SOFTBALL HOSTS STANFORD THURSDAY FOR DOUBLEHEADER AT NOON

SOFTBALL HOSTS STANFORD THURSDAY FOR DOUBLEHEADER AT NOON

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

THE WEEK AHEAD

• In one of its lightest weeks of the season, Sacramento State (3-6) will host Stanford (6-5) in a doubleheader on Thursday. First pitch of game one is set for 12 p.m.
• Though the two teams have played on 34 occasions in the past, Thursday will mark the first time the Hornets and Cardinal have faced each other since the 2011 season, and the first matchup at Shea Stadium since 2008.
• Both teams played at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City last week with Sacramento State posting a 2-3 record while Stanford went 4-1.
• Stanford has won five of its past six games after starting the year 1-4.
• The Hornets have just two scheduled home dates between now and March 17, and one of those is Thursday and the other is Tuesday, March 6, for a doubleheader vs. Wagner.
• Sacramento State is 1-3 at home this season, but two of those losses came in extra innings. That includes a 2-1 eight-inning loss to Cal, which is currently ranked 19th in the nation.
• After Thursday's doubleheader, Sacramento State does not play again until next weekend (March 3-4) in a three-game road series at CSU Bakersfield.
• Sacramento State is hitting .268 as a team with a 3.74 ERA. Surprisingly, the Hornets have hit just two home runs this year after blasting a program-record 45 a year ago.
• Stanford, under the direction of first-year head coach Jessica Allister, is hitting .307 with eight home runs while the pitching staff has a 3.03 ERA.
• Sacramento State played last week without the services of cleanup hitter Krystal Aubert. The transfer from Washington injured her shoulder on Feb. 10 vs. UC Santa Barbara and has yet to return.
• 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

• Like all home games this year, a video stream will be provided Thursday free of charge via www.watchbigsky.com. Once the Big Sky Conference portion of the season begins, free video streams will be available for all conference road games as well.
• Live audio will be available for every home game this year via KSSU Student Radio.
• Live stats will be available for every game the remainder of the season.
• 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. STANFORD

• Sacramento State owns a 10-24 all-time record vs. Stanford, and the two teams will be playing one another for the first time since a 9-1 Cardinal win on the Farm on March 25, 2011.
• The Hornets and Cardinal will be playing at Shea Stadium for the first time since a 3-0 Stanford win on April 2, 2008.
• Overall, the Hornets have lost eight straight to Stanford with the last win coming in 11 innings (3-2) on April 20, 2005.
• The Hornets are 4-7 when playing Stanford at home.

MATTHIAS PUTTING TOGETHER A NICE SEASON

• In a pitching staff that features just three players, senior right-hander Celina Matthias has established herself as the ace thus far as she is currently 3-2 with a 1.89 ERA.
• Opponents are hitting just .208, and she has allowed 25 hits with 30 strikeouts in 33.1 innings pitched. That includes a four-hit shutout of UC Santa Barbara and a 4-1 complete-game victory over Cal Poly last week.
• No stranger to success, Matthias was the 2016 Big Sky Pitcher of the Year and a third team all-Pacific Region selection.
• She ranks among Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.) career pitching leaders in numerous categories including first in saves (7), fourth in appearances (110), sixth in innings (501.2) and strikeouts (339), seventh in wins (41), and eighth in starts (67) and complete games (44).

BROOKSHIRE PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF

• One season removed from a year in which she led the team in 10 offensive categories while hitting .358 with a program-record 15 home runs Suzy Brookshire, is off to another good start in 2018.
• Brookshire, who has hit third in the team's lineup in every game this year, is hitting .357 with nine runs scored, four doubles, a homer and 1.062 ops. Her nine runs are four more than any other Hornet on the squad and her number of doubles (4) is nearly half of the team's total of 10.
• In 58 career games (all starts), Brookshire is batting .358 with 52 runs, 16 homers, 41 RBIs, a .704 slugging percentage, .445 on-base percentage and a 1.149 ops.

HORNET NOTABLES

• Despite going a combined 0-for-8 in the last two games, senior second baseman Zamari Hinton is still batting .353. She had hit safely in six of the first seven games of the season prior to going 0-for-4 against both Army and UC Riverside.
• Shortstop Sydney Rasmussen is 5 for her last 9, upping her batting average of .333. She stole her first base of the season on Sunday against UC Santa Barbara, and is now 18-for-20 in career stolen base attempts.
• Outfielder Nene Alas has hit safely in three straight, and in seven of the nine games this season.
• Six Hornets have started at the same position in all nine games this year: Jessica Scott at catcher, Mo Spieth at first base, Zamari Hinton at second base, Sydney Rasmussen at shortstop, Suzy Brookshire in left field and Nene Alas in right field.
Mo Spieth has 54 RBIs in 55 career games, and leads the team with six RBIs this year.
• Sacramento State has yet to score a run in the fourth inning of a game this year.
Marissa Maligad has hit safely in each of the last three games.
• Before cleanup hitter Krystal Aubert injured her shoulder during the second game of the season, the Hornets combined for 13 RBIs. In the seven games without Aubert in the lineup, Sacramento State has combined for 13 RBIs.
• Sacramento State is hitting a respectable .284 with runners in scoring position, but the team has combined to strand 67 runners on base, or an average of 7.4 runners left aboard per game.
• Catcher Jessica Scott is 5 for her last 11 with two walks over the last five games.