BROOKSHIRE NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER HOME RUN BINGE

BROOKSHIRE NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER HOME RUN BINGE

SACRAMENTO -- After helping Sacramento State to a perfect 4-0 record at the NorCal Challenge, sophomore outfielder Suzy Brookshire has been named the Big Sky Conference Softball Player of the Week.

In four games, Brookshire, who started every game in left field, hit .571 (8-for-14) with six runs, two doubles, four home runs, nine RBIs, a 1.571 slugging percentage, .600 on-base percentage and a massive 2.171 ops. She hit safely in all four games, which included multiple-hit contests on three occasions. Brookshire scored at least one run in three of the four games, and collected at least one RBI in three of the four contests. In the process, she extended her hitting streak to a career-high 11 straight games.

The weekly honor is the first in Brookshire's career, and marks the second consecutive week a Hornet has earned Big Sky player of the week accolades. Outfielder Nene Alas was the award's recipient a week ago.

Brookshire opened the week by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in a victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday. On Saturday, the Hollister, Calif., native was 2-for-3 with two runs, two homers and a career-best five RBIs in a win over Santa Clara.

She followed up that effort later in the day by going 1-for-3 with a run and a walk in a victory against Pacific. In Sunday's win over Santa Clara, she went 3-for-4 with three runs, two homers and three RBIs. During the week, she set or tied single-game career highs in runs (3), hits (3), RBIs (5), doubles (2) and homers (2).

Brookshire now leads the team in batting average (.415), runs (23), doubles (8), homers (7), RBIs (21), total bases (56), slugging percentage (.862), on-base percentage (.500) and ops (1.362). After connecting on a program-record 15 home runs a year ago, she already has seven this season. Despite being just halfway into her sophomore season, Brookshire's 22 career home runs are already the second best mark in program history.

Sacramento State has won five straight, and 10 of the last 11 games, while improving its overall record to 14-8. The Hornets will travel to 16th-ranked Cal on Wednesday before opening Big Sky Conference play on Friday and Saturday for a three-game series at Northern Colorado.