 runners on base. Sacramento State has lost four straight overall to the Gauchos with the last win coming in 2012.
• The Hornets will be playing Army for the first time in program history.
• Sacramento State is 10-10 vs. UC Riverside. The Hornets and Highlanders have played each other six times in the last four years with UCR holding a 4-2 record over that stretch.

THE HITTING MACHINE

• Senior second baseman Zamari Hinton got off to a nice start, hitting safely in all four games last week, and extending her hitting streak to eight games dating back to last year.
• She is currently hitting .563 (9-for-16) and had multiple-hit games in three of the four games last week.
• A .341 career hitter, Hinton has hit at least .315 every season of her career, and is attempting to collect her fourth hitting streak of at least 10 games.
• She owns two of the top six best hitting streaks in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.) when she had a 15-gamer in 2017 (T-4th best) and a 13-gamer in 2016 (6th best).

HORNET NOTABLES

• Junior Krystal Aubert, a transfer from Washington, sustained a shoulder injury against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday and is questionable to play this week. Aubert cranked a 3-run homer on the first pitch she saw as a Hornet in the team's 6-2 win over Santa Clara.
Savanna Corr is 0-1 with a 1.00 ERA, and could easily be 2-0. She got a no-decision against UC Santa Barbara in which the Hornet bullpen could not protect a 6-2 7th-inning lead. She also threw seven shutout innings against Cal (currently ranked 23rd in the nation) before the Bears broke through for two runs in the eighth inning aided by the tiebreaker rule (placing a runner at second base to start the eighth inning).
Suzy Brookshire hit safely in each game last week, and is currently batting .429 (6-for-14) with three doubles, a .643 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage. It was Brookshire who set the program record with 15 homers a year ago as a true freshman.
• Sacramento State has been very good in the field thus far, putting up a .984 fielding percentage with just two errors in 127 chances.
• In the Hornets' 6-2 win over Santa Clara, right-hander Celina Matthias earned her 39th career win, the sixth best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.).
Mo Spieth had an 11-game hitting streak dating back to last year snapped when she went 0-for-4 on Sunday vs. UC Santa Barbara. She already has five RBIs this season, and now has 53 RBIs in 50 career games as a Hornet.
• New Mexico State transfer Kaitlyn Rubio pinch hit in all four games last week, reaching base on three of those occasions (one hit and two walks).
• The Hornets are outscoring the opposition, 16-12, through the first six innings of games, but are being outcored, 8-2, from the seventh inning on.
• Shortstop Sydney Rasmussen currently has a .400 on-base percentage this season, and a .418 career on-base percentage, which is the fifth best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era.