SOFTBALL PLAYS THREE-GAME CONFERENCE SERIES AT WEBER STATE ON FRIDAY-SATURDAY

SOFTBALL PLAYS THREE-GAME CONFERENCE SERIES AT WEBER STATE ON FRIDAY-SATURDAY

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Big Sky Conference standings

A LOOK AT THIS WEEK

• Sacramento State (15-10, 1-2) opened the Big Sky Conference portion of the season last weekend, and will continue its six-game road trip to open league on Friday and Saturday when the Hornets play a three-game series at Weber State (14-14, 2-1). The Hornets and Wildcats will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. PDT, and a single game on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT.
• The Hornets began conference play last week when they dropped two of three at Northern Colorado in three high-scoring affairs. The Bears won, 12-4 and 9-8 on Friday, followed by Sacramento State overcoming a four-run seventh inning deficit on Saturday to win, 13-12.
• Sacramento State and Montana are the only teams in the eight-member Big Sky that will play their first six conference games on the road.
• Despite dropping two of three at Northern Colorado, the Hornets have still won 11 of their last 14 games. The loss on Friday to the Bears snapped a five-game winning streak.
• Sacramento State is 9-6 away from home this year, including a 3-2 mark when playing on an opponent's home field.
• After this week, Sacramento State will play 12 of its next 15 games at home. Nine of those games will be against league opposition.
• Sacramento State currently has four regulars hitting better than .320, comprised of Suzy Brookshire (.419), Zamari Hinton (.409), Nene Alas (.382) and Sydney Rasmussen (.321).
• The Hornets have scored at least six runs in 10 of the last 12 games.
• Weber State will be playing its first home games of the season on Friday.
• The Wildcats won last year's Big Sky regular season championship and will host this season's conference tournament May 10-12.
• Weber State was picked second in the Big Sky preseason coaches poll, and the Hornets were third.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Weber State will offer a free live video stream of all three games via www.watchbigsky.com.
• All home games the remainder of the season will feature a free live video stream via www.watchbigsky.com.
• Live audio will be available for every home game this year via KSSU Student Radio.
• Live stats will be available for every game (home or away) the remainder of the season.
• All hyperlinks to the multimedia options can be found next to the games on the softball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

vs. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

• Sacramento State is 8-8 all-time against Weber State, but the Wildcats have won seven of the last eight meetings.
• The two teams split a doubleheader in Sacramento last year, while the third game of that series was canceled because of rain.
• The Hornets had lost six straight in the series until winning the second game of last year's doubleheader by a 4-0 score.
• Sacramento State is 2-3 when playing at Weber State's home field, including a 4-3 Hornet loss in 14 innings in the teams' last matchup in Ogden on April 29, 2016.

THREE LENGTHY HITTING STREAKS

• Three Sacramento State players are currently riding lengthy hitting streaks, including Suzy Brookshire (14 games), Zamari Hinton (13 games) and Nene Alas (8 games).
• The hitting streak for Brookshire is a career high and ranks as the sixth longest during the Hornets' Div. I era (1990-pres.). During the streak, she is batting .488 (20-for-41) with 17 runs, nine walks, six doubles, seven home runs and 25 RBIs.
• Hinton's 13-game streak is commonplace as she now has three career hitting streaks of at least 13 games. That includes a 15-game streak last season and a 13-game streak in 2016. During her current 13-game streak, she is batting .521 (25-for-48) with 17 runs, three doubles, 11 RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. She has nine multiple-hit games during the streak.
• Alas' hitting streak is a career high, and during the run, she is batting .414 (12-for-29) with 10 runs, four walks and a .485 on-base percentage.

OFFENSE IS RIDING HIGH

• Sacramento State's offense has scored at least six runs in 10 of the last 12 games, lifting the team batting average to a lofty .311, the top mark in the Big Sky and the 27th best mark in the nation among the 296 Div. I softball playing schools. If the season ended today, that .311 batting average would tie for the best mark in program history (the 2008 team hit .311).
• The Hornets' average of 5.84 runs per game also ranks 27th in the nation as the team has totalled 146 runs in 25 games.
• Six of Sacramento State's nine regulars in the starting lineup are hitting at least .280, comprised of Suzy Brookshire (.419), Zamari Hinton (.409), Nene Alas (.382), Sydney Rasmussen (.321), Sydnee Strong (.297) and Mo Spieth (.280).
• Sacramento State already has 41 doubles (10 from Brookshire), and that average of 1.64 doubles per game ranks as the 21st best mark in the nation.

HORNET NOTABLES

• Senior Zamari Hinton is one of just two players in the nation that has yet to strike out with at least 50 at-bats. Hinton has not struck out in 93 at-bats, and Texas' Janae Jefferson has not whiffed in 87 at-bats. Dating back to her sophomore season, Hinton has struck out just three times in her last 280 at-bats, or once every 93.3 at-bats during that span.
• Designated player Alexxiss Diaz has yet to strike out in 46 at-bats.
• Shortstop Sydney Rasmussen has multiple-hit games in three of the last four, raising her batting average 24 percentage points to its current mark of .321.
Suzy Brookshire leads the Big Sky in average (.419), slugging percentage (.878), on-base percentage (.500) and ops (1.378) while ranking second in the league in runs scored (26), homers (8), doubles (10) and RBIs (31).
• The Hornets have used the same batting order in nine straight games: Alas (RF) batting first in the order, followed by Hinton (2B), Brookshire (LF), Spieth (1B), Rasmussen (SS), Diaz (DP), Strong (CF), Scott (C) and Maligad (3B).